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The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity



The Thatchers Foundation has helped fund three potentially life-saving missions through a donation to the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC).


The charity needs to raise at least £3million each year to keep functioning – with the average cost of just one mission £1,750. On a visit to GWAAC’s air base at Almondsbury, Anne Thatcher and Andrew Farron, Trustees of the Thatchers Foundation presented a cheque for £5,250.


GWAAC is one of the busiest air ambulance services in the UK, being called to an average of over five incidents every day; in 2018 the team responded to 1887 jobs. The service, which runs 365 days a year, attends emergencies across Bristol, Bath and NE Somerset, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and surrounding areas.


Anne Thatcher says, “The critical care team are ready for all eventualities from road traffic collisions, cardiac arrests and other traumas and accidents. Their priority is to get to the patient fast, treating them at the scene and in the air, to give them the best chance of a positive outcome.


“This is a lifesaving service and none of us know if we’ll ever be called on to use it, but if we do, with the required funding, we all have peace of mind that it’s there for everybody, right across our region.

“The charity has a huge, ongoing fundraising effort, and we’re very pleased to have been able to make this donation which will support three lifesaving missions.”


Kate Baldwin, Trust and Grants Coordinator for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity says, “We are so grateful for the support of the Thatchers Foundation. We receive no day-to-day Government funding, so are reliant on the local community and grant-givers to run our lifesaving missions. Without donations such as this our medical team would not be able to continue providing the best critical care to patients in emergency situations.”