Air ambulance charity launches birthday fund-raisers

In celebration of its 20th birthday this May, the North West Air Ambulance Charity is asking the public to raise a mug in honour of its life-saving crew, as it launches Brew with the Crew.

Monday, 3rd June 2019, 10:42 am

The campaign, running over the next few months, will bring the North West together over tea, coffee and cake, to keep its air ambulance crews in the sky.

Andy Duncan, lead helicopter emergency medical service paramedic at the charity, said: “To be able to celebrate our 20th birthday is testament to the fantastic support of our amazing fundraisers and volunteers. As an organisation which is entirely dependent on charitable contributions, we quite literally couldn’t do it without them.

“It’s a bit of a running joke among our crew that as soon as we click the kettle on, that’s when we always seem to get a mission call-out! There’s never any delay though – we’re straight onto the aircraft, getting to where our patients are as soon as possible.”

Just £9 can fuel one of NWAA’s three helicopters for one minute of a mission. A donation of £25 can buy a warming blanket to maintain the body temperature of a severe trauma patient, and £650 can provide a specialist stretcher to ensure that patients with neck or spinal injuries can be transported to hospital safely.

No matter how big or small your donation is, you will be helping to save a life.

Heather Arrowsmith, chief executive at the North West Air Ambulance Charity, said: “Building on the success of Brew with the Crew last year, we’re now looking forward to kick-starting our 20th birthday celebrations in style. Our goal is to bring the whole North West together over tea, coffee, cake and sandwiches.”

To receive your free fundraising pack complete with games, recipes, bunting and much more – head to, call 0800 587 4570 or [email protected]