Raft of support for air medics
5:00pm Sunday 13th October 2013 in Latest News
PARENTS of children at St Margaret’s Preparatory School, Calne, will be going the extra mile to raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
The school has chosen the emergency helicopter service as its charity for the year and one of the parents, Stuart Foulstone, has already flown to Zambia to raise money for this worthwhile cause by taking part in the Zambezi Challenge, which involved four days of white water rafting.
The former RAF officer, who lives in Devizes with his wife Sandra and children Charlotte, 12, James, ten, and seven-year-old William, said: “I wanted a challenge and after a lot of research this seemed to be the best one for me.”
He has paid for the trip himself, so all money he raises will go to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
Another of the school’s parents, mum Clare Ward, also has a very special reason to support the cause.
She has taken on the challenge of running three half marathons in three months in memory of the daughter of one of her best friends who died in August.
Mrs Ward, 40, who has twin boys Harry and Freddie in the nursery of St Margaret’s and daughter Florence, eight, in Year 3, said her friends were hugely grateful to the air ambulance crew who attended the scene.
Paramedic Matt Baskerville joined fundraiser Aña Exton when they visited St Margaret’s during National Air Ambulance Week to talk about the work of the air ambulance to pupils and staff.
The children and staff were amazed to hear that from the time the call comes to HQ in Devizes, the crew can be at an emergency anywhere in Wiltshire within 11 minutes – day or night.
Karen Cordon, headmistress of St Margaret’s, said: “The air ambulance is a unique charity whose sole aim is to save the lives of people living in Wiltshire.
“From next year they need to find in excess of £2.5million a year in order to keep the helicopter flying – that’s £6,850 a day.
“We are very excited to be involved in raising money for such a worthwhile cause and wish our parents the very best of luck in their endeavours.
“I know there are other St Margaret’s parents who are also raising money in their own way, including a group of dads who recently walked 55 miles to and around the seven Wiltshire White Horses – a big thank you to all of you.”
Donations can be made to Mr Foulstone’s and Mrs Ward’s fundraisers on www.justgiving.com/Stuart-Foulstone or www.justgiving.com/c-ward
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