Star Studded Charity Ball Raises Thousands For Midlands Air Ambulance

Rugby stars Mike Tindall and Andy Goode were among the famous faces who attended the Midlands Air Ambulance Recognition Awards and Charity Ball held at Edgbaston Stadium on Saturday 29th June.

The glittering event attracted 450 guests from the world of business, sport and entertainment, who all came together for a night of fundraising for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. In addition to the sporting greats, local celebrities Jo Malin, Phil Upton, Michael Collie and Nina Hossain attended the evening.

Held in conjunction with the West Midlands CARE Team, the black tie event started with a drinks reception and the arrival of two of the service’s red helicopters, which landed on Edgbaston Stadium’s famous pitch. Guests were then treated to a fantastic four course dinner, followed by live entertainment, casino, silent auction and prestigious raffle.

During the evening, which raised £20,000 for the charity, the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity 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.

On the night the winners were:

Volunteer of the Year – Geoff Woodford from Rowley Regis

Young Fundraiser of the Year – Matthew McLean from Rugeley in Staffordshire

Fundraiser of the Year – Eddie Heath from Dilhorne in Staffordshire

Extreme Fundraiser of the Year – Claire McQuoid from Warstock in Birmingham

Business Partnership of the Year – Capgemini, based in Telford

Medic of the Year – Claire Bosanko from Penkridge and Matt Boylan from Tewkesbury

Airlift Hero – Claire Davies from Hereford

Special Recognition Award – Midland Expressway, operators of the M6 Toll

Hanna Sebright, chief executive for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “I am always humbled by the overwhelming generosity and support we receive, which is why we wanted to recognise those who have helped make Midlands Air Ambulance Charity what it is today. All our winners are very deserving and the nominees narrowly missed out and I can’t thank them and the general public enough for their great work and unbelievable commitment to our service.

“The night was a sell out and we raised £20,000. Bearing in mind each mission costs £2,500, this total will go towards saving numerous lives across our region.”

OPERATIONS STATISTICS:
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.