The 2015 Offering

More than £8,000 has been donated to Wales Air Ambulance by the churches within the Diocese of St Asaph.

The charity which is the national air ambulance charity for Wales, was selected as the 2015 charity for the Diocesan Offering.

Wales Air AmbulancAir Ambulance logoe provides emergency air cover for those who face life-threatening illness or injuries. The charity’s three helicopters are confronted with a diverse and challenging landscape.  Each helicopter can be launched within three minutes of receiving an emergency call. From the three airbases, a helicopter can be anywhere in Wales within just 20 minutes.

Debra Sima from the charity said: “Wales Air Ambulance is extremely honoured to have been chosen as the St Asaph Diocese Charity of the Year and the amount you have all raised is fantastic.

“We are only able to continue the work we do with the generosity and kindness of the people in Wales.”

The final total raise by the Diocesan Offering for Wales Air Ambulance  is still to be confirmed but it it known to be more than £8,000 already.

Ros Crawford for diocesan offeringThe presentation to Debra Sima was made by Bishop Gregory Cameron, Clare Cameron, President of the Diocesan Offering and Ros Crawford, Diocesan Offering Officer.

Wales Air Ambulance

Each mission costs £1,500 and every year the Wales Air Ambulance spends £6m keeping their helicopters in the sky.

They provide vital air cover for those facing life-threatening illnesses and with bases in Caernarfon, Welshpool and Swansea, they can be anywhere in Wales within 20 minutes to help save peoples’ lives.

It’s a great service but there is a snag. Wales Air Ambulance is a charity and as such all their funding comes from public donations.

One man who knows all about the Air Ambulance is lorry driver Jon.

Air AmbulanceHe was airlifted after his truck plummeted 40ft into a ravine on the A5 as he transported timber from Manchester to Wales. His truck clipped a low wall, sending Jon and his lorry tumbling down an embankment before hitting a tree. The accident left the 27 year-old with a serious brain injury that paralysed him from the waist down.

“I don’t remember the accident, I have a memory lapse of about two-and-a-half weeks, but I know I was in a very bad way after plunging down that ravine,” said Jon.

Wales Air Ambulance was called to the scene, and after treating Jon, conveyed him to Ysybyty Gwynedd in seven minutes. Following several weeks in hospital, Jon regained the use of his body and learned to walk again.

Jon said: “It’s been a long recovery but I’m very thankful and I count my blessings every single day.”

This Spring, Wales Air Ambulance will have consultant-level doctors flying on its aircraft for the first time. A rota of consultants will work alongside critical care paramedics, meaning they will be able to provide even more treatments to critically ill people across Wales.

To find out more or to donate to Wales Air Ambulance, visit them online or follow them on Twitter @air_ambulance.