Graham Stokes Tribute piece

The charity is fortunate to have so many passionate fundraisers and volunteers. Sadly earlier this year the charity lost one of its most dedicated and loyal supporters.

Graham Stokes was 80 when he died in July after dedicating nearly twenty years of his life to raising funds. With his beloved wife Pat Stokes beside him, the couple’s incredible charity work has raised over £1million pounds for the charity.

Together they worked tirelessly, holding various fundraising events at their home and working in their local community to help raise awareness of the charity.

Executive Assistant for the charity,  Ian Nicholls,  read an emotional tribute at his friends funeral summing up Graham’s passion for the charity; “Had Mr Stokes been a stick of Blackpool rock, it would simply have read Midlands Air Ambulance around the outside and in the middle, Pat.”

Ian Nicholls also praised Graham for his ‘enthusiasm, dedication, hard work, passion and loyalty.”

His wife Pat said; “He was extremely proud to be apart of the charity.”

Even in death, Graham was still ensuring no opportunity to help the charity was missed and the congregation were told that donations during the service would go to MAA.

Five Air Ambulance paramedics carried his coffin into St Saviours Church, Branston, as a fitting tribute to the man who had worked so passionately for them.

Pat has continued to fundraise for the charity and is planning future events in his memory. She said; “I’m going to carry on because the charity meant so much to my husband, it’s what he would have wanted.” 

OPERATIONS STATISTICS:
Missions completed since 1991 48,688 | 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.