Air Ambulance take off with SwansAid

26th January 2014

Wales Air Ambulance are flying high after receiving a £2,000 grant from SwansAid.

The all-Wales charity became the latest community group to receive a special donation from SwansAid after round one of applications to the Community Trust fund closed in November.

SwansAid was set up in August by Swansea City's Community Trust to help fund special projects within the community of West Wales.

Wales Air Ambulance airlifts around 400 children every year from life-threatening trauma, medical conditions and urgent hospital transfers.

The SwansAid grant will allow them to purchase a paediatric kit which will become an integral part of the Swansea base crew's equipment indefinitely.

Upon receiving the cheque from Swans stars Leon Britton and Neil Taylor, Club Ambassador Lee Trundle and Community Trust Manager Linden Jones, WAA Fundraising Manager Mark Stevens issued his thanks to SwansAid.

"We're incredibly grateful to Swansea City for this donation which will make a huge difference to pre-hospital paediatric care in South Wales," explained Stevens.

"When a child is seriously injured or ill, every second is precious. This kit will help the crews provide very specialist, lifesaving treatment quickly, both on scene and in-flight."

Meanwhile, Linden Jones was delighted to hand over the cheque to such a worthy cause.

"Wales Air Ambulance help to save lives and rely on the public's support to allow them to keep doing that," said Jones. "We are delighted that we can do our bit to help them in some way."

Applications for Round Two of SwansAid funding open on Tuesday, January 28. If you believe your community group or charity is eligible for funding, make sure you apply. Full details can be found HERE.