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Fundraising in memory of Grandad

A schoolgirl has been raising money for the air ambulance charity that tried to save her Grandad’s life.

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In 2011 Great Western Air Ambulance Charity airlifted Esther Francis’s Grandad to hospital, but sadly he passed away a few days later.

Since then the 10-year-old has been busy raising money in his memory.

She has been baking and selling cakes, and even took part in a five hour sponsored silence.

Esther said:

“We were very grateful for the care, support and devotion shown to my Grandad.

“Unfortunately he has since passed away, but we are always looking to support this charity.

“I did a sponsored silence at school and kept quiet for five hours. I am usually very chatty so this was a challenge!”

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Esther has raised £300 for GWAAC in total.

The team were impressed by her fundraising efforts, and invited her to the GWAAC base in Filton to meet the crew and see our helicopter.

GWAAC chief executive John Christensen said:

“I am sure Esther’s Grandad would have been very proud of her fundraising efforts, it was a lovely thing to do in his memory.

“I was very impressed to hear that she managed to keep quiet for five hours….I don’t think I would be able to last five minutes! The money will go towards keeping our helicopter flying, ensuring more lives are saved.”

GWAAC receives no day-to-day funding from the Government or National Lottery, and relies entirely on the generosity of the people it serves.