News Stories for November 2014

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Launches New Volunteering Drive

The team at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has launched a new marketing campaign to encourage further volunteers to join the charity by demonstrating just how important volunteers are to supporting...

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Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Launches New Volunteering Drive

The team at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has launched a new marketing campaign to encourage further volunteers to join the charity by demonstrating just how important volunteers are to supporting the great work of the vitally important emergency service.

The campaign, which stars life saving flight paramedics stood shoulder to shoulder with some of the charity’s dedicated volunteers, highlights they both help save lives in the region and asks the question ‘could you?’

Alison Hill, volunteer manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, explains why the charity is launching the campaign: “We have an extremely supportive family of 80 volunteers, who assist at fundraising events, cheque presentations and talks. As we operate the largest air ambulance region in the UK, unfortunately there are still some areas of the Midlands where we have very few, if any volunteers living locally, which is why we launching our new volunteering drive.

“We want to demonstrate that everyone associated with Midlands Air Ambulance helps saves lives, whether they are one of our highly skills doctors or paramedics or choose to support the charity that soley funds the service. Each life saving air ambulance mission costs £2,500 and our volunteers are hugely important in helping us to raise awareness of our charitable status and assisting us at fundraising events around the region.”

If you are interested in donating some of your spare time to supporting the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, by volunteering even just a couple of hours per month, you can help to save lives in the region. To find out more, visit www.midlandsairambulance.com, or call volunteer manager Alison Hill on 0800 8 40 20 40.

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MAAC & Help Harry Help Others In Landmark Partnership

Birmingham based charity Help Harry Help Others (HHHO) and Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC) have teamed up as part of a...

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MAAC & Help Harry Help Others In Landmark Partnership

Birmingham based charity Help Harry Help Others (HHHO) and Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC) have teamed up as part of a new partnership to support each charity's fundraising efforts.

HHHO volunteers have made over 2,000 limited edition bracelets in the MAAC’s brand colours of red and yellow, the bracelets will be on sale at MAAC shops, events and their website and profit from the sale of these bracelets will be split between both charities.

The new partnership is set to raise funds that will support local communities in the region and fund further life saving air ambulance missions across the Midlands.

 Georgie Moseley, Chairman of HHHO said: “The partnership with Midlands Air Ambulance charity is very important for us, it is something that more charities should do. It is all about working along side each other and giving back to the community.”

Jason Levy, the fundraising and marketing director of MAAC added: “We’re delighted to have launched this partnership with Help Harry Help Others, another well-loved charity and a fantastic cause.

“It is not often that you see two charities coming together in their efforts to help serve their communities and that is something we’re very proud of.”

Those interested in finding out more about the life saving work of the Midlands Air Ambulance charity can visit the website at www.midlandsairambulance.com while anyone looking to learn more about the inspirational story behind Help Harry Help Others can visit www.hhho.org.uk.  

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Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Recognised at Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence

Almost 250 guests celebrated the best and brightest from the air ambulance world on Monday...

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Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Recognised at Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence

Almost 250 guests celebrated the best and brightest from the air ambulance world on Monday 17th November at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2014.

Awards host, BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin handed over ten awards to some outstanding individuals and teams, whose stories were inspirational, astonishing and humbling. The awards, which are independently judged, went to pilots, paramedics, doctors, fundraisers and volunteers who collected their trophies from Louise Minchin and co-host, Red Dwarf’s Robert Llewellyn, at the ceremony held in central London last night.

An enthusiastic audience listened to the remarkable stories of each shortlisted nominee, all of whom demonstrated excellence and commitment well above and beyond the call of duty.

Among the winners were Midlands Air Ambulance’s aircrew, who were recognised for their incredible skill, swift thinking and commitment to patient care when tending to a patient whose arm was caught in farming machinery. The team included paramedics Ian Walley, Kather ine Ellis, Fay Mason, doctor David Balthazar, and pilots captain Graham Cannell and James Benson.

Chairman of the Judging Panel, Guy Opperman MP, said:  “I can safely say that our job this year was made incredibly hard by both the number and the high quality of the entries. The exceptional skills, care and devotion of all those who were nominated was amazing and humbling to all of the judges, and for many categories we said what a shame it was that there can be only one winner. On behalf of the judges I would like to thank all those who made a nomination, congratulate every single nominee, and salute the winners.”

 

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MAAC Scoops Community Grant In Stourbridge!

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has been awarded £3,000 in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 in Stourbridge.

Following votes from members of the public the charity has been awarded a...

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MAAC Scoops Community Grant In Stourbridge!

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has been awarded £3,000 in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 in Stourbridge.

Following votes from members of the public the charity has been awarded a grant from Lloyds Bank to enable it to continue doing good work in the community.

The grant will help enable the charity to continue its crucial life saving work across not only the local community of Stourbridge but across six counties, serving in excess of 6 million people.

Sofia Voutianitis, the charity’s corporate fundraising manager said: “The Lloyds Bank Community Fund will make a huge difference to Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and we are so grateful to everybody who voted for us to receive the grant.

“The charity is funded entirely by the generosity of local individuals and businesses so without this type of income every year we simply wouldn’t be able to keep doing what we’re doing.”

The Lloyds Bank Community Fund was set up to help local people across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man to have a positive impact at the heart of their community by giving grants to 1,400 local good causes in 350 communities.

Nearly 1.5 million votes were cast for good causes across the country during the voting that took place between 2 September and 10 October. Over 700,000 people will be benefit either directly or indirectly from the good work the 1,400 good causes across the country will be able to deliver as a result of receiving a Community Fund 2014 award.

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MAAC Special Guests At A Right Royal Opening!

The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity was among some very special guests at the opening of a new chain’s brand new multi-million pound Walsall store.

JTF officially launched its new,...

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MAAC Special Guests At A Right Royal Opening!

The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity was among some very special guests at the opening of a new chain’s brand new multi-million pound Walsall store.

JTF officially launched its new, 44,000 square foot store at the weekend and on Sunday (9th November) the charity was on hand to join in the excitement with shoppers from around the West Midlands.

Maac, the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity mascot was meeting and greeting visitors while the interactive ‘Helipod’ gave people the chance to get up close and personal with the inside of one of their aircraft.

It capped a memorable weekend for the store, which has created more than 70 jobs at its location in the Bescot Retail Park, as on Saturday the official ribbon cutting was made by Prince William and Kate Middleton look-a-likes.

The buzz of activity and interest was present through the two-day event as shoppers browsed their way through the extensive range of products, and store manager, Peter Hatton was delighted with the launch, said: “We were pleased to welcome so many fantastic special guests, and a stream of shoppers across both days.

“Our ‘royal’ guests caused quite a stir and the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity was extremely popular, too. We were thrilled to have them with us and thank them for joining in the fun at the weekend.”

Donations from the public on the day raised £480 for the charity, and corporate fundraising assistant, Jon Cottrell (pictured with Peter and Maac) added: “The launch event was great for everybody involved and it was brilliant to see so many people popping in to the new store, and taking a keen interest in the work the charity does.

“We are funded entirely by donations from the public and businesses so these events are absolutely crucial for us."

Shoppers keen to take advantage of the range of products on offer at the new JTF store can visit their website at http://www.jtf.com/walsall

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Outstanding Achievement Award for MAAC Volunteer

One of the many unsung heroes of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity scooped an award the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust Excellence in the Community Awards, an illustrious ceremony to...

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Outstanding Achievement Award for MAAC Volunteer

One of the many unsung heroes of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity scooped an award the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust Excellence in the Community Awards, an illustrious ceremony to honour members of the public who’ve gone the extra mile.

Nikita Davis picked up an Outstanding Achievement Award at the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust Excellence in the Community Awards for her dedication and commitment as a volunteer with MAAC.

The 21-year-old is one of the familiar faces at the charity’s retail store in Wellington, Telford, where she supports the manager and greets all comers with her cheery manner.

Her hard work was recognised at the event, sponsored by Cardiac Science and Ferno UK which was held at Walsall Football Club. The evening recognised the efforts of Community First Responders, St John Ambulance, other emergency services and other voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals.

The quick-thinking and bravery of Steven Mitchell, Julian Spiers and Capt. Richard Steele among many others was also celebrated after they all played a huge part at the scene of emergency situations.

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