Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex To Attend Midlands Air Ambulance Charity 25th Anniversary Garden Party

To mark Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s 25th anniversary celebrations, the charity is today (Tuesday 17th May) honoured to confirm and announce that Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex has accepted an invitation to attend the AIR 25 Garden Party at Hagley Hall in Worcestershire this Friday 20th May.

Her Royal Highness accepted the invitation after hearing about Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s vitally important work in the region over the last 25 years and having undertaken 46,000 lifesaving missions since its inception as ‘Air5’ when it was first launched from Hagley Hall 25 years ago in 1991.

At the Garden Party, The Countess of Wessex will be greeted by the Lord Lieutenant for Worcestershire, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft, LVO OBE and will then be introduced to a number of invited guests who have made a significant difference to the charity over the last 25 years. Her Royal Highness will meet former patients, volunteers, fundraisers, aircrew, charity staff, trustees and corporate partners, including Pertemps who are kindly supporting the Garden Party.

The Countess of Wessex will unveil a commemorative memento to honour 25 years of service by the charity, marking the very spot that the first air ambulance helicopter Air5 was launched from Hagley Hall in 1991.

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity CEO Hanna Sebright said of the announcement: “We are truly honoured and delighted that Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex has graciously accepted our invitation to attend the 25th Anniversary Air25 Garden Party at Hagley Hall. Her presence will be an important and great privilege to the former patients, staff, fundraisers, volunteers and aircrew that have enabled us to provide vital lifesaving emergency medical care to the people and counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands for the last 25 years.

This year will be a landmark in our service having provided lifesaving emergency medical care for over 46,000 former patients. The presence of The Countess Of Wessex to mark such an occasion is a fitting tribute to the work of the charity.”

Whilst the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s Garden Party is an invite-only event, you can still support the charity during the 25th anniversary celebrations. to find out more, please contact Midlands Air Ambulance Charity on 0800 8 40 20 40.



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.