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At the Hill Climb, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity will have a static display and will be running a number of activities, where you’ll be able to get an insight into the life-saving work undertaken by the service.
This year is a pivotal year for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, as it marks the 25th anniversary of the charity’s inception. Launched in May 1991 as ‘Air5’, the charity was one of the first air ambulance services in the country and had just one helicopter flying out of a temporary airbase five days a week. Now, the charity has three helicopters serving a population of six million people, and has responded to over 43,000 missions to date.
Advances in clinical care and extension of the service’s operations to fourteen hours a day have led to a necessary increase in funding, and the charity now needs to raise in excess of £7 million to operate its life-saving services.
Rod Spollon, event director, is excited to welcome the Midlands charity to the event: “We are delighted to be able to support such an important and hard-working charity. Many people will be surprised to know that air ambulances in the UK receive no government funding and only fly and operate due to the goodwill and donations of companies and individuals.
“Given the nature of our event, it seemed apt that our first charity partner should be the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.”
As well as taking part in the Chateau Impney Hill Climb, the charity will be running a series of events and activities throughout 2016 to celebrate not only 25 years of air ambulance operations across the Midlands, but the impact the charity has made on so many lives throughout that time.
Jason Levy, fundraising and marketing director for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, added: “We are honoured to be the chosen charity for the Chateau Impney Hill Climb in our Air25 anniversary year. The weekend is set to attract a great number of visitors, giving us the opportunity to highlight the importance of our pre-hospital emergency service, and help raise funds to enable us to fly further life-saving air ambulance missions across the Midlands.”
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