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Bristol International Kite Festival supports local air ambulance charity

Posted on Wednesday 24th July 2013 at 2:45 pm by SH (Editor)

GWAAC named as official charity partner for the 2013 Bristol International Kite Festival.

The Filton-based Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) has announced that it is the chosen official charity partner for the 2013 Bristol International Kite Festival.

The charity, providers of an air ambulance service for the 2.1m people of the region, including Bristol and Bath, was also supported by the festival in 2011. This year’s festival takes place on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September 2013 at Ashton Court Estate in Bristol.

GWAAC is currently trying to raise £250,000 of additional funds for a new Eurocopter EC 135 helicopter in order to replace the ageing Bölkow 105 model that it currently uses as part of a campaign called ‘Movin’ on Up’. The charity has currently raised 70% of the total funds needed, and a new helicopter would attend to patients four minutes faster, would allow a mother and child to fly to hospital together and would allow more space for the patient, equipment and mid-air treatment.

The charity’s helicopter will on display and will be fully operational from the site during the two day event. The work of the charity will also feature in the main arena during the festival and visitors will have the opportunity to meet the crew and charity staff and find out about fundraising.

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Have a heart and support your local air ambulance charity

Posted on Monday 14th January 2013 at 4:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Ian Taylor visits the Great Western Air Ambulance base at Filton.

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC), providers of an air ambulance for the 2.1 million residents of our region, are encouraging people to support their cause this February as part of a new initiative called ‘Love Your Air Ambulance‘ month.

The charity, based in Filton, is currently trying to raise £250,000 of additional funds for a new Eurocopter EC 135 helicopter in order to replace the ageing Bölkow 105 model that it currently uses. A new helicopter would attend to patients four minutes faster, would allow a mother and child to fly to hospital together and would allow more space for the patient, equipment and mid-air treatment.

During February, local businesses, schools and community groups are being encouraged to “love” their air ambulance by wearing red or pink for a dress down day, by holding a raffle or a heart themed cake sale.

In 2010, Ian Taylor, 63, suffered a cardiac arrest while out with family in Gloucestershire and was attended to by the air ambulance at the scene, before being transferred to the intensive care unit at Bristol Royal Infirmary Hospital.

Ian visited the air ambulance’s base in Filton to thank the crew that went to his aid, and in support of Love Your Air Ambulance month said:

“Without the critical care support I received from the Great Western Air Ambulance, I wouldn’t be here today.”

“It’s amazing to think such a vital service is actually a charity, so in addition to the medical team, thank you to everyone who generously donates to the organisation, which made my invaluable care possible.”

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Undergraduate is flying high with local air ambulance charity

Posted on Friday 23rd November 2012 at 9:04 pm by SH (Editor)

Tianna Cowan, who works for Great Western Air Ambulance.

A local air ambulance charity has decided to offer a permanent part-time position to their university intern, after being impressed with her enthusiasm and dedication to their cause.

Tianna Cowan, a History and International Relations student from the University of the West of England (UWE) was taken on by Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) as a Fundraising Intern in June 2012 as part of the university’s Undergraduate Internship Scheme. As part of her role, Tianna was involved with helping to organise fundraising events, as well as launching the charity’s ‘Movin on Up’ campaign which is aiming to raise £250,000 in order to fund a new EC135 helicopter.

Tianna will now work at the charity part-time, alongside her final year studies.

Speaking about her internship, Tianna said:

“I have always thought that I would love to work for a charity in the future, and when I saw that GWAAC were advertising for an intern, I just had to apply. I have really enjoyed my time at the charity – it is a small, friendly team, who have made me feel really welcome. I have had the chance to develop my skills and experience and I think that internships offer students a great opportunity to improve their prospects for the future. I am delighted that the charity is willing to offer me a permanent role, as I want to continue to help to support their worthwhile cause.”

Great Western Air Ambulance.

John Christensen, Chief Executive of GWAAC, said:

“We were really impressed by Tianna during her internship. She has demonstrated how hardworking and dedicated she is, and her enthusiasm for our cause is wonderful. We have really enjoyed working with UWE in order to offer this internship, because as a charity we really appreciate the value, knowledge and relevant skills that students can bring to our organisation.”

More: "Fantastic example of a successful internship" says UWE boss »


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