News Stories for July 2014

Step Inside The World Of MAAC!

You may have seen the striking...

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Step Inside The World Of MAAC!

You may have seen the striking Midlands Air Ambulance helicopters flying overhead on a life saving mission, but now is your chance to get up close to the famous red helicopters as the charity is hosting its annual Open Day at the Strensham airbase on Saturday 6th September 2014.

 

“Our Open Day has been designed to enable the public to see our incredible helicopters up close, and to meet our life saving aircrew, who do such a fantastic job across the region,” comments Jason Levy, fundraising and marketing director for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

 

The Open Day, which is free to enter, will run between 10am and 4pm, and in addition to meeting the aircrew and helicopters, visitors to the Strensham airbase will be able to view a range of emergency and military vehicles. They will also have the chance to take part in a range of family fun activities, and take advantage of a host of refreshments on offer. Plus a number of the charity’s sporting and celebrity ambassadors will be in attendance, as well as Maac the charity mascot and various characters from famous films such as Star Wars and Ironman.

 

Jason concludes: “We always enjoy opening the doors to our Strensham airbase and it’s a great fundraiser, helping our charity to fund further life saving missions across the Midlands. Our service is of great fascination to a lot number of people and this is the one opportunity in the year they can find out more about what we do. We tend to see around 2,000 visitors on the day, demonstrating it’s a great family day out with a host of things to see and do.”

 

Entry and parking at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Open Day is free. The Open is held at the Strensham airbase, northbound services, junction 8 of the M5, WR8 0BZ.

 

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Community Puts Its Best Foot Forward

Following the most successful Walk4Life event, organised by the Rock Pound The Bounds committee, over £5,600 was raised for the Midlands Air Ambulance...

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Community Puts Its Best Foot Forward

Following the most successful Walk4Life event, organised by the Rock Pound The Bounds committee, over £5,600 was raised for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

600 walkers took part in the walks, which took place on May Bank Holiday, 40 per cent more than attendance on previous years.

Henk Buzink, one of the key organisers of Rock Pound the Bounds, states: “This is the 14th year we’ve organised the event and the third time we’ve teamed up with Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

“We were overwhelmed by the level of support the Walk4Life event received. Participants undertook either a six, 12, 18 or even 25 mile route around the glorious Worcestershire countryside and all helped to raise thousands for Midlands Air Ambulance.”

Maria Jones, regional fundraising manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, added: “We are often called to incidents involving walkers in remote parts of the countryside, so everyone’s support on the day was gratefully received and we are still receiving sponsorship money now, which is enabling us to continue our life saving work.

“In addition, we are incredibly grateful to the Rock Pound the Bounds committee, once again they have organised a fantastic event.”

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Free Will Writing Service Offered Across The Midlands

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has partnered with a network of leading solicitors across the six counties covered by the life saving charity to offer a Free...

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Free Will Writing Service Offered Across The Midlands

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has partnered with a network of leading solicitors across the six counties covered by the life saving charity to offer a Free Will Writing Service to the public.

The charity responds to on average 2,000 incidents each year, with four in every ten missions funded through a gift in a Will. The new Free Will Writing Service has been developed to raise awareness of how vital this type of fundraising is and what a significant part it plays in saving lives.

Jason Levy, fundraising and marketing director for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, explains: “Donations through a Gift in a Will play an ever increasing part in how we fund our life saving service. We want to ensure people across the Midlands that are considering making or updating their Will are able to do this without any cost.  The service is available to everyone aged 55 and over, regardless of whether they are supporters of the charity or not. To enable us to do this, we have partnered with a number of leading firms within the Midlands, including Wall James Chappell, Rutherfords LLP, Graham Withers, TA Matthews, Willans and Hallmark Hulme.

“Those that do decide to use the Free Will Writing Service and leave a gift, no matter how large or small, can take great comfort in knowing their legacy will be saving lives for many years to come.”

Wall James Chappell is leading the firms in the scheme. Susannah Griffirths from WJC comments: “A Will is a very important document as it ensures a person’s assets and belongings go to those they care about the most. It is also an opportunity to leave a gift to a good cause, such as the Midlands Air Ambulance, which relies so heavily on legacies to fund their life saving missions, so we are delighted to be working in partnership with the charity to offer the Free Will Writing Service.”

The charity’s Free Will Writing Service is available to those aged 55 and over. To find out more and to request a free leaflet about the service, please contact Midlands Air Ambulance Charity on 0800 8 40 20 40 or visit www.midlandsairambulance.com.

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