Building work begins on new home for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

PUBLISHED: 15:49 11 November 2017

Russ Woolford (left) at the beginning of construction on November 8. Picture: Tamara Lynn Kwan.

Russ Woolford (left) at the beginning of construction on November 8. Picture: Tamara Lynn Kwan.

Tamara Lynn Kwan

Building work has begun on a new air base for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC).

The lifesaving organisation will share its home with the National Police Air Service.

The pair are based at Filton Airfield but need to move as BAE Systems has sold the site. In return, the company bought the new airfield near Almonsbury off the A38 for them.

Construction began on Wednesday and they expect to move in autumn 2018.

Anna Perry, chief executive of the GWAAC, said: “Everyone at GWAAC is pleased that work is beginning.

“The charity is desperately in need of a modern air base and this great location will mean that even when we cannot 
fly, our doctors and paramedics can get to patients quickly in our critical care car.”

It receives no day-to-day funding from the National Lottery or the Government and must raise £2.6million each year to keep flying.

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