Thousands raised at charities annual open day
Midlands Air Ambulance opened its air base doors to the public last weekend and raised over £10,000 for the life saving charity.
The rapid response helicopters are a familiar sight in the skies across the Midlands and on Saturday 3rd September the Strensham operational airbase held its 9th annual open day, allowing supporters to see up close the vital difference their donations make.
BBC Midlands Today host Nick Owen who has long been a supporter of the charity, opened the event in Worcestershire and the day was bigger and better than ever before.
Guests were treated to a tour of the base and its facilities and throughout the day paramedics and pilots were there to give talks about the incredible work they do, giving supporters and survivors a better insight into just how important their fundraising work is.
Other activities on the day included displays by a variety of visiting emergency services and classic cars but the star of the show was of course the E135 aircraft.
Visitors also had the rare opportunity to see just how quickly the crews respond, when they were called to two emergencies during the day. Crowds gathered to watch as the crew raced into action and took to the skies.
The day was also a chance for aircrew and charity staff to thank supporters for their continued help.
Annie Newell, area fundraising manager and event organiser said; “It was a truly wonderful day. It was a fantastic to see the crew, staff, volunteers and supporters together and a great way to thank those who fundraise tirelessly for us.
Thank you to everyone who visited and contributed towards raising more than £10,000 in donations.”
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity needs £6million pounds a year to operate and receives no government or national lottery funding.
The charity relies solely on the generosity of the public to ensure its three aircrafts continue to fly and serve across the six counties it covers.