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Town helping to kit out Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Football club looking to raise £12,000 for lifesaving aircrew…

27 July 2022

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Swindon Town have chosen Wiltshire Air Ambulance as their Charity of the Year partners for a sixth successive year, and will be looking to raise vital funds during the 2022/23 season, which kicks off this coming Saturday away at Harrogate Town.

In the past, Town have helped raise cash to fit out one of the charity’s rapid response vehicles as well as funding clinical training for one of their critical care paramedics.

For the forthcoming campaign, the club will be aiming to raise £12,000 to fund new orange flight suits for Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s paramedics and doctors.

Goalkeeper Lewis Ward recently visited the charity’s airbase in Semington, near Trowbridge, for a tour of the facilities and to meet the aircrew.

The 25-year-old stopper also got the chance to pull on a flight suit and step aboard the helicopter – albeit staying on the ground – to get a sense of what it’s like to be a critical care paramedic.

“It was fantastic to be given the opportunity to see behind the scenes at the charity, learning about their lifesaving work which provides such an essential service to the local community”, he said.

“It’s great the club has partnered with Wiltshire Air Ambulance again and we’ll be looking to support them with fundraising throughout the season.”

Wiltshire Air Ambulance senior fundraising manager, Des Regan, said: “We are very grateful to Swindon Town for their ongoing support, which now extends into a sixth year.

“Throughout the season we will be looking to engage with the club and its supporters for some exciting fundraising events, while on the pitch we will be cheering the team on for what everyone hopes will be a memorable campaign."

Our Head of Commercial, Danny Lee, said: “We are extremely delighted to continue this relationship with Wiltshire Air Ambulance. They are a fantastic charity who do so much good work in the community and we are looking forward to working with them again.”

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has been saving lives since 1990. It is operational up to 19 hours a day, 365 days a year in Wiltshire, Bath and surrounding areas.

Last year the charity was called to 1,104 incidents, including 206 in the Swindon area.

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