BoB the GWAAC Owl - Great Western Air Ambulance Charity
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Have you wondered why we chose to name our owl in Bath’s Minerva Owl’s trail, BoB?

As some of you will know, a month ago we launched our Buy our Base appeal, and yes, this is the inspiration behind BoB the owl’s name.

BoB is displayed in the Parade Gardens in Bath and was designed and executed by our very own Volunteer and Events Coordinator, Claire. BoB has been painted with 97 sycamore seeds, each representing an emergency which we were tasked to in Bath and North East Somerset during 2017.

Buy our Base is our ongoing appeal to purchase a new air base which is currently being constructed in Almondsbury. Our current hangar in Filton is one of the oldest in the country, and unfortunately is no longer meeting the needs of our increasingly busy service. Added to this, the entire site is set to be re-developed, and will no longer be able to host us.

GWAAC consists of highly skilled Critical Care Doctors and Specialist Paramedics in Critical Care, who are able to carry out life-saving interventions such as blood transfusions, and administer anaesthetics, at the scene of an incident – in effect bringing the skills you would usually find in an Accident & Emergency department to your garden, the roadside, a park or your home.

We are really excited to be a part of the Minerva Owl’s trail this year in Bath. Our crew attend to a lot of incidents in Bath, and we really want the local community to know that GWAAC is here for them in times of emergency. The Buy our Base campaign is really important to us as it will ensure our crew, helicopter and Critical Care Cars will be here to serve way in to the future. Owning a base will really make us feel secure and stable. We need to raise 1.25 million to Buy our Base. To find out more or make a donation visit:

Are you planning a visit to Minerva’s Owls? Be sure to Tweet us a picture and tag in @GWAAC – we would love to see them!