Together, we CAN help air ambulance patients

John Nowell welcomes you to the home page of the charity he founded

As John explains in the video above, Helipads For Hospitals really does offer a Win-Win:

  • By picking up cans YOU can reduce litter, improving our local environment
  • By recycling aluminium cans, YOU can reduce the need to mine bauxite, the raw material, and save energy
  • By donating cans to Helipads For Hospitals (H4H) YOU could save lives

How can you donate cans?

It’s easy… just e-mail giving us your street address (including postcode for our SatNav), your telephone number(s) and the number of bags or cans you have.

How many cans are needed?

We have recently reviewed our earliest estimates about how many cans we will need for each helipad. We know a helipad will require about 80 tonnes of aluminium. We are now working on the basis of the charity needing about 5.7 million cans for each helipad.

Where can you donate cans?

The current sites of our Big Red Bins are:

BRB 0001ShepshedBritannia St, Shepshed, Loughborough LE12 9AE
BRB 0002RuskingtonSt Georges Academy, Sleaford Rd, Ruskington, LincsNG34 9BY
BRB 0003SleafordSleaford High School, Jeremy St, Sleaford, LincsNG34 7RS
BRB 0004RuskingtonWinchelsea Centre, High St N, Ruskington, LincsNG34 9DY
BRB 0005SleafordCarre’s Grammar School, Northgate, Sleaford, Lincs.NG34 7DD
BRB 0006StamfordThe Cattle Market, Stamford, LincsPE9 2WB
BRB 0007SleafordHockmeyer Motors Ltd, Lincoln Rd, Sleaford, Lincs. NG34 8NP
BRB 0008Barrow upon SoarCo-op Car Park, 19-21 High Street, Barrow Upon Soar, LoughboroughLE12 8PY
BRB 0009BourneCorn Exchange Car Park, 3 Abbey Road, LincolnshirePE10 9EF

But soon we hope we will have four more BRBs…. Watch this space

The Big Red Bin newly delivered to Barrow Upon Soar on 07.08.2020

The Big Red Bin at Shepshed, with members of Shepshed Interact Club, who are supporting Helipads For Hospitals

The BRB sponsored by Sleaford Kesteven Rotary

You can see from the photos on this page that several Rotary clubs are supporting H4H by collecting tins and by donating the £720 (inc VAT) to provide Big Red Bins. In fact Rotarians are seeking a matching grant so for every £360 they raise or receive in donations, they can get a further £360, effectively halving the price.

So, if you or your employer has £360 — or even £720 — tucked away in a piggy bank, we would love to hear from you!

How can you help further?

Empty your cans fully — spillages of even a few drops of drinks per can can make our vehicles really stink! (Guinness and Coke seems to be the worst mix).

But empty cans take up a lot of space, so if you can crush your cans (even if just by stamping on them) they take up a lot less space in our vehicles. That means we don’t have to make so many journeys, saving time and fuel.

Members of several Freecycle groups have generously donated one-tonne builders’ bags which are an integral part of our logistics operation. If you have any spare big bags, please let us have them.

Last edited: 23:00 on 03.09.2020

3 thoughts on “Together, we CAN help air ambulance patients”

  1. Good morning – as a firm we have been collecting the aluminium can for the helipad appeal. We were going to take them to Allington Village store but this has now closed. Can you please advise if you are able to collect them from us. We are in Grantham and have a full dustbin bag.

    Many thanks,

  2. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you… John and Jim have both been busy collecting cans today!

    These are the current locations of the BRBs (Big Red Bins):
    BRB 0001 Shepshed Britannia St, Shepshed, Loughborough LE12 9AE
    BRB 0002 Ruskington St Georges Academy, Sleaford Rd, Ruskington, Lincs NG34 9BY
    BRB 0003 Sleaford Sleaford High School, Jeremy St, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 7RS
    BRB 0004 Ruskington Winchelsea Centre, High St N, Ruskington, Lincs NG34 9DY
    BRB 0005 Sleaford Carre’s Grammar School, Northgate, Sleaford, Lincs. NG34 7DD
    BRB 0006 Stamford The Cattle Market, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2WB
    BRB 0007 Sleaford Hockmeyer Motors Ltd, Lincoln Rd, Sleaford, Lincs. NG34 8NP

    If none of these are convenient for you, please e-mail us by clicking on ‘Contact Us’ at the top right of this page and giving us your e-mail address, street address and phone number(s) and we’ll contact you so we can get to you as soon as possible.

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