Support our Great Western Air Ambulance please

8Is your wardrobe bursting at the seams with clothes that you don’t wear anymore? Are you thinking about having a clear out, and finally getting rid of that dress you wore once in 2008?

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity needs your unwanted clothes and shoes, so they can turn them into money to keep their helicopter flying. As part of it’s partnership with textile recycling firm Bag It Up GWAAC receives vital lifesaving funds from recycling.

So if you are having a New Year clear out why not donate your unwanted clothes. And it’s not just clothes they are after, they also takes shoes, bags, curtains and bedding. Recycling banks have been placed at locations across the area we cover, you can use the bank locator to find the nearest to you –

It couldn’t be simpler, just bag up your clothes, put them in one of the bins, and see how your unwanted items can help to save lives. Fundraising manager Emma Carter told us, “The New Year is a fantastic time to have a clear-out of your overspilling wardrobes and drawers. So we are asking people if they will make us a gift of their unwanted items to help keep us flying in the skies. Whether it’s that dress that has been hung up for years but has never had the tags removed, or a dodgy Christmas jumper or slippers, we want your old clothes.”

Since upgrading to their new helicopter their running costs have increased to £2 million a year! However they receive no day to day funding from the Government or National Lottery, and rely entirely on the generosity of the people in the region they serve.

GWAAC is one of the few air ambulances who work to the gold standard Critical Care Model, which means rushing a critical care paramedic and critical care doctor  to the scene. Essentially they are a flying Accident and Emergency Department, bringing the hospital to the patients.

The team fly seven days a week, 365 days a year and attend more than 100 incidents per month. They provide one of the busiest air ambulances in the UK.

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