East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme

All doctors in EMICS are volunteers who attend emergency incidents at the request of and in support of staff from the ambulance service. These doctors are all very experienced, fully trained in trauma work and are equipped to perform lifesaving interventions at the scene of a wide variety of incidents such as road traffic collisions and medical emergencies.
There are currently 24 active EMICS doctors volunteering in their holidays and spare time across the East Midlands and they responded to more than 1,700 calls last year.
EMICS is a registered charity and receives no government funding or financial assistance whatsoever other than donations so funding is crucial in order to keep the scheme operational in the future. Although all the doctors work for EMICS on a totally voluntary basis, the scheme urgently needs to raise funds to purchase more of the specialist equipment that the doctors carry and to fund the recruitment and training of more doctors. A typical set of equipment for the doctors cost around £6,000 and includes items such as defibrillators which cost £1,500 each and protective boots costing £80 per pair.

Anyone wishing to support the work of EMICS can do so by telephoning the Treasurer on 07909 547156 or by visiting www.emics.org.uk where there is a form to complete for sending Gift aided Donations.
You can follow EMICS on Facebook at '999EMICS' or on Twitter at @emics999
The Belvoir Wassailers are staging a gala concert comprising four very different choirs to provide the audience with an spectacular treat. The beneficiaries are very important charities providing rural emergency services across a number of local counties and both are funded by public donation.
De Montfort University Gospel Choir

Formed in 2004 in Leicester, the DMU Gospel Choir have gone from strength to strength performing at some prestigious venues and events and alongside some big names. They have become the University Choir Of The Year in 2016 and in the same year were BBC Songs Of Praise Choir Of The Year finalists.

The DMU Gospel choir has been working assiduously in the Leicester community and further afield. We do a lot of different activities:
• Performed at various events e.g. DMU Graduation ceremonies, DMU Open Days, DMU Matriculation, Premier Gospel Awards show, Queen's Jubilee, Rev Jesse Jackson, Jackie Chan
• Representing DMU at competitions such as UGCY and BBC
• Collaborating with Artists, Societies and Organisations including Kasabian, DMU Acapella Society, and Global Hands (Run for Africa)
• Engaging DMU students through the DMU Christmas Winter Event
• Community outreach covering workshops in local schools, engage local community projects, supported Leicester Cultural City Bid
• They are the Leicester City Football Club (LCFC) chant singers appearing on SkySports, BBC, ITV sports and many other media channels; also singing in pubs and bars during the football season. Also taking part in the Gloria Hunniford Programme on the BBC
• Charity performances including LOROS Hospice, Disability Rocks, Leicester Kidney Patients Association (LKPA), Hospital wards, causes in Jamaica, and the Lord Mayor's Appeal

As you can see, an accomplished choir and you will see from their performance that they have a strength of sound together with the capability to enthral the audience attention.

The RockChoir

Enjoy an uplifting and exhilarating performance by the UK's favourite contemporary choir. There are over 200 Rock Choir Members across the three choirs in Grantham, Melton Mowbray & Newark, led by Choir Leader Kat Tye. Kat will be presenting a contingent from The Newark area to perform a selection of fun, upbeat, feel-good songs from the Rock Choir repertoire.

Rock Choir has over 20,000 members in more than 350 local communities nationwide. It offers an alternative experience to the traditional classical or community choir, pioneering a new approach to vocal training and entertainment. It offers the general public the chance to sing pop, rock and chart songs with no entry audition, no requirements to read music or have any previous singing experience.
Cranwell Military Wives Choir

The Lincolnshire based choir, forms part of the 70 Choir network representing this important international organisation, under the direction of Rowland Lee, who also writes and arranges some of the music performed by these ladies.

Families of service personnel move around frequently and it can be tough to put down roots, make new friends and get to know people in the local community. Add to that the stresses and strains of loved ones being deployed away from home often for long periods, and life can have its challenges.

But by coming together to sing, each choir creates a valuable support network for women in the military community. Choir members can help one another through the tough times, celebrate the good times and sing through it all together!

They perform regularly with the RAF College Band and have previously been on stage with the RockChoir. You will be charmed by their presentation of their specially selected pieces to be performed on the night.
Belvoir Wassailers

The Belvoir Wassailers, a male voice choir based in the Vale of Belvoir, was originally formed over ten years ago from the Belvoir Castle Estate workforce and they now have a core membership of over thirty men.

Directed by Caroline Jones, they perform concerts for charity around the Vale of Belvoir, straddling the borders of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Rutland, having raised over £35,000 for local concerns and national charities.

The music that they perform tends not to be the traditional male voice choir repertoire but takes on a more light-hearted and modern feel.

If you want to know the official description of the term 'a Wassailers' well it is One who drinks wassail; one who engages in festivity, especially in drinking; a reveller. On stage they are a little more well behaved although Caroline may challenge that statement.
Each mission costs approx £2,500 and we fly an average of 3 missions per day, 365 days of the year. Each year we need to raise £2.5m to keep flying and saving lives.

Since our Charity began, over 23 years ago, we have undertaken more than 18,200 life-threatening missions, delivering specialist medical attention to the people of Lincs & Notts in their greatest hour of need. Traveling at speeds of up to 190mph, our skilled team of pilots, doctors and paramedics effectively bring the equivalent of an A&E department to the scene of an incident and can transport a patient to a specialist unit or major hospital in a fraction of the time taken by road ambulance.

We are based at RAF Waddington, south of Lincoln. This base is unaffected by road congestion, country roads, heavy vehicles or road works. Our Helicopter, affectionately known as our 'Ambucopter', is fully equipped for almost any medical emergency. It is usually staffed by a pilot, two paramedics and a doctor.

Every year we are called upon for approximately 1,000 missions. Each year the generous people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire help us raise the money to do this! Please continue to spread the word, organise fundraisers, play our lottery, volunteer your time and donate to our 11 charity shops across the counties. Together we can keep this vital lifesaving service operating for many years to come.

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The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is a dedicated Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. We can reach any point in the two counties in less than 20 minutes and on average can transfer a patient to hospital within 8 minutes.
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Mark Dennison

Mark was born in Manchester but moved to the
north east of England when he was four. His
earliest memory of this was falling off his go-kart
and cracking his head open on moving day....
ouch!

He came to Nottingham in the late 1980s and worked voluntarily for Nottingham Hospitals Radio. His big break came in the early 1990s, when some weekend work/holiday cover came up at TFM radio in the north east and later at Trent FM in Nottingham.

After graduating, Mark's radio career took him back to the north east, then to Yorkshire and back to Nottingham in 1996. He stayed at Trent FM until 2010, when he joined the BBC.

Mark loves to take the show out on the road; outside broadcasts include a week-long trip along the Trent and the canals by boat, exploring Nottinghamshire by caravan and a live show from Sarajevo to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Torvil and Dean's Olympic triumph.

Mark is married to the legendary 'Mrs D', who works for the NHS. They have a son and a daughter, plus a Labrador called Oscar, and a rescue dog called Ollie….no-one knows what he is!

Mark's interests include cooking, playing squash and cycling – he's taken part in several charity rides, including London to Paris, 100 miles in a day around London in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and the Great Notts Bike Ride on several occasions.

Also, Mark is a keen Forest fan - he attends most home games and does the stadium announcements on match days.
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Cranwell Military Wives Choir

Cranwell Military Wives choir was formed in October 2012 by RAF Wife Nicola Swann and has continued to rehearse weekly at RAF Cranwell.

The choir has had an amazing few years performing in many concerts, big and small, recording an album with the wider MWC network, performing with the Band of the RAF College, Christmas Carols at Peterborough and Sheffield Cathedrals and even singing on stage with Lulu.









The best thing about the choir is that it's such a friendly, supportive place. Members are all aware of the stresses and strains of military life, so there is always a hug if you need one, a shoulder to cry on and plenty of laughter, fun, tea and cake! Singing truly is good for the soul and Cranwell MWC feel lucky that they get to do it together.

Musical Director Rowland Lee is a renowned composer, arranger and orchestrator. Having graduated from the Royal College of Music, he orchestrates for both theatre and tv production and is one of the best known composers for animation in the UK.