Life-saving charity buys new air base in Almondsbury

PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 December 2018

The Great Western Air Ambulance Charitys new air base.	Picture: Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

The Great Western Air Ambulance Charitys new air base. Picture: Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

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The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) has bought a new air base in Almondsbury.

Smiles all round as the GWAAC has a new air base.	Picture: Great Western Air Ambulance CharitySmiles all round as the GWAAC has a new air base. Picture: Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

The life-saving charity raised £1.3millon in cash and pledges through its Buy Our Base appeal which was launched in July.

It exceeded its original target of an additional £1.2million to top up the charity’s cash reserves and to fund the purchase which was made on Tuesday.

Chief executive of the GWAAC, Anna Perry, said: “Owning this air base provides stability and ensures we can continue to provide our life-saving service long into the future.

“It is thanks to the generous donations of our supporters which means we are able to take this monumental step forward.”

Smiles all round as the GWAAC has a new air base.	Picture: Great Western Air Ambulance CharitySmiles all round as the GWAAC has a new air base. Picture: Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

The charity’s critical care team attended 1,560 jobs by helicopter this year and it needs to raise more than £3million annually to stay running.

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