It has been announced that Sophie, Countess of Wessex will attend a special Air25 garden party in Hagley Hall, Worcestershire today to mark the 25th anniversary of the Midlands Air Ambulance. She accepted the invitation after hearing of the valuable work the Air Ambulance has undertaken 46,000 life-saving missions since the first helicopter, Air5, took off from Hagley Hall in 1991.
She will be met at the party, which is being kindly being sponsored by Pertemps one of the charity’s corporate partners by the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft.
She will then be introduced to a number of specially invited guests who have made a significant difference to the work of the charity over the last 25 years. From there, she will meet former patients, fund-raisers, volunteers, aircrew, charity staff and corporate partners who have been with the charity since 1991.
The Countess will also unveil a commemorative memento marking the 25 years of service of the charity and the very spot that the first air ambulance, Air 5, took off from at Hagley Hall in 1991.
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity CEO Hanna Sebright said of the announcement: “We are truly honoured and delighted that Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex has graciously accepted our invitation to attend the 25th Anniversary Air25 Garden Party at Hagley Hall. Her presence will be an important and great privilege to the former patients, staff, fundraisers, volunteers and aircrew that have enabled us to provide vital lifesaving emergency medical care to the people and counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands for the last 25 years.
“This year will be a landmark in our service having provided lifesaving emergency medical care for over 46,000 former patients. The presence of The Countess of Wessex to mark such an occasion is a fitting tribute to the work of the charity.”
Whilst the garden party is an invitation-only event, there are plenty of ways the public can join in the celebrations and help Midlands Air Ambulance to their next milestone by visiting their website www.midlandsairambulance.com. As Jason Levy, their fundraising and marketing director said “The charity has to raise £7 million each year to operate, this includes operating the three air ambulances, the equipment, the paramedics and doctors etc. and we receive no Government or National Lottery funding, relying solely on donations from members of the public.”