Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Businesses called on to support Air Ambulance

Wiltshire Air Ambulance is calling on businesses to show their support by turning the county yellow and green in September.

The charity is asking companies to do something fun during National Air Ambulance Week (September 9 to 15) by incorporating the colours yellow and green.

Kenresa Stratford, events coordinator at Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “We’ve chosen a yellow and green theme for Air Ambulance Week to match the colours of our Bell 429 helicopter and Rapid Response Vehicle. There are lots of fun ways that businesses can get involved and incorporate yellow and green into a fundraising challenge.

“You could hold a dress down day at work wearing yellow and green clothes or even spray your hair yellow and green, with a suggested minimum donation of £1 to Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Alternatively you could hold a yellow and green cake sale in the office and, to add an element of competition, you can award a prize for the best yellow or green cake.

“If baking is not your thing, hold a yellow and green food party or challenge yourself to eat only yellow and green food for a day and be sponsored. Another idea is to hold a yellow and green themed quiz in your workplace or hold a raffle with yellow and green prizes. You could even ask your workplace to change their logo colours to yellow and green.

“All the funds raised will help to keep Wiltshire Air Ambulance flying and saving lives. We are a charity and rely on donations to keep our essential service operational. We are not funded directly by the Government and receive no National Lottery grants.”

In 2018 the demand for the skills of Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s critical care team resulted in an increase in missions of 26 percent to 1,103.

The first seven months of this year have been even busier for the team, who have been called to 719 incidents, of which the largest number were for cardiac emergencies followed by road traffic collisions. Other incidents included falls, strokes and sporting accidents.

It costs £3.75 million a year to keep Wiltshire Air Ambulance operational, that’s just over £10,000 per day.

Information about supporting Wiltshire Air Ambulance can be found at www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk/aaweek2019