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There’s something in the water in Yate…

Bob Munroe and Midway Social Club in Yate, have pledged to raise a minimum of £50,000 for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC). Bob, who runs the club, told us they were inspired to raise funds for GWAAC after a few members of the club had needed our service. Having realised that GWAAC were only able to attend thanks to charitable donations, Bob and the club were motivated to take action. Amazingly the group have decided to take on the tremendous task of raising a minimum of £50,000 – enough money to help GWAAC with 25 life-saving missions.

How are they going to raise the money you ask? Well, they have already made a start and raised over £1,000 with just one event, and have various others in the pipeline to help keep the fundraising momentum going. Already in the diary is Cider Fest – Ezra Live on the 20th June. The team have arranged a fantastic night, filled with DJs, food and the main event… a George Ezra tribute band! If you’d like to go along and support GWAAC too, then tickets can be purchased by calling 01454 273056. Tickets are £12 and the event will be held at Shireway Community Centre, Yate.

However, they aren’t just taking on the challenge of raising £50,000, they’re also in the process of implementing a Community First Responder Scheme. The scheme, run by volunteers, focuses on helping members of their local communities in their time of need. Several of the members have already had their first aid training and they have even purchased their own response car, which carries a defibrillator on board.

Joe Hughes, Community Coordinator at GWAAC, said: ‘‘There’s something in the water in Yate…we have so many amazing supporters in the area, and what Bob and everyone from Midway Social Club are doing is the (incredibly generous) icing on the cake! The target they’ve set would fund approximately 25 of our, potentially life-saving, missions in South Glos and surrounding counties. As someone who lives in the community GWAAC serves I feel we all owe Midway Social Club and its members a huge debt of gratitude for such a significant contribution to our ability to respond to the most sick and injured people in this region. Thank you all.’

In 2019, the Critical Care Team were called to over 2,000 incidents – our busiest year to date.  We attend over 5 incidents on average every day, but some days it’s many more.

As a charity, we receive no day-to-day funding from the Government or National Lottery and need to raise over £4 million each year to stay operational. It’s thanks to the community and people like Bob and the Midway Social Club, that we are able to continue what we do.

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