12 days of Xmas - Great Western Air Ambulance Charity
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December 19, 2022
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On social media over the 12 days of Christmas, we shared some of the amazing achievements of our crew, charity and supporters from the last twelve months.

From the awards picked up by our crew, to the amazing amounts of money some of you raised, 2022 has been an amazing year. 

Day 1 - January

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In January, Advanced Paramedic in Critical Care, Vicki started her year as the first person in the country to get on the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care Register of Consultant (Level 8) Practitioners by qualifying from a purely paramedic background.

Day 1 - January

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In 2022, The Tufthorn Inn have donated £7,027 from their various fundraising efforts in the Forest of Dean.

The “Tufthorn Trotters” even walked a marathon around the Forest this year to raise funds for GWAAC.

Day 2 - February

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In February, we premiered our film about 4-year-old Jasmine.

It's been watched by thousands of you, increasing awareness of our vital service.

Day 2 - February

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In February, Steph Pearce organised a GWAAC Charity Ball at Tortworth Court in Wotton-under-Edge that raised over £7,000 for us.

Day 3 - March

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In March, Fleur Mosley became a fully qualified Specialist Paramedic in Critical Care.

SPCC, Dan Davis also passed his Diploma in Immediate Medical Care.

Day 3 - March

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The team at Henbury Golf Club raised over £22,000 for GWAAC, but that's not all...

The club have installed a public access defibrillator for their community.

Day 4 - April

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In April, we launched our Public Access Defibrillator Campaign to help local communities respond when someone suffers an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Day 4 - April

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In April, we were at the MudMaster, organised by the Lions Club of Weston, at Puxton Park. It was a brilliant day!

Our very own SPCC, Pete Reeve ran the 5k course.

Day 5 - May

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GWAAC’s team was awarded Platinum Jubilee Medals in May.

The medals were awarded to frontline emergency services personnel to show a national appreciation for their work, especially during the recent difficult times.

Day 5 - May

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In May, Volkswagen enthusiasts helped raise an amazing £4,361 for GWAAC during the Cruise to the Prom annual event on Weston-super-Mare Beach Lawns.

Day 6 - June

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In June, a group of GWAAC Critical Care Doctors and Specialist Paramedics volunteered for a different kind of mission.

They taught a tactical medicine course to 60 civilians in Ukraine, equipping them with lifesaving skills and equipment.

Day 6 - June

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in June, we were delighted to be one of the main charity partners for the Gloucester 10K!

Organised by Gloucester Rotary Club and Davies & Partners it was a great day as we helped support runners, raising over £5,000!

Day 7 - July

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In July, GWAAC and the Sam Polledri Foundation launched the first public defibrillator in Sam's memory.

Located in Millennium Square, we spent the day training people in how to use a defibrillator and give bystander CPR.

Day 7 - July

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In July, we opened our first Gloucestershire based shop. It is our third GWAAC shop.

Our Cheltenham shop will help increase our income as a charity and also boost awareness of our work in our local community. we spent the day training people in how to use a defibrillator and give bystander CPR.

Day 8 - August

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In August, GWAAC, Avon Fire and Rescue and other agencies came together for a day of training in crucial rescue techniques, and to share best practices and build relationships.

Day 8 - August

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On a hot weekend in August, GWAAC joined revellers and balloon enthusiasts at Bristol Balloon Fiesta.

Offering CPR sessions, children’s story time, demonstrations and even getting a visit from our helicopter.

Day 9 - September

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In September, healthcare professionals came together for the return of GWAAC’s annual Symposium — an informative and friendly conference on all things PHEM (Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine).

Day 9 - September

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We were delighted to continue our relationship with Frampton Country Fair in September. This celebration of our rural communities is always a favourite event in the GWAAC calendar and has raised over £7,500 for our lifesaving work to date.

Day 10 - October

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In October, we celebrated a record year for our Great Western Heartstarters initiative.

Our fantastic Heartstarters volunteers had taught 4,470 secondary school children CPR and defibrillator use in the calendar year – more than ever before!

Day 10 - October

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GWAAC had 26 runners take part in the Bath Half Marathon in October.

With a new charity village and route through the city it was great to see so many running in GWAAC colours. They raised over £10,000 in an incredible effort! We can’t wait to be back in 2023.

Day 11 - November

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In November, we were delighted to win one award & be highly commended in two other categories at the Air Ambulances UK Awards of Excellence.

Day 11 - November

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For the second year running, Team Velocity flew 24/7 around the world virtually for GWAAC in November.

They raised £8,000! In between livestreaming their efforts, the team took time out to host our crew too.

Day 12 - December

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In December, we held our annual celebration of life afternoon. It was a chance to remember our loved ones and come together as a community. The afternoon was hosted by Mrs Peaches Golding, OBE. Eloise Skidmore and Dr Matt Thomas spoke passionately.

Day 12 - December

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In December, comedy fans gathered at the Bristol Old Vic for a night of laughter.

Our flagship comedy night, Heli Laughs, was a huge success. Close to 300 people attended as we laughed away, raising vital funds and awareness for our charity.

This is just a few examples of the work we've been able to do together over the last 12 months. For the countless other people who have helped in any way, big or small, we thank you, as would all our patients and their families. 

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