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Joint-president Ian Gaunt presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 21 August 2015.  He welcomed regular guest, past-president Frank Clifford from the Rotary Club of Bolsover.


A board was circulated giving details of the club’s summer barbecue which is being held at the home of joint president Ian and Jackie Gaunt on Sunday 23 August 2015.  The next meeting of the club’s community service committee is on Monday 24 August 2015.


The after lunch speaker was David Brocklehurst, a volunteer with the Air Ambulance Service, which is the umbrella organisation for the Children’s Air Ambulance – a national transfer service for seriously ill children and babies – and two local air ambulance services: Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) based at Coventry Airport, and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) based at East Midlands Airport.


The charity operates three Agusta Westland 109 helicopters, regarded as the fastest civilian helicopter in the world.  They provide a rapid response to trauma and medical emergencies over an area of 3850 square miles. They cover many of the UK’s major road networks including the M1, M6, M69 and M42. With an average response of just 13 minutes, between them they attend on average six missions a day.


The Air Ambulance Service is one of only two totally independent air rescue providers in the UK and they receive no government funding so the service is provided entirely through the generosity of members of the public and the corporate sponsors.


Volunteers are always needed to help in a variety of ways, including help with the first Air Ambulance Week Appeal, which is upcoming 21st -27th September.  Street collectors, collection organisers, or house-to-house collectors are required in every town.
Members noted that a new Air Ambulance Charity Shop has recently opened in Chesterfield town-centre at 22 Burlington Street, Chesterfield.  Anyone who would like to make a donation to the shop can call in (or the shop can make arrangements to collect), for items such as clothing, bric a brac, books, CDs or DVDs. To learn more about volunteering, visit the shop and talk to a member of their team. Alternatively, call 08454 130999 or visit
David Brocklehurst (centre) with president Ian Gaunt (left) and
speaker host, past-president Roy Willett (right)


A vote of thanks to the speaker was proposed by past-president Roy Willett and the closing toast was proposed by past-president John Moss.


The guest speaker on Friday 28 August is Angela Jones, an eye clinic liaison officer with Sight Support Derbyshire, which is a charity that is dedicated to improving the lives of people with sight loss throughout Derbyshire. Speaker host is David Longden and duty rotarian is Barrie Hubbard.