Sunday, 24 March 2019

RAF base raises £1,000 for air ambulance

RAF base raises £1,000 for air ambulance

A CHEQUE for £1,000 has been presented to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance by personnel from RAF Benson, where the helicopter is based.

The money was raised at the base’s Winter Wonderland event for its families in December.

The event, which included a Santa fun run, also raised money for the Royal Air Forces Association.

Flying Officer Beccy Baxter, who organised it, said: “Winter Wonderland was a community event that encompassed both the serving community and their families who support them.

“It was free to enter and all the proceeds were donated by those who attended as either an exhibitor or a visitor.

“It is with their generous donations that we were able to exceed our target of £500 in donations and it was fitting for us to be able to give a charitable donation that would further support those individuals should they ever need it.

“The air ambulance not only provides lifesaving care to our community and those surrounding us, it does so entirely without government funding.

“Being a helicopter station which also dedicates services in support of those in need, we felt it fitting to extend our support to our fellow emergency service volunteers.”

Pictured, left to right, Warrant Officer Darren Gill, Padre Rebekah Cannon, Corporal Danny Webster, Flying Officer Beccy Baxter and Group Captain Adam Wardrope present the cheque to Jo Jefferies, the air ambulance’s senior critical care paramedic, and doctors David Zideman and Qasim Ahmad

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