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Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Hosts New High Sheriff Doug Wright MBE DL

Thursday 13th June 2024

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity invited the new High Sheriff for the West Midlands, Doug Wright MBE DL, to its airbase and charity headquarters in Shifnal, Shropshire, to find out more about its lifesaving pre-hospital emergency service.

Doug Wright MBE DL, who was recently elected as the High Sheriff for the West Midlands, demonstrated his passion and support for the work of the emergency services by committing to use his position as High Sheriff to encourage young people to become cadets. This made his visit to Midlands Air Ambulance Charity was all the more fitting, as the organisation is dedicated to encouraging and fostering future talent and inspiring the critical care paramedics and pre-hospital emergency medicine doctors of tomorrow.

Emma Gray, chief operating officer for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “We were honoured to welcome Doug Wright MBE for a tour of our airbase and charity headquarters, which was rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and so Mr Wright could learn more about our lifesaving pre-hospital emergency service.

“Many members of our aircrew clinicians began their careers on cadet programmes so it was important to engage with Mr Wright to explore ways in which we can work collaboratively to involve young people with the vital work that emergency services do across the West Midlands.”

Doug Wright MBE DL, High Sheriff for the West Midlands added: “It was inspiring to visit this best-in-class charity who are delivering such exceptional work. It was great to have a tour of their cutting-edge new facility on the Shropshire / West Midlands border and to meet some of the wonderful crew that deliver such a vital service.

“At 20-years-old, some 38 years ago, I had a very bad road traffic collision that resulted in a very long hospital stay. Getting the right specialist help to the scene of an incident is truly vital and time is greatly of the essence. They can reach the centre of Birmingham in around ten minutes by air. This charity really is best in class and making a huge difference to the West Midlands and surrounding counties.”

To find out more about Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s lifesaving work, visit the website and follow the organisation on social media.

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