Thousands Visit MAAC Airbase
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity opened the doors of its Strensham airbase in Worcestershire, to thousands of supporters who, despite the typically British weather, attended to support the charity, helping them to raise nearly £5,000.
The Open Day which takes place annually, saw the public meet the aircrew, see the air ambulance helicopter up close and browse pop up shops whilst being entertained by a live band.
Celebrity guests, Irish heavyweight boxing legend, ‘Big Joe Egan’, actor & former British, European & World Kickboxing Champ, Waine Turner and former professional snooker player turned sports commentator, Willie Thorne, attended and were interviewed live about their extensive sporting careers.
The annual Open Day is an important event in the charity’s calendar, as it helps to raise vital funds and awareness of air ambulance operations across the region. £7 million is required each year to ensure the Midlands Air Ambulance can operate, which is provided wholly by the generosity of public and local businesses. The Open Day this year raised nearly £5,000 which will help to fund two future lifesaving missions.
Michelle McCracken , fundraising manager for the charity in Worcestershire, says: “Our airbase Open Days are always fun, family days out and this year was no exception. We have been commemorating our 25th anniversary throughout 2016 and this was the perfect way to involve our supporters in Worcestershire. Despite the weather, we raised more than last year and it's testament to people's unfaltering support.”
“We would like to thank everyone that came along and donated by purchasing merchandise or dropping change into a bucket, and the traders who attended and donated a sum of their profits.”