WALES AIR AMBULANCE is delighted to announce it will be opening the doors to its new Mold shop on Wednesday, March 1 2023, which will coincide with the Charity’s 22nd anniversary.
The lifesaving service began operation on St David’s Day in 2001 and has gone on to attend 44,500 missions since its inception.
The new shop, which will be based at the former Poundstretcher site in the Daniel Owen Centre, will not only help to raise money for the all-Wales Charity but it will be the hub for the north-east Wales retail operation.
The building has been totally transformed and there is much excitement in the town ahead of its opening.
Wrexham shop manager Sharon Jones will be heading up the new Mold store. Ieuan Denman has been recruited as sales assistant and a number of people have also signed up to volunteer in the shop as a result of pop-up events in the town.
Sharon said she was looking forward to the new shop opening on the Charity’s 22nd birthday and had a few ideas planned to mark the special day as well as St David’s Day.
She said: “We are all very excited to get started and make Mold a really successful store. To open on such a special day for the Charity and St David’s Day makes it even more poignant.
“We have recruited a fantastic team as well as a number of volunteers, who are all looking forward to meeting members of the community and helping to support the Wales Air Ambulance Charity.
“Every time we have been in the store, members of the public have been asking us when we are opening and there is definitely a buzz in the community surrounding the opening. Even my regular customers in our Wrexham store are looking forward to visiting the Mold shop.”
The shop has a large amount of storage and floor space which will enable the Charity to accept more donations. It will also have the capacity to hold and distribute donated stock to the Wrexham shop.
Sharon added: “We are excited to offer quality furniture as well as larger items and we believe this will encourage more people to the shop. The store has had new energy efficient lighting, new flooring and looks modern with the Charity’s new branding. We encourage people to come to the shop on March 1 and say hello as a warm welcome is waiting.”
The Mold shop is an essential part of the development of the Wales Air Ambulance’s retail blueprint across Wales. It is part of a longer-term strategy to increase the Charity’s retail footprint and engage with supporters in their communities.
Rob Coles, Head of Retail for the Wales Air Ambulance, said: “Our shops are not just retail outlets, they are part of the community they serve. The new hub will contribute to our lifesaving service. This is an exciting development for the Charity, and we are delighted that the facility has created new job and volunteering opportunities. We are looking forward to enhancing our relationship with the people in the area and welcome members of the community to celebrate our 22nd birthday at the shop on March 1.”
The Wales Air Ambulance needs to raise £8 million every year to keep the helicopters in the air and its rapid response vehicles on the road.
The Wales Air Ambulance service offers advanced critical care across Wales. It is delivered via a unique Third Sector and Public Sector partnership between the Wales Air Ambulance Charity and the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS Cymru).
As a result, the service is consultant-led and is known as a ‘flying emergency department’, taking hospital-standard treatments to the patient at the scene of an incident. This includes the ability to administer anaesthesia, deliver blood transfusions and conduct minor operations, all at the scene of an incident.
Mold Town Council said it was pleased that the Wales Air Ambulance has chosen Mold to open its North-East Wales retail hub and charity shop.
Councillor Haydn Jones, Mayor of Mold Town Council said: “I am delighted to welcome the Wales Air Ambulance shop to our town. The Charity does tremendous work and our NHS relies on the service the Air Ambulance provides to help patients receive treatment quickly, the difference could quite literally be life or death.
“I know the new shop in Mold will be well supported by our community and sales in Mold will help the Wales Air Ambulance with their fundraising. On behalf of Mold Town Council I would like to wish all the staff and volunteers the very best of luck with the opening and look forward to calling in to meet everyone.”