Town’s MP supports air ambulance

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 October 2015

John Penrose visiting the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

John Penrose visiting the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

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WESTON-SUPER-MARE’S MP John Penrose visited the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) to see its new helicopter.

He met members of GWAAC’s team and was shown its new EC135 helicopter, which was bought with donations.

The air ambulance relies solely on charitable donations and requires £2million a year to stay operational.

It has recently received a £1million boost from the Government’s Libor Fund to help its life-saving work.

Mr Penrose said: “I was delighted to visit the team and see the bigger, better new helicopter.

“It’s particularly impressive because they’re a charity, funded by donations from local people and businesses, rather like the lifeboats. And they’re vitally important for us in here Weston and the villages, as they pick up more patients from our neighbourhood than most other parts of their area. So we benefit more than most from the vital, charitable service they provide.”


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