Air paramedic takes big leap
11:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in Latest News
A paramedic with the Wiltshire Air Ambulance will join a team of fundraisers for a skydive as part of a campaign honouring the service.
To launch National Air Ambulance Week activities in the county, Luke MacCallum, fundraising assistant Ana Exton and supporters of the charity, based at police headquarters in Devizes, will do tandem jumps from 10,000ft today.
The skydive will take place at GoSkydive, at Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury, and the team is keen to raise as much money as possible for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust.
A series of fundraising events for the National Air Ambulance Week will be taking place between Monday and next Saturday.
Mr MacCallum, 42, who lives in Trowbridge, said: “I’m a little bit nervous about it. I know I fly in our aircraft, but I don’t tend to jump out of it; although any apprehension is overtaken by the thought of raising the much-needed funds.
“We have not set a target, but we’d like to raise as much money as possible on the day.”
Wiltshire Air Ambulance relies entirely on support from the public and needs to raise £2.5m a year to cover running costs.
The campaigning week of fundraising is expected to offer the charity a welcome boost to its coffers.
Others supporting the Wiltshire Air Ambulance include Stuart Foulstone, of Devizes, who will be doing a white water rafting expedition on Africa’s Zambezi River, and a team of 20 people travelling to Morocco for a trek across Mount Toubkal.
Schools and shops across Wiltshire will also be holding events to raising funds.