BIG-HEARTED residents have joined forces to help support the region’s air ambulance.

The Cam and Dursley Supporters Group for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) was officially launched at the Old Spot in Dursley on January 30.

Inspired by seeing the service’s critical care team at work in Dursley, the group decided to come together to raise awareness and vital funds to help GWAAC save lives. 

Members will be meeting on a regular basis to help raise funds through a range of challenges, events, and activities. 

Some of them have already raised money for Gloucestershire’s air ambulance, but the creation of a committee will mean extra support from the GWAAC charity team.

Andy Markham was one of those inspired to launch the venture.

He said: "We have now raised over £1,600 and our aim is to get to £10,000.

“Our first official GWAAC Cam and Dursley Supporters Group meeting went really well. 

"There was so much interest and energy, we’re really excited about taking it forward.”

 The Cam and Dursley Supporters Group is open to anyone who would like to get involved and is designed to bring the community together to have fun, meet new friends, and support a great cause. 

The group have their own Facebook page and are looking for new members to join in and put the ‘fun’ into fundraising.    

Ian Cantoni, community fundraising coordinator at GWAAC said: “We couldn’t be more excited to be launching our first supporters group in Cam and Dursley.

"We have been blown away by the energy and enthusiasm of everyone involved and are really looking forward to working with the group.”

The group's next meeting is in the Old Spot on February 20 at 7pm. Everyone is welcome.