During a day out with his close friends, the late William ‘Bill’ Fielding decided he would leave his estate to his three favourite charities; Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, PDSA and St Giles Hospice. William, who passed away aged 74, kindly bequeathed £95,000 to Midlands Air Ambulance Charity in his Will, and this incredibly generous amount will now fund 38 lifesaving air ambulance missions throughout the region.
William lived in the same house that he had grown up in with his parents, in the small village of Amington in Shropshire. William never married or had a family of his own, and worked at Burgess’ in Lichfield all his life. Money never interested William – he only cared for his garden, and was still lovingly tending to his plants just a couple of weeks before he died.
William was often out and about for his job, fixing combine harvesters and other machinery on farms, which was how he came to appreciate the air ambulance and the lifesaving work that’s done on a daily basis. He would often see Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s helicopters flying overhead to and from missions, which is why he decided to leave money in his Will.
William was very loyal and had a close group of friends who he considered his family. Two of these friends were Mick and Edith Davis, who purchased their house from William 21 years ago, and after becoming good friends, became his executors when he passed away.
Mick and Edith visited the Tatenhill airbase in Staffordshire to find out more about the emergency pre-hospital care given by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s flight paramedics and doctors, and how William’s generous legacy will help to fund the service, which undertakes around six air ambulance missions each day.
Mick said: “We were so proud to present the cheque to Midlands Air Ambulance Charity on behalf of Bill. We know he’d be very happy to see what a worthwhile cause his money will be going towards, and every time we see the helicopter we will always think of him.”
Ian Jones, critical care paramedic and Aircrew Team Leader at Tatenhill, added: “It was an honour to meet the executors of Bill’s Will. I was astounded to hear just how generous Bill was, and thanks to the hard work of Mick and Edith, this donation will fund many Midlands Air Ambulance Charity missions, so on behalf of our charity, the patients we treat and their families, thanks go to Bill and his legacy.
“Legacy giving funds 40 per cent of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s vitally important missions, and no matter the size of the donation, every penny has an impact. A flight suit costs £250, each mission costs on average £2,500 and our annual medical supplies total £75,000, so we’re massively thankful for all that we receive.”
William ‘Bill’ Fielding 24th January 1943 to 6th November 2017.