Multinational bank HSBC backs Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) appeal
A MULTI-national bank has joined thousands of fundraisers on their mission to replace the region's ageing air ambulance.
A total of 11 branches of HSBC, including Thornbury and Yate, have chosen to back the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC)'s Movin' on Up appeal to buy a brand new emergency helicopter..
The charity is aiming to collect £250,000 for a Eurocopter EC 135 in order to replace its old Bölkow 105 model.
A new helicopter would attend to accidents four minutes faster, allow a mother and child to fly to hospital together and provide more room for patients, equipment and mid-air treatment.
So far, HSBC staff has raised £1,900 by hosting music quizzes, baking events, a darts night and also a second-hand book sale.
Employees also held dress-down days. Collection tins have been filled with customer donations within the branches.
GWAAC provides an air ambulance for the 2.1m people of South Gloucestershire Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, and parts of Wiltshire but receives no funding from the government or the National Lottery.
Sue Webb, service and sales manager for HSBC, said: "We are proud and delighted to have raised this sum of money for such a fantastic local cause and look forward to continuing our partnership with Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. "
John Christensen, GWAAC chief executive, said: "It’s brilliant that staff from HSBC have decided to support our cause by holding fundraising activities on our behalf and we are delighted to have been chosen as their supported charity for 2013."
"We are the youngest air ambulance charity in England and the funds that HSBC staff have raised mean that we can keep our air ambulance flying, and keep providing an important emergency service for the people of our region."
For more information about the campaign, and to donate, visit www.greatwesternairambulance.com
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