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Bumper amount of fundraising to begin our 30th birthday year!

This year is a special year for Wiltshire Air Ambulance as it is our 30th year of operation. A generation of people have been saved by our crews – but this has only been possible thanks to the generous donations we receive from the community, businesses and grant-making trusts.

Here is a round-up of some of the fundraising undertaken by our supporters recently.

Sixteen-year-old Charlie Whelan, of Warminster, braved wet weather and battled through injury to cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End. He visited our airbase, in Semington, just before Christmas to present the amount raised.

Last month we welcomed more supporters who visited to present cheques including:

Adam and Karen of Whitley Golf Club, near Melksham, who organised a captain’s charity day. The club is continuing to support our charity in 2020.

Staff of Grant UK, a business based in Devizes, whose fundraising included ‘Food Fridays’ bake sales, dress up days and the White Horse Walk. The company is also continuing to supporting us this year.  

Lady members of Kingsdown Golf Club, Corsham, including our volunteer Tricia Crapnell, following a year-long partnership with our charity, which included a golf day which our paramedic Keith Mills took part in.

Staff from two businesses in the Corsham area, The Pension Solutions Group, which had a year-long partnership with us, and Octavian Wine Services. Octavian are continuing to support us this year.

How to get involved in fundraising for our charity.

Members of Coleview Community Centre, Swindon, who supported us in a year-long partnership and their events included a music festival. They are continuing to support us in our The Sky’s The Limit challenge.

John Gibbs, of Semington, along with his wife, daughter and a friend. John asked for donations to our charity for his 80th birthday.

Trudi Speirs, who organised a firewalk in Bromham, and participants.

Staff at the Marks & Spencer store in the Brunel Shopping Centre, Swindon, held a variety of fundraising events and our partnerships co-ordinator Valerie Whistler visited the store to receive a cheque.

Finally, Local IQ staff – the advertising arm of Newsquest newspapers Swindon Advertiser, Gazette & Herald and Wiltshire Times – handed over a cheque from a supplement produced late last year. The supplement was supported by a number of local businesses, with a portion from each advert donated to our charity.

The amount raised from all the donations above is just over £39,000.

We value every donation as they all help in our mission of saving lives across Wiltshire and surrounding counties.

Remember our charity is not funded directly by the Government and receives no National Lottery grants.

As we celebrate 30 years of saving lives, with your continued support we can be here to save the next generation.

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