Bleadon WI fundraising smash - Great Western Air Ambulance Charity
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If there was ever an example of real-life superwomen living in North Somerset, it would be the ladies of Bleadon WI. Most of the Committee have worked alongside coordinating a number of incredible fundraising activities for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) over the past year, including the Bleadon Ball in September 2022. In total across the past year, a staggering £10,341 has been raised and GWAAC Trustee, Robin Jacques, went along to accept a cheque on GWAAC’s behalf last Thursday.
Chosen as the Bleadon WI’s charity of the year for 2022, GWAAC has been grateful beneficiaries of proceeds from several WI events. These included the Bleadon Belles’ concert, in conjunction with WorleWind Band, in April 2022 and the Bleadon Belles’ afternoon tea and concert in July 2022 raising a total of £794. Bleadon WI also arranged a talk about the charity with their members in June 2022 given by GWAAC’s former patient and board member, Robin Jaques, at which they donated an initial £700.
The Bleadon Ball, hosted by Bleadon WI, took place in the gorgeous Winter Gardens on 24th September 2022, all in aid of GWAAC. Guests were treated to a three-course meal and music from local band Six Machine. Long-term GWAAC volunteer, Janet Adams, was invited to speak on the night and stay for the evening’s entertainment. A special shout out to the gentleman on Janet’s table who donated his two raffle prizes to GWAAC! The Ball raised an incredible £8,742. 
Philippa, Supporter Engagement Coordinator at GWAAC, said: “I have been inspired, impressed, and humbled by the energy and commitment that Bleadon WI has approached their year of fundraising for GWAAC with. It has been enormously beneficial for such an active and engaged community group to choose to support their local air ambulance and we are so grateful to have been invited along for the ride. A huge thank you to everyone who has played a part in raising so much money for GWAAC, enabling us to continue to provide critical care to those across our shared North Somerset community".
The Bleadon WI Committee said: "Bleadon WI has had great fun raising money for such a worthy local cause. We would like to thank all our members and supporters for helping us to raise such an incredible amount". 
In 2022 GWAAC's Critical Care Team were called to 211 incidents across North Somerset. Read our 2022 mission stats blog to find out more about our work last year.