News Stories for September 2014

Get Involved With National Air Ambulance Week

Air ambulance charities, including Midlands Air Ambulance, are once again coming together to celebrate National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) which takes place between 22nd and 28th September...

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Get Involved With National Air Ambulance Week

Air ambulance charities, including Midlands Air Ambulance, are once again coming together to celebrate National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) which takes place between 22nd and 28th September 2014.  

NAAW is an initiative created by the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) and celebrates the life saving work of UK’s local air ambulances, giving them a national voice and an opportunity to raise awareness of the work they do at a local level.

Together, the UK’s air ambulance charities raise £96.7 million each year through generous donations from the public. The charities operate 36 helicopters, responding to around 70 incidents every day of the year.

Supported by a volunteer network of over 2,500 people, we are one of the most exciting and innovative group of organisations in the UK.

To raise awareness of the work of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, for this year’s National Air Ambulance Week, the AAA is urging the public to get involved by recording a short video saying the same words, “I support my local air ambulance, do you?” and then nominating friends and family to do the same.  The video can then be uploaded to Facebook or Twitter (mentioning @MAA_Charity) using the hashtag #NAAW2014.

To help raise funds for the charity, Midlands Air Ambulance is urging the public to text to donate during the week by texting MAAC00 £1 to 70070.

Hanna Sebright, chief executive for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said, “National Air Ambulance Week has now become a regular feature on people’s calendars and there are so many different ways that people can get involved. The creation of a video and donating via text is one of the easiest ways to demonstrate your support of our vital life-saving charity, so we are looking forward to seeing how the public respond.”

To find out more about Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and how you can get involved, find us on Facebook and Twitter (@MAA_Charity).

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Thanks For Your Open Day Support

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Thanks For Your Open Day Support

The team at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity would like to thank the 1,800 visitors for attending the charity’s Airbase Open Day, which helped to raise a fantastic £5,400 for the service.

 

The annual event, which is a highlight in the charity’s fundraising calendar, gives the public a chance to meet the life saving flight paramedics and doctors, and get up close to one of Midlands Air Ambulance’s air ambulance helicopters.

 

The day was compered by Phil Upton and visitors, both young and old, viewed a variety of visiting aircraft and exhibitions and took part in activities, plus they took advantage of a host of refreshments.

 

Jason Levy, fundraising and marketing director for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity said, “Now it its 14th year, our annual Airbase Open Day is always well attended, but this year we were overwhelmed by the level of support and would just like to thank everyone who joined us on the day and made it so special.

 

“We’d also like to thank all the exhibitors and our volunteers for their support on the day, without them it wouldn’t have been such a success. The £5,400 raised will help fund further live saving missions in our region.”

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