£142,000 Raised At Glittering Gala
Guests of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s Recognition Awards and Charity Ball raised an astonishing £142,000 for the charity on Friday 30th June, spurred on by hosts superstar Jason Donovan and ITV News presenter Nina Hossain.
The event, which took place at the Vox Conference Centre in Resorts World Birmingham, saw nearly 500 guests dig deep to help fund 57 future lifesaving air ambulance missions.
Supported by event partners T.H. Baker jewellers, nine awards were presented to loyal fundraisers, inspirational former patients and lifesaving aircrew.
Charity ambassador and Paralympic gold medallist Sir Lee Pearson CBE, was acknowledged with a Special Recognition Award for his ongoing support of the charity’s work.
Former patient Natalie Queiroz was also acknowledged for her bravery and inspirational fundraising efforts after being airlifted in 2016. A short film about her story and recovery was played to the audience and she was given a standing ovation upon accepting her award.
Hanna Sebright, chief executive of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, explains: “It was a sensational evening and we are so grateful to the event sponsors and everyone who attended for helping us to raise these vital funds.
“It was truly heart-warming to see so many people come together and celebrate the charity’s loyal supporters, staff and aircrew.”
Phil Higgs, managing director of TH Baker adds: “The whole evening from the awards to the live entertainment was magnificent and we are incredibly proud to have played such a big part in it.”
Guests were greeted by swing band ‘The Rat Pack Boys’ and entertained at the after party by live band, ‘Jumpin’. A host of celebrity supporters also made an appearance including Lynne and Peter Gilbey from Channel 4’s Googlebox, former British equestrian Nick Skelton CBE and Emmerdale actors Joe Gill and Anthony Quinlan.
To see the image gallery visit the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MidlandsAirAmbulance
To find out more about TH Baker please visit: www.thbaker.co.uk
YOUNG FUNDRAISER AWARD SPONSORED BY FUSION COMMUNICATIONS - Louis Johnson
CHARITY VOLUNTEER AWARD SPONSORED BY UNITY4 - Paul Humphries
BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP AWARD SPONSORED BY GMS GROUP - Monaco Insurance
FUNDRAISER AWARD SPONSORED BY TOWER LOTTERIES - Sandra Speck
EXTREME FUNDRAISING AWARD SPONSORED BY PERTEMPS - Bear Grylls Survival in Africa Challenge
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD SPONSORED BY CONCEPT RESOURCING - Sir Lee Pearson CBE
AIR AMBULANCE PILOT AWARD SPONSORED BY EBC GROUP - Matthew Wood
AIR AMBULANCE CLINICIAN AWARD SPONSORED BY M6TOLL - Karen Baker
INSPIRATION AWARD - Natalie Queiroz
View the nomination videos here.