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Midland Air Ambulance marks 21 years
8:40am Monday 21st May 2012 in News
TODAY marks 21 years of life of saving missions by the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.
The first airlift took place on May 21, 1991 and since then the charity has responded to over 36,000 incidents - making it the busiest Air Ambulance in the UK.
Costing more than £6m each year to run, the charity receives no government or lottery funding to keep the three helicopters in the air.
Its continuing service is completely dependent on the support of fundraisers and businesses with charity bosses today saying a grateful thank you to fundraisers who have help ensure the service has remained operational for over two decades.
To mark the milestone occasion, the charity has created an action packed calendar of fundraising events throughout 2012 including biking, running, climbing, karting, sky diving and even plate smashing to ensure the anniversary year is one to remember.
A black tie champagne Gala-ball will also be held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on June 16, with staff extending the invitation to volunteers, survivors, and fundraisers.
Hanna Sebright CEO, said: “It is because of our passionate fundraisers, faithful supporters, loyal volunteers and incredible staff and aircrew that Midlands Air Ambulance is able to celebrate 21 years of life-saving service and it is with this support that the charity will continue to go on and save countless more lives for many years to come. Over the last 21 years, we have been overwhelmed by your support and generosity. Despite a worrying economic climate, your support has never faltered and now more so than ever Midlands Air Ambulance Charity would like to thank you for your continued support.”
For details of forthcoming events and information about purchasing Gala-ball tickets visit midlandsairambulance.com