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Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is asking the general public to have a Fry-up to help raise money on the charity’s 21st birthday.

Tomorrow, Wednesday May 13, the air ambulance is celebrating its 21st birthday and will be having a birthday party at their RAF Waddington base.

Slightly unusually, they will be swapping cakes for fry-ups, and are asking the general public to do the same and help save a life.

To show support, the charity are asking the public to snap selfies of themselves enjoying a fry-up and uploading it to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hastag: #flytofry. They are also suggesting, if supporters would like to go that extra mile to help save a life, they could get sponsored to do something fun, silly or bizarre. For example, cooking a fry up for family or friends; hosting a Come Dine With Me, or getting ‘their GaGa on’ and wearing their fry up to work or school!

And why a fry up and not a cake? Well, it’s all down to one of the Doctors who flies with the crew! Every day of the year the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance crew start their shift at 6.30am by heading to the helipad to inspect the ambucopter. Having checked all is safe and ready for the day’s life-saving flights, they then head back to the base for their briefing. Once a week however, something special happens; something special courtesy of Doctor Dave. The crew starts their day with a life-saving breakfast; the breakfast of champs; the Great British Fry Up.

CEO Peter Aldrick says: “This year is a very special year for us and so we wanted to celebrate it in a way that represents the true camaraderie and team spirit we have. The 13th May will be a great day for us as it was back in 1994 when we first airlifted a patient. We’re looking forward to us all getting together and celebrating a service that has flown over 16,000 missions and saved thousands of lives. We have other events planned throughout this 21st year and we hope people will support us in those too.”

The charity team will be joined by BBC Radio Lincolnshire to broadcast the celebrations. Melvyn Prior will be hosting his show from 9am until midday live from the Ambucopter’s RAF Waddington base. He will be joined by many guests including the crew, charity team, East Midlands Ambulance Service colleagues and previously airlifted patients.

The charity will be getting further support from trentbarton buses who will be handing out 200 bacon butties to the public at their Sutton and Nottingham bus stations. The butties will be given to customers at the bus stations on a first come, first serve basis. The bus service will also be transporting the charity team to the event.

ISS Defence Catering at RAF Waddington will be providing fry-ups and donating all profits to the charity.

All information on the day is at click here.

The charity’s social media sites are Facebook: /Ambucopter, Twitter: @LNAACT and Instagram: LNNACT.