Recogntion Awards & Charity Ball Raises £80,000!

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity would like to thank the 500 guests who attended the charity’s recent Recognition Awards and Charity Ball, as they helped to raise £80,000 for the vitally important life saving service.

The star-studded black tie evening, which took place on Friday 20th June at Edgbaston Stadium, was the charity’s most successful fundraising event to date. The night was attended by the charity’s celebrity ambassadors, supporters of the charity and a number of the service’s corporate partners.

Among the famous faces who attended were rugby star Mike Tindall MBE, Paralympic and Olympic stars, Lee Pearson MBE OBE CBE, Zac Purchase MBE, Jane Sixsmith MBE, David Stone MBE, and Ryan Cockbill, plus Phil Upton who kindly compered the event.

The glittering evening started with a drinks reception and the arrival of two of the charity’s red helicopters, which landed on Edgbaston Stadium’s famous pitch. Guests were then treated to a four course dinner, followed by live entertainment, casino, live auction and prestigious raffle.

The £80,000 raised on the evening will go directly towards funding over 30

Midland Air Ambulance missions across the region.

The events platinum sponsor was TH Baker and gold sponsors included Silverstone Auctions, GMS Group, Concept Resourcing, M6 Toll, Unity4, Graypaul Birmingham, Yougurt Top Marketing and Stlye Birmingham Magazine.

Hanna Sebright, chief executive for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, says: “Our Recognition Awards and Charity Ball is always a much anticipated event in our fundraising calendar. Not only does the evening help to raise vitally important funding for the Midlands Air Ambulance, it is also a chance for us to thank and celebrate the activities of a number of people and organisations who have demonstrated unfaltering support of the charity.”

During the evening, the Recognition Awards highlighted some of the great work of supporters, staff and patients in raising awareness and funds for the region’s much loved charity.

The 2014 winners were:

Volunteer of the Year, Sponsored by Concept Resourcing – Bill & Linda Snaith from Rugeley

Sky Champ,- Sponsored by Yogurt Top Marketing– 12 year old Joshua Dudley from Cradley

Fundraiser of the Year - Sponsored Unity4, Thelma Price from Bridgnorth

Extreme Fundraiser of the Year -  Sponsored Silverstone Auction– 3PeaksForLisa – family and friends from Uttoxeter

Business Partnership of the Year - Sponsored by M6 Toll – Wilkinsons stores

Medic of the Year - Sponsored by Graypaul, Birmingham -  paramedics Colin Apps from Worcester & Julian Spiers from Herefordshire

Bravery Award – Sponsored GMS Group - Oliver Fernihough from Herefordshire

Special Recognition Award – Sponsored by T.H. Baker - Members of Midlands Air Ambulance’s aircrew (recently named Air Ambulance Team of the Year at the Ambulance Service Institute Awards) – Ian Walley, Katherine Ellis, Fay Pollock, Dr David Balthazar and pilots James Benson and Graham Cannell.

 

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.