Thanks a million - the cost of saving LIVES

Steve Hyde
Steve Hyde

The astonishing cost of helping saving lives across our county will top more than £1m, a Lincolnshire based charity has revealed.

Officials at the Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES) say they need £1.1m to cover operating costs over the next 12 months.

The organisation - which is largely dependant on volunteer responders - attends more than 1,500 call-outs every month.

Stephen Hyde, LIVES’ marketing manager, admitting that raising such a significant sum was a daunting task.

However, he said the charity was determined to succeed because without its efforts, more people could die.

Mr Hyde explained around £300,000 of funding was secure from health service sources.

The rest - around £800,000 - comes from donations and fundraising efforts.

He said: “It is a major challenge but we have got to do it.

“We get a lot of support. It doesn’t matter whether people raise £20 or £30 - or £30,000. Every pound helps.”

He added: “These are the type of donations we rely on. They literally are our life blood.”

Mr Hyde revealed it was hoped to expand the Tennyson race, across the Wolds, into a 
bigger event this year, attracting more than 200 runners.

He added: “The organisers already do a great job and we are very grateful. It would be great to think we could get even more people 
taking part.”

• LIVES is still looking for people to raise funds by competing in the Lincoln 10K run on Sunday March 22.

Anyone wanting to enter to should email or call 01507 525999.