Roy’s Legacy Lives On

With four in ten Midlands Air Ambulance missions funded by a Gift in a Will, legacy giving is extremely vital to the continued operations of the charity’s lifesaving service.

The late Royston Edwards had a strong affiliation with the Midlands Air Ambulance, after the service tended to him twice and airlifted him once during his lifetime. For this reason, he kindly bequest £10,000 to the charity in his Will, and funding from his legacy has now helped fund four further life saving missions in the region.

Roy, who started his working life as a car mechanic, before trying his hand at sales and estate agency, was well known and loved by everyone in his home village of Fiddington in Gloucestershire. He was always there to lend a hand and was renowned for fixing broken lawnmowers or boilers for the neighbours. 

His cheeky, yet sensitive personality meant he was looked up to by many, especially his granddaughter Rebecca who was the apple of his eye. After being inspired by her ‘gramps’ Rebecca is currently studying engineering at school and is also a rising star in the go karting world.

Roy’s family visited the Strensham airbase in Worcestershire to find out more about the emergency pre-hospital care given by the Midlands Air Ambulance flight paramedics and doctors, and how Roy’s generous legacy has helped to fund the service, which carries up to eight air ambulance missions each day.

Sarah Edwards, Roy’s daughter, said: “Dad was such a kind-hearted person and always looked out for other people. It came as no surprise that he donated part of his estate to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, and we are extremely proud of him for doing so. Visiting the airbase was a very touching experience for all of us, knowing that dad has helped to fund the operations, and it was fascinating to find out more about the incredible work the paramedics do on a daily basis.”

Critical care paramedic and aircrew supervisor for the Strensham airbase, Jim Hancox, added: “We occasionally get to meet former patients who we’ve airlifted, but rarely do we see the families of those who have left us a legacy. It was a real pleasure to meet Roy’s family and to hear all about him. We can’t thank Roy or them enough for their support for our service, which relies entirely on the generosity of the communities we serve.”


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.