Charity to star in Channel 5 show

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is to appear in the first episode of a new celebrity based surprise show. 

‘Celebrity Wish List’ will air next Monday, Oct 3rd at 7.30pm and Midlands Air Ambulance was chosen along with just a handful of others from across the UK, to be presented with dream gifts to help with the running of the life saving charity.

Jeff Brazier surprised staff and volunteers during a meeting last month. He burst in with film crews and presented speechless staff with a selection of wish list gifts the charity desperately needed but simply could not afford.

Ian Nicholls, who has worked for the charity since its foundation, said; “This is the charities 20th Anniversary and to have been surprised like this is overwhelming. To be presented with gifts that were only a dream twenty years ago is truly wonderful.”

Midlands Air Ambulance needs £6 million pounds a year to operate and receives no government or national lottery funding. The charity responds to on average 10 missions per day or over 3500 each year. John Birchill knows more than most how precious each public funded air lift is and the show focuses on the story of his nine year old son, miracle air lift survivor; Joshua Dudley.

Joshua, from Willenhall, was involved in a road traffic accident last Easter and was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where his parents were told to prepare themselves for the worst.  Despite his horrific injuries, Joshua survived and is set to make a full recovery.

Joshua’s dad, John, explains; “Response time is crucial with brain injuries and if we had made the journey by land ambulance I dread to think what his lasting injuries would have been. Midlands Air Ambulance genuinely saved his life; they gave Joshua a second chance.  Nothing I can say could possibly come close to thanking them fully for saving my little boy”

 The 30 minute episode will show Jeff Brazier learning about the charity and what wishes would make a real difference, before he is set the task of making those wishes come true.

The charity relies solely on the generosity of public donations to operate three helicopters which serve communities across six counties.

Celebrity Wish List is on Channel 5, Monday 3rd October at 7.30pm click here to see the sneak peek




Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.