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Wiltshire Air Ambulance launches virtual bucket collection

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has launched an Online Donation Bucket to help generate vital funds for its essential lifesaving service.

The charity’s Critical Care Paramedics continue to operate on the frontline fighting the Coronavirus pandemic, attending emergencies and treating those critically unwell patients who need their specialist care.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has been forced to postpone all fundraising events and close its Charity Shops. Understandably COVID-19 has also had a major impact on the corporate support the charity receives as well.

Now the charity has launched an Online Donation Bucket for the people of Wiltshire to fill up and share with family and friends, aimed initially at raising £10,200 - the amount it costs daily to keep the lifesaving service operational.

Fundraising manager Des Regan said: “The majority of our usual fundraising streams have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

“All of our own fundraising events have been postponed and the same applies to the countless community events which are arranged by the general public across Wiltshire for us.

“However, costs continue to be incurred for our lifesaving service, with our crew continuing to operate on the frontline, fighting this pandemic head on.

“The general public will be used to seeing our donation tins and buckets across the county – and now we’re launching a virtual version.

“We want as many people as possibly to share the donation bucket on their social media channels like Facebook or retweet on Twitter – just get the message out there.

“Every donation counts and goes towards saving lives. Please donate whatever you can – but just as importantly, please share the virtual bucket and pass it around to friends and family.”

Wiltshire Air Ambulance needs to raise £3.75 million a year to keep flying and saving lives. In March the charity celebrated its 30th birthday, having been operating its lifesaving service since 1990.

The Online Donation Bucket can be accessed here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/WAADonationBucket.

WAA Trainee Critical Care Paramedic Sophie Holt and Critical Care Paramedic Dan Tucker in the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) used in the battle with the COVID-19 pandemic

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