£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

       

 

2017 Winners:

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.

 

 

OPERATIONS STATISTICS:
Missions completed since 1991: 49,869 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts up to three horse riders each week.