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Meet the Team

Aircrew
Leadership Team
Trustees

Role: Critical Care Paramedic

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? I’ve been working on the Wiltshire Air Ambulance since November 2005.

What is your background/training? I joined the Ambulance Service in November 1998, working out of Swindon Ambulance Station and also working at Marlborough and Malmesbury on a road ambulance.  I qualified as a Paramedic in 2001. 

What do you love most about your job?  The opportunity to help people and to make a difference. Every second is different. Also, I have a great view from my ‘office’ window.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself... I have lived and studied in Paris and been run over on the Champs Elysee! I was very lucky not to be seriously injured and I still have one ‘fatter’ shaped ankle!

Critical Care Paramedic
Jo Gilbert

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? I completed my training in September 2010 and after working on the unit in relief capacity for four years I am now a full time member of the crew.

What is your background/training?  I have been a Paramedic for 10 years and am also a qualified training officer.  I previously worked as a Team Leader in the SWASFT North HART Unit.

What do you love most about your job?  Working on the Air Ambulance is a privilege, it gives patients the best chance of receiving treatment quickly and then transport to the most appropriate hospital to aid their recovery.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself...  I can play the drums and ride a unicycle (though I've never tried both at the same time).

Critical Care Paramedic
Louise Cox

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance?  I was fortunate to join the Wiltshire Air Ambulance in 2003.

What is your background/training? Ambulance Paramedic at Trowbridge Ambulance Station for 8 years including being qualified as a Paramedic Instructor before joining WAA.

What do you love most about your job? The variety of the Job both on the Aircraft and via land.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: If I wasn't a paramedic, I'd like to be a Millionaire.

Trainee Critical Care Paramedic
Steve Riddle

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? July 2017

What is your background/training? I qualified from UWE in January 2011 with an FDSC in paramedic science. From there I worked in Bath as a paramedic, RRV paramedic, Mentor and finally Practice placement educator. In 2015 I took a secondment as a Learning support officer (LSO) managing the education for all ECAs in the north. However when offered the role I did not want to lose my clinical contact so also took an extra promotion to learning development officer (LDO), responsible for all staff education, annual training and assessments for half of South Wiltshire.As my LSO secondment ended I took a 75% LDO and 25% RRV paramedic role to allow nonmanagerial time. Here I taught ECA initial training courses and maintained clinical and driving training and assessment responsibility for half of south Wiltshire.

What do you love most about your job? I get to meet loads of different people, chat to them, often in their most difficult times and forge relationships that hopefully they will remember for the positive. I do get a sense of satisfaction driving around and passing places I've seen patients. With this role those locations are becoming much more disperse.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself... I have a scar on my head from falling through a glass door when I was 3.

Trainee Critical Care Paramedic
Craig Wilkins

Role: Trainee Critical Care Paramedic

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? July 2017

What is your background/training? I qualified as a Paramedic in 2007 after studying Paramedic Science at Coventry University and soon after began working for Great Western Ambulance Service in the Gloucestershire sector on double crewed ambulances and rapid response cars. In 2010 I took up a new position as a Paramedic with the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) based in Bristol. In 2014 I was appointed as an Operations Officer which involved leading a team of HART Paramedics and fulfilling the role of operational commander at the scene of complex or hazardous incidents.

What do you love most about your job? The nature of the incidents we attend often means the work is very dynamic and demanding. I enjoy the challenges of the role and it is very satisfying when you know you have made a difference. Meeting patients again when they visit the base after their recovery is a real privilege.I feel very fortunate to be part of a great team of experienced clinicians and pilots and of course, I’m very lucky to be able to fly around Wiltshire as part of my job!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself...  I’ve camped in the middle of the worlds largest lake, in Siberia, in winter.

Trainee Critical Care Paramedic
James Hubbard

Role: Critical Care Paramedic

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? I started on the 25th June 2015

What is your background/training? I was a HEMS paramedic from Hampshire

What do you love most about your job? I just love my current role.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: I studied ornamental koi in Israel for two years before I joined the fire department/ambulance service in South Africa.

Critical Care Paramedic
Paul Rock

Role: Trainee Critical Care Paramedic

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? I joined the team in June 2015 following an extensive selection process a month prior.

What is your background / training? I have been a qualified paramedic since 2005 and spent time overseas with the military before joining the South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust full time in 2012.

What do you love most about your job? I love being part of an incredible team who strive for excellence. Every single person aims to deliver the best possible clinical care and it's an honour to be a member of my new surrogate family.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. I was lucky enough to have a two hour flight in a Harrier Jump Jet and the pilot did his best to make me sick....He was successful!!

Trainee Critical Care Paramedic
Keith Mills

Role: Critical Care Paramedic

What is your background / training? I started my ambulance career in 2002 with the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service as a Care Assistant on the Patient Transport Service. Back then you weren't able to work on a frontline A&E ambulance without first "cutting your teeth" on PTS. After two months I was fast-tracked onto frontline and undertook my Ambulance Technician training at the Southern Ambulance College in Chippenham.

In 2005, I moved to old Avon Ambulance Service and worked at Bath Ambulance Station undertaking my Paramedic training shortly after joining. I remained at Bath for the following ten years during which time I qualified as a Paramedic Mentor with the Chartered Management Institute and assisted with the training of student Paramedic's.

What do you love most about your job? To be honest, I love everything about it! I am fortunate to have an exciting and varied job where I get to help some of the most critically ill and injured people in Wiltshire and surrounding counties.....and the flying is awesome of course!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: I own a Narrowboat and you will often see me boating up and down the Kennet and Avon canal with my family. What better way is there to unwind after a hard few days of flying around the Wiltshire countryside at 170mph than to cruise along the K&A at 4mph! It's wonderfully relaxing.

Critical Care Paramedic
Dan Tucker

Role: Critical Care Paramedic 

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? I started working with WAA in April 2014 in a developmental role and I joined as a full time member of staff in June 2015.

What is your background/training? I joined the London Ambulance Service in March 2009 where I trained as a technician and went on to qualify as a paramedic in 2011. After 3 years in the capital it was time to move back to the countryside where I started working with South Western Ambulance Service. I have worked at a number of stations across the trust and ended up being a mentor paramedic at Bath station before joining Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Since joining the unit I have completed my HEMS training and look forward to doing the PHEM course next year.

What do you love most about your job? Working for the unit is one of the most privileged jobs in the ambulance service. It is a role that challenges my abilities daily and allows us to provide the best care for our patients. Flying in the new aircraft is amazing and I will never get bored of being flown around the county.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: Before joining the ambulance service I was a physiotherapist for a professional rugby club and when I lived in London my next door neighbour was Dame Edna Everage!

Critical Care Paramedic 
Ben Abbott

Role: Critical Care Paramedic

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? June 2015

What is your background/training: I’m now into my 17th year as a paramedic. I initially started my medical training within the RAMC Corps and became an Airborne Medic. This allowed myself to see and deliver medical care in various countries and harsh environments.

During my medical career, I worked within Fire Service, Urban Search and Rescue teams and within private healthcare. Within the NHS I’ve done a number of operational roles including several managerial positions and now looking forward to my new role within the WAA HEMS team.

What do you love most about your job? I like the fact that every incident is different and no two days are the same. Greatest pleasure is supporting our colleagues and making a positive impact and delivering excellent patient care.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: Well I was considered too small to play rugby, though I've gone on to win some leagues and cups including playing at Brigade level within RAMC.  I also took part in a National Reality TV series several years ago.

Critical Care Paramedic
Fred Thompson

Role: Line Pilot

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance?​ I joined in November 2014

Tell us a little bit about your role: My job as a line pilot is to prepare and fly the helicopter in support of the medical crew.

What do you love about your job? Flying Air Ambulance enables me to combine my passion for flying helicopters with providing a really worthwhile, lifesaving medical service.  For me, it is a huge privilege working with dedicated and immensely talented medical crew who are helping seriously ill or injured patients.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: I am being followed around by Prince William, both as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot in North Wales and an Air Ambulance pilot in East Anglian.  Maybe he’ll come to Wiltshire Air Ambulance next!

Line Pilot
Nicky Smith

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? 19th January 2015

What is your background/training? Army Air Corps for 17 years.  Gazelle and Apache pilot Flying in 16 Air Assault Brigade.  Flown many different places in the world including Kenya, Cyprus, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland.  Trained as a Test pilot in 2009 and then served as a rotary test pilot for 3 years flying Lynx, Chinook, Apache, Gazelle and A109E.  The last two years before I joined the WAA I was an instructor at the Empire Test Pilots School at Boscombe Down.

What do you love most about your job? The reactive nature of the flying and working with the paramedics.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: I have flown over 30 different types of airplanes and helicopters and have gone supersonic.

Unit Chief Pilot
Matt Wilcock
When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? 
 
I joined in March 2016
 
What is your background/training?
 
I did 10 years in the British Army, flying Lynx in the Army Air Corps and a year up in the North Sea flying to the Rigs.
 
What do you love most about your job?
 
It's hard to say any one thing but, I love that every time we lift it's for real. In the military to prepare for Operations you do a lot of training which was always compromised with a statement 'if we were doing this for real we would do it this way . . . ' this job there is no caveat. We lift on 'time critical' jobs with crews that are mission focused and an aircraft that is tooled up for all the conditions we get exposed to. Then to top it all off we have great characters throughout the organisation who enjoy a Braai and a beer after work. What's not to love? Seriously???
 
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: 
 
I have literally caught a fish with my bare hands . . .  True story!!!
Line Pilot
Rob Collingwood

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? 

I returned to Wiltshire Air Ambulance on 1st February 2018.

 

What is your background/training?

Having obtained a Royal Navy Flying Scholarship from school, I obtained my fixed wing PPL before joining the Royal Navy, and subsequently, the Fleet Air Arm flying the EH101 Merlin all around the world in a multitude of roles embarked in Ships and ashore. Since leaving in 2010 I have flown an Irish Lord around Europe, flown Air Ambulance, Police and Trinity House lighthouse missions (including 3 years out of Devizes in our MD902 Explorer) before 3 1/2 years as a Search and Rescue pilot all around the UK  and in the Falkland Islands. 

 

What do you love most about your job? 

I love the reactive, challenging nature of the flying and the opportunity to make such a massive difference to people's lives.

 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: 

I am a keen sportsman and love outdoor challenges including the London Marathon, Welsh 3000s, 24-hour mountain bike relay race and a bike race against the tide!

Line Pilot
Rob Backus
When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? 
 
I joined Wiltshire Air Ambulance on 01 Sep 2018.
 
What is your background/training?
 
I have been flying helicopters since 1999 in all types of terrain and weather environments. Most recently I have just finished 11 years of flying to offshore oil and gas platforms in the North Sea.
 
What do you love most about your job?
Compared to my most recent job I love being part of the team that helps people when they need it most. Being surrounded by a group of people that have such passion and expertise and seeing what they do every day is a humbling experience.
 
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: 
I watched the opening of the Athens Olympics from the airship right above the stadium. 
 
Line Pilot
David 'Elvis' Costello

Directors

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance?

As CEO since September 2011

Tell us a little bit about your role:

My role as Chief Executive involves working with our unpaid board of trustees to set the strategy of the charity (including the annual budget) and then making sure that our Senior Management Team have all the resources and opportunities they need to deliver the objectives. I work closely with the Chairman and other board members, often being the public face of the charity as far as local media is concerned.

What’s your background?

I’ve had more than a decade of working with Air Ambulance charities.  I started out with Essex in 2001 before moving on to Kent in 2003.  Whilst there I expanded the service into neighbouring Surrey and Sussex where there was no Air Ambulance provision.  I was founding chairman of the Association of Air Ambulances from 2006 for 3 successive years and am a former member of the European HEMS and Air Ambulance Committee.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself:

Before entering the world of pre-hospital care and air ambulances I worked as a missionary in East Africa. 

Chief Executive
David Philpott

What's your role within the charity? Director of Income Generation & Communications

As Director of Income Generation & Communications I play a pivotal role in planning, developing and implementing a highly effective fundraising and communications strategy for WAA across a number of key income streams to significantly increase and maintain funding and profile for the Air Ambulance services. This role is also responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive communications strategy for the charity and overseeing all marketing activities.

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? March 2016

What do you love about your job? Everything, it is great to be part of a team which is helping to saves lives. I get to meet and work with the most amazing and inspirational people who together help raise the funds needed to keep us flying.

My role is incredibly rewarding and I feel that I have helped to make a difference, along with the charity team and crew.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: I have met the queen

Director of Income Generation & Communications
Barbara Gray

Role: Director of Aviation

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? I joined in May 2014

Tell us a little about your role: I am responsible for overseeing our flight operations and managing contractual and institutional relationships with a range of stakeholders: our operator (HeliCharter), the British Helicopter Association, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Lessor of our aircraft, Bell Helicopter, to mention a few.

What is your background/training? I have been a pilot in the Italian Navy for many years and have worked for a number of aviation companies. I have also worked in other sectors (boat-building and business consultancy) and still have an active interest in technology and Higher Education.

What do you love most about your job? I have grown and developed professionally in the helicopter sector, in a highly competitive business dimension; the charitable approach is fundamentally different and I have never had the opportunity to work alongside such an inspirational team of hugely committed individuals.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: I am a Laser sailor, a prog rock enthusiast and a proud father of four; the interesting fact is that my wife still bears with me.

Director of Aviation
Giorgio Bendoni

What's your role within the charity? Head of Finance

How long have you worked for Wiltshire Air Ambulance? Since August 2013

Tell us a little bit about your role: I hold the position at WAACT of Head of Finance, which means that I get involved from the level of donations being received right through to reporting on performance to the Trustees.

What do you love about your job? Everything! I feel that I can really make a difference within the Charity, despite not being frontline paramedic staff, I feel part of the team which is helping to save lives every day and to hear or read the heart felt stories tells all of us that we work for a magnificent Charity.  The people of Wiltshire are passionate about their service and that passion translates into fundraisers and volunteers giving up their time to raise money for such a worthy cause.  To be part of that energy and excitement is nothing short of a privilege. 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: I was in the CD:UK audience more times than I would like to admit, but did see all of the Spice Girls and met Ant and Dec, also saw 5ive perform for the very last time, my left arm featured heavily in one link…. Ant and Dec are REALLY small…..

Head of Finance
Danielle Friend

What’s your role within the charity? Director of Development & Resilience

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? October 2013

Tell us a little bit about your role: I’m responsible for exploring and leading on development opportunities that will allow the charity to flourish in a changing funding and operating environment as well as making sure the charity is resilient by scenario mapping unforeseen events and appraising emerging trends across the air ambulance sector and charity sector as a whole.

What do you love about your job? The variety and challenge. I feel very privileged to have been part of the team that helped make our new airbase a reality. Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a great cause, it’s there for everyone and makes such a difference tohelping save people’s lives. My role is incredibly rewarding and it’s a good feeling when I come home from work knowing that, in some small way, I’ve helped to make a difference. I love my job and am very passionate about the fantastic work that the air ambulance crew and the charity team do. I’m also very humbled by the amazing fundraising people do to support their local air ambulance.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: I beat a silver Olympic medal winner over 80m hurdles (when I was considerably younger and fitter!)

You can get in touch with Cheryl via email: cheryl@wiltshireairambulance.co.uk

Director of Development & Resilience
Cheryl Johnson

Management

What’s your role within the charity? Clinical Service and Ground Base Manager

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? Two months ago, I was previously the Operational Officer – Critical Care Paramedic for six years before with Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Tell us a little bit about your roleManaging the day to day business of the clinical and base for WAA

What do you love about your job? Being able to help people and know we all make a difference.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: I love baking cakes!

Clinical Service and Ground Base Manager
Richard Miller

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? 19th January 2015

What is your background/training? Army Air Corps for 17 years.  Gazelle and Apache pilot Flying in 16 Air Assault Brigade.  Flown many different places in the world including Kenya, Cyprus, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland.  Trained as a Test pilot in 2009 and then served as a rotary test pilot for 3 years flying Lynx, Chinook, Apache, Gazelle and A109E.  The last two years before I joined the WAA I was an instructor at the Empire Test Pilots School at Boscombe Down.

What do you love most about your job? The reactive nature of the flying and working with the paramedics.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: I have flown over 30 different types of airplanes and helicopters and have gone supersonic.

Unit Chief Pilot
Matt Wilcock

Role: Head of Facilities and Security

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance?  I had worked as a Police Observer on the joint role Wiltshire Air Ambulance since 2002 and in October 2014 I decided to leave the police service in order pursue an exciting and challenging new career with Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Tell us a little bit about your role: I am responsible for the day-to-day control and management of the airbase and the safe and effective operation of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance aircraft.

What do you love about your job? I feel extremely lucky to be working for such a great charity.  I love the fact that I am part of a small team of great people who all work tirelessly in order to enable the Wiltshire Air Ambulance to continue with its life saving missions.  It is also a great privilege to work alongside our selfless volunteers who continue to put themselves out for the benefit of us all.  I also take great satisfaction from meeting and sharing experiences with many of our generous donors, community groups, patients and their families.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: I was awarded my Private Pilots Licence at the age of 17 (9 months before I passed my driving test!)

Head of Facilities and Security
Kevin Reed

What's your role within the charity? Head of People, Retail & Supporter Engagement

Tell us a little bit about your role: My role encompasses all the people connected to the charity, to promote and safeguard the wellbeing of our staff, supporters, volunteers and patients. Ensuring our vision and values impact on everything we do in all areas.

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance?  October 3rd 2010

What do you love about your job? I have the best job in the world, dynamic and poignant; it’s so easy to stay passionate and focused when your part of this great team that really makes a difference in people’s lives.  I’m very proud of what we all do for the public in Wiltshire and every one of us has a part to play in making sure we continue to have this life saving helicopter service in Wiltshire.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: I lived and worked in Spain in the financial sector for 3 and a half years and used to be fluent in Spanish. 

You can get in touch with Claire via email: claire@wiltshireairambulance.co.uk

Head of People, Retail & Supporter Engagement
Claire Kelly

How long have you been a Trustee for Wiltshire Air Ambulance? Since the new charity was formed.

What’s your background? With a BSc in Biochemistry and an MPhil in Immunology, I worked in medical research for a number of years.  I then founded and ran my own Biotechnology company for over 20 years before selling to a PLC.  I am currently working in business - mentoring for start-up and pre-profit companies.

What was your motivation to step forward to be a Trustee? Apart from the altruistic motivation of giving back to my local community, I have long had an interest in aviation and medicine.

What skills do you bring to the role? My background in running my own successful company, strategic planning and general business acumen equip me to analyse and focus the charity’s attention on critical areas such as optimum use of resources.

I’ve been a pilot for over 20 years and have flown helicopters for 6 years so have in depth knowledge of helicopters and the aviation industry.

Chairman
Chris Lear

How long have you been a Trustee for Wiltshire Air Ambulance?

Since its inception in 2011

What’s your background?

I was formerly a partner of Graham Miller & Co. - City loss adjusters - now retired.

What was your motivation to step forward to be a Trustee?

I was chairman of the so called ‘Shadow Board of Trustees’ a pressure group formed to encourage the NHS to make Wiltshire Air Ambulance become an independent Trust.

What skills do you bring to the role?

Public relations, diplomacy and negotiating skills, although my wife thinks my diplomatic skills are rubbish!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself:

I spent some time flying in helicopters around the Philippines on the movie ‘Apocalypse Now’ and was scared stiff so I admire very much the skills and bravery of our paramedics and pilots.

Lifetime President (Former Trustee)
Richard Youens

How long have you been a Trustee for Wiltshire Air Ambulance? Since the creation of WAACT.

What’s your background? It’s in the legal profession - I work for Withy King LLP Solicitors and before that I was with Townsends Solicitors.  I also did a stint with the Royal Navy.

What was your motivation to step forward to be a Trustee? A desire to give something back to Wiltshire – it’s the county in which I’ve worked for over twenty years.  Additionally an air ambulance, in a neighbouring county, saved the life of a friend who had a heart attack whilst out riding.

What skills do you bring to the role? Commercial legal knowledge and also a personal knowledge of charity commission rules and requirements.

Trustee
Peter Foskett

When did you join the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Board of Trustees? I joined Wiltshire Air Ambulance as a Trustee in January 2014.

What is your background? I have worked in the legal profession for over twenty years and am currently a Solicitor and Partner at Novum Law.  I am also a Director, Chairman and Trustee for Headway Swindon and District; a charity that assists adults with brain injuries and helps to support their families.  I live near Royal Wootton Bassett, am married and have two sons.

What was your motivation to become a Trustee? It’s the ability to work with others to develop the services for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. I feel a great sense of reward by helping the community.

I fully support the development of the charity as it is critical that they continue to deliver an excellent service that can help, save and improve the quality of people’s lives.

What skills do you bring to the role? I have been involved in the expansion of Headway Swindon and District and recognise that strong leadership and organisation skills help to achieve this. I feel that having both the legal knowledge and experience in working with charities enables me to contribute effectively to organisations such as Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Trustee
Anna Cole

When did you join the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Board of Trustees? I joined as a Trustee in March 2018

What is your background? I have worked in the oil industry and then the motor industry in a variety of sales, marketing and senior management roles. I live near Chippenham and I am married with two children.

What was your motivation to become a Trustee? I live and work in Wiltshire and have been a supporter of WAA for many years and believe the charity offers an amazing service to people in our county. I have joined at an exciting time as we move to the new Airbase at Semington with the whole team in one state of the art facility.

What skills do you bring to the role? Commercial skills with a strong focus on people and processes

Trustee
Mike Fellows

When did you join the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Board of Trustees?

 October 2018

What is your background?

I have been in aviation for over 30 years, as an operator and more recently, in various managerial appointments. As a Navigator in the RAF the majority of my career was spent at RAF Lyneham, flying the C-130K Hercules. After 23 years’ service I left the RAF, and have been with QinetiQ since 2012, recently being appointed a Ground Operations Manager, working closely with the Empire Test Pilot School.  I am married with a son.

What was your motivation to become a Trustee?

Having lived in Wiltshire for nearly 30 years, I very much appreciate what a great asset the Air Ambulance brings to the community and the role it plays in saving lives. To be able to contribute to such a worthwhile charity is a privilege.

What skills do you bring to the role?

An understanding of aircraft operations and general aviation management.

Trustee
Rob Kevan
Our Ambassadors
  • Shelley Rudman
    Wiltshire Air Ambulance Ambassador Shelley Rudman, Olympic silver medalist and World Champion in Skeleton Bobsleigh who lives in the Pewsey Vale, says:

    "Wiltshire Air Ambulance is very much needed in such a rural area. The plans for the new airbase are great. I particularly think the idea that schools can visit as part of an education programme is brilliant and enables everyone to feel more connected to the charity."

  • Lauren Booth
    Wiltshire Air Ambulance Ambassador Lauren Booth, British Champion Para-cyclist from Chippenham, says:

    “Wiltshire Air Ambulance covers such a large area and is able to get to incidents within minutes, with highly trained medics and specialist medical equipment on board, to save lives. A modern airbase with everyone based at the same place can only make the charity better.”

  • Alan Dedicoat
    Wiltshire Air Ambulance Ambassador Alan Dedicoat, broadcaster and who is known as the ‘Voice of the Balls’ on the National Lottery draw TV programme and is the voice of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One, says:

    “Wiltshire Air Ambulance can mean the difference between life or death due to the speed of its helicopter and the highly trained crew on board. The new airbase will have improved operation and training facilities, enabling the team’s paramedics to provide the best possible care to critically injured and ill patients.”

  • Paul Martin
    Wiltshire Air Ambulance Ambassador Paul Martin, presenter of BBC TV’s antiques programme Flog It! and who lives in Seend, says:

    “In a rural community like Wiltshire, the air ambulance is vital – it saves lives. We need it. It’s an extremely well supported charity with people fundraising for it day in and day out enabling the helicopter and crew to fly and save lives. The new airbase is very exciting and will enable the air ambulance to save future generations.”

  • Nick and Annette Mason
    Wiltshire Air Ambulance Ambassadors Nick Mason, musician and founding member of Pink Floyd, and his wife Annette Mason, an actress and aviation correspondent, say:

    “We have lived in Corsham for over 20 years and we are enormously keen supporters of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, both from the point of view of knowing people who have benefitted from the service but also because both of us are enthusiastic pilots ourselves. The new airbase will be a brilliant facility, enabling this wonderful charity to carry on its vital, lifesaving work.”

  • Suzanna Hext
    Wiltshire Air Ambulance Ambassador Suzanna Hext, para-dressage rider with the goal of competing for Great Britain in the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.

    "Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a vital service that we couldn't do without, especially in rural locations such as where I had my horse riding accident in 2012. If they hadn't airlifted me to hospital quickly, the outcome could have been different. The new airbase is crucial to Wiltshire Air Ambulance's future and the charity needs the public's support to raise the remaining funds to make it a reality." 

  • Stephanie Millward MBE
    Wiltshire Air Ambulance Ambassador Stephanie Millward MBE, multiple Paralympic medalist in swimming who lives in Box, Wiltshire.

    "Stephanie Millward was close to a place in the British international able-bodied team and, having broken the British record for the 100-metre backstroke at the age of 15, hoped to qualify for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney before she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  She qualified for the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, competed in London 2012 and Rio 2016." 

  • Matt Perry
    Wiltshire Air Ambulance Ambassador Matt Perry, ex-professional rugby union player, says:

    “Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a fantastic charity. Not many people know Wiltshire Air Ambulance is self-funded and I’m honoured to come on board as an Ambassador to help support it. The professionalism of the team is outstanding. The pilots and paramedics attend so many different accidents and traumas, from road traffic collisions to sporting injuries and catastrophic medical emergencies, such as cardiac arrests, and give the best possible care.”

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