Hotfoot it to join air ambulance’s daring fire walks

March 04 2016

Hotfoot it to join air ambulance’s daring fire walks

A charity is inviting anyone with a burning ambition to walk over hot coals to join in a fundraising fire walk next month, including one at a local venue.

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity is challenging daring fundraisers to take part in one of the three fire walks it has planned in Bristol, Bath and Cirencester in March.

Entry is £25 per person with each walker asked to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship, which will all go towards keeping the charity’s helicopter in the air and responding to emergencies across the region.

Head of fundraising and marketing Emma Carter said: “This year we are turning up the heat on our fundraising, and organising three fire walks.

“Participants will be supported every step of the way by our team, and it promises to be an unforgettable evening.

Please put your best foot forward and help us to raise the £2.3million we need a year to stay operational.”

The fire walks are taking place at Lansdown Cricket Club in Bath on Tuesday, March 1; at Cirencester Golf Club on Thursday, March 3; and on Tuesday, March 8, at Gloucestershire Cricket Club in Horfield.

To register for a fire walk and for more information, visit 

The Filton-based Great Western Air Ambulance has seen an increase in jobs across the region during the last year.

The rise is down to the new helicopter, a Eurocopter 135, which arrived at our base in Filton in October 2014. In 2015 HM65 and her crew attended 1,655 life-saving incidents across Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire. This is an increase of 270 incidents compared to 2014, when they were using our old Bolkow helicopter.

The new helicopter is able land on any hospital helipad. The Bolkow was unable to land on the elevated helipads at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Gloucester Royal Hospital. Another advantage of the EC135 is the additional interior space, which includes an extra seat to transport a relative with the patient, or train new doctors and paramedics.