Birthday time for air ambulance

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 June 2014

Pilot John Rigby and critical care paramedic Mike Page posed with the critical care bear and a pink helium balloon.

Pilot John Rigby and critical care paramedic Mike Page posed with the critical care bear and a pink helium balloon.


PARAMEDICS, pilots and volunteers at life-saving charity the Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAA) have celebrated its sixth birthday.

The crew attended its first mission on June 3, 2008 when it was called to a collision on the M5, at junction 21, Weston. Since, the team, who are based at Filton airfield, have attended 12,795 missions.

GWAA fundraising manager Emma Carter said: “I want to say thank you to everyone involved with the charity since we launched, for their hard work and dedication.

“The number of missions we have attended since 2008 show just how crucial the air ambulance is.”

The charity, which works seven-days a week all year-round, receives no funding from the Government or the National Lottery, leaving it to rely entirely on the generosity of the people it serves to continue operating.

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