Luton ambulance worker raises £10k

Luton fundraise

An ambulance worker who completed a fundraising challenge for her colleagues while shielding during the Coronavirus lockdown has returned to work at Luton Ambulance Station with a welcome present – a cheque for over ten thousand pounds.

Dionne Jones, who works as an apprentice emergency care support worker (ECSW) at the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST), walked ten kilometres a day for 30 days around her home in Cranfield, in Bedfordshire, to raise money to support her colleagues who were working on the front line during the pandemic.

With strong support from the local community and an appearance on BBC Look East, the original target of £1,000 on the JustGiving page was soon sailed past and the total raised stood at £10,162 when Dionne completed the 300km on the 3rd June.

The money raised is being put in a fund for counselling sessions to support the mental health of staff at the station, a subject that is close to Dionne’s heart.

Dionne, who has worked at EEAST for 18 months and aims to be a fully trained paramedic, said: “It was an emotional rollercoaster when I first started shielding due to an underlying condition, as I was beating myself up at not being on the front line with my colleagues during this challenging time.

“As exercise is proven to be good for mental health, I came up with this idea of challenging myself to walk 10km a day for 30 days and set up a JustGiving page to raise money for mental health support for my colleagues.  

“Mental health support is important in all lines of work, but I feel it is especially so for the emergency services and I am so pleased the money raised is there to help my amazing colleagues who I am incredibly proud to work alongside at EEAST.”

Dorothy Hosein, Chief Executive Officer of EEAST, said: “I would like to thank Dionne for her fundraising efforts and this is a fine example of staff looking out for their colleagues.

“The mental health of our staff, both in and out uniform, is one of EEAST’s top priorities and Dionne’s efforts have not only raised awareness among her colleagues but also provided additional funding for support services.”

Published 1st July 2020

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