Great Western Air Ambulance Charity officially launched their Charity of the Year partnership with Bristol Airport on Tuesday 28th May. The charity, which provides the critical care and air ambulance services for Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire and surrounding areas, was voted in by Bristol Airport employees to be their nominated charity earlier this year.
The GWAAC Critical Care Team, who are on call 365 days a year, landed the air ambulance helicopter at Bristol Airport to officially launch the partnership, inviting those who have been involved in fundraising to come and have a look around the aircraft.
So far, employees of Bristol Airport have thrown themselves into supporting their local air ambulance, with over £2,000 already raised.
Bristol Airport has announced that the Great Western Air Ambulance will be the airports charity partner for 2019 following a vote by Bristol Airport staff. During 2018, staff and passengers raised approximately £20,000 for the local charity Children’s Hospice South West, based in North Somerset.
Initiatives through the year included volunteer collections in the terminal, raffles, cake sales, a Christmas jumper day and with Bristol Airport team members participating in the Bristol 10k and Santa on the Run event around the Harbourside, Bristol. Since the charity partnership began a total of £200,000 has been raised for the local charity through staff and passenger donations.
Bristol Airport Spotting also raised in excess of £2000 for Childrens Hospice South West through the various aviation fairs and spotting days previously held within the Administration building at the airport.
Bristol Airport also supports annually the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal which in 2018 raised over £4,000 for the charity with generous donations by passengers and staff in the terminal.