One milestone passed… now for the next

Pritesh and Channi do the heavy lifting

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 was another milestone day for Helipads For Hospitals.

Founder John Nowell and our supporter Andy delivered a 45ft articulated lorry trailer chock-full of aluminium items —mainly drinks cans —to emr metal recyclers at Kingsbury, near Tamworth.

The number of cans and different-sized bags make it impossible to accurately count cans. So we are weighing each lorry-load. The first lorry-load weighed just under three metric tonnes. It is estimated that each helipad we provide will require an average of 80 tonnes of aluminium.

The day that John and Andy emptied the trailer was one of the hottest of the summer and their labours were hampered by the number of plastic bags we had included in the trailer.

The volunteers take a welcome break after an hour of physical activity

Six days later, on August 18, 2020, thirteen volunteers met at our storage facility to begin the process of re-filling the recently-emptied trailer. Under blue early-evening skies, they got stuck in and within an hour had had loaded 32 one-tonne bags —the equivalent of about six weeks’ donations.

They emptied the wild assortment of bin bags and other bags so there will be less to do next time we take the trailer to the smelting firm.

Wombles Sam Laywood and Geoff Walker display their hi-vis jackets provided with the help of sponsors

The team, led by John Nowell (Rotary Club of Stamford St Peter’s) included Ngaire and Rob Hall with the immediate past president of their Rotary Club (Shepshed) Phil Marriott with Leicester Novus Rotary President Sarita Shah, Maya Vansia, Jason Chauhan, Channi Riyait and Jim Matthews. Sarita’s brother Pritesh came and helped, as did Maya’s husband Pradip. The Rotary volunteers were very grateful for the physical efforts of Geoff Walker, (stomping’ Geoff) of the South Leicestershire Litter Wombles and Sam Laywood, (Belton Sam) of the North Leicestershire Litter Wombles.

Builders bags stacked up to four high in the murk of the trailer

They enjoyed the banter and the satisfaction of seeing the trailer getting filled again.

To learn more about South Leicestershire Litter Wombles, please visit their Facebook page here

North Leicestershire Litter Wombles have their Facebook Page here

Both Facebook pages are worth visiting. You will scarcely believe how many bags of litter they remove from our streets, roads, lanes and hedgerows.

Their efforts are truly heroic.

Smile, please. Sarita receives her Presidential chain of office from Maya

The Novus Rotarians enjoyed watching Immediate Past President Maya hand over the chain of office to Sarita on their first face-to-face meeting since the COVID-19 crisis caused the Rotary Club to continue its weekly Thursday evening meetings via Zoom.

If you would like to know more about volunteering opportunities with Helipads For Hospitals (motto: ‘Action Not Words’) or Rotary (‘Service Above Self’) please click on the Contact Us button at the top of this page or at the top of any of the pages on the website

Or you could ring Jim on 0795 197 2914.

Last edited at 19:30 on Wednesday, 19.08.2020

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