Wiltshire Air Ambulance paramedics and doctors are set to be fitted out with new orange flight suits after Swindon Town announced it was aiming to raise £12,000 to buy them.

It's not the first time the club has chosen to help the charity. It's the sixth year players, staff and fans have given their support and in the past they've funded equipment for a rapid response vehicle and clinical training.

Goalkeeper Lewis Ward visited the airbase in Semington, near Trowbridge, for a tour of the facilities and to meet the aircrew.

While he was there he pulled on a flight suit and climbed aboard the helicopter to get a feel of what it was like to be a critical care paramedics

He said: “It was fantastic to be given the opportunity to see behind the scenes at the charity, learning about their lifesaving work which provides such an essential service to the local community.

“It’s great the club has partnered with Wiltshire Air Ambulance again and we’ll be looking to support them with fundraising throughout the season.”

The charity's senior fundraising manager, Des Regan, said: “We are very grateful to Swindon Town for their ongoing support, which now extends into a sixth year.

“Throughout the season we will be looking to engage with the club and its supporters for some exciting fundraising events, while on the pitch we will be cheering the team on for what everyone hopes will be a memorable campaign."

Swindon Town's head of commercial Danny Lee, said the club was delighted to carry on supporting the air ambulance.

"They are a fantastic charity who do so much good work in the community and we are looking forward to working with them again.”

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has been saving lives since 1990. It is operational up to 19 hours a day, 365 days a year in Wiltshire, Bath and surrounding areas.

Last year the charity was called to 1,104 incidents, including 206 in the Swindon area.

This year it's responded to 515 - 353 of them in the helicopter. Almost 80 were in Swindon and 40 were in Trowbridge.

Most call outs were for cardiac conditions, strokes and collapses. But 75 were crashes.

Of the total so far, 63 cases involved children.

Visit wiltshireairambulance.co.uk to find out more.