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Air Ambulance

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Cheque Presentation To Wiltshire Air Ambulance Service: Following the skittles evening with bangers and mash supper on 27 March at which we raised £300 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Service, we went to the Police Headquarters at Devizes where the service is based to present the cheque.

We were met by Joanne Munday, one of the paramedics, who took us to see the helicopter and told us about the service. The helicopter is equipped with exactly the same facilities as a road ambulance and when on call-out, is staffed by a paramedic, a police observer (the service is run jointly with Wiltshire Police) and a pilot. The service is on call virtually 24 hours, 7 days a week and goes wherever it is needed – there are no criteria for call outs.

We had a good look around and in the helicopter which is a modern design having no secondary tail rotor, but a rear jet, to balance the overhead rotor. Not only does this mean more efficiency, but also makes landing in confined spaces easier as there is no tail rotor to be broken off. We presented our cheque to Joanne, but the service had provided a large cheque which we all gathered around with her whilst one of her colleagues took photographs.

We then adjourned into the headquarters (just in time as the rain started to come down heavily) where we made purchases from an attractive selection of items the service sells to raise funds. We were very impressed by what we learnt about the service and concerned that such worthwhile work should be funded entirely by charitable donations.

Therefore, the Village Hall Committee will organise another event for them in the future which we hope will be as well supported as the skittles evening was.

For more information about the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Service, go to their website :- www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk

For a report on our cheque presentation, click on the first item – Wiltshire Air Ambulance; this will bring up the home page.

Across the top is a list of options, ie: About Us, Crew, Helicopter, Incidents, Events, etc. Click on Thank You – this will bring up the Thank You page where you will find us.

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