AN appeal has been launched to find volunteers who can give some of their time to the North West Air Ambulance Charity shop in Heswall.

The charity is on the look out for enthusiastic individuals to donate their spare time at the Telegraph Road store.

Founded in 1999, NWAS flies on vital missions across the region seven days a week.

With a team of paramedics, doctors, pilots, a fleet of rapid response vehicles and three helicopters, the charity attends more than 2,000 missions each year.

The North West Air Ambulance Charity’s head of retail, Paul Freethy, said: “As our organisation grows, and our stores become important hubs in the community, we’re looking for people to join us on our mission to bring lifesaving pre-hospital care to patients.

"Our volunteer teams play an essential role at the charity, their dedication and enthusiasm help to keep our crews in the skies.

"It’s a fantastic role which received plenty of support from our volunteering and retail teams at the charity.”

For volunteers in store there are a number of roles from serving customers at the till, sorting through donations, creating shopfront displays and working on the shop floor.

Local volunteer Paul Johnson said: “I’ve been at our Heswall store since its opening and it’s been incredible!

"I wanted to give back to a charity that’s had a real impact in Merseyside and it’s been such a rewarding way to spend my time.

"The team I volunteer with are great to be around, and I’ve made real friends here.

"The work can change from day to day, so it keeps me on my toes, and to know that your time is really making a difference to patients’ lives makes it so worthwhile.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can email or call the support team on 0800 587 4570.