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 email@example.com or call 01507 525999.