Until now Spire Bristol Hospital and its staff have always supported a range of good causes, from local fun runs to international nursing campaigns.
Now however the hospital has decided to channel all its fund-raising activities towards a single charity, which this year will be the Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAA).
“GWAA fly some 1,800 missions a year rescuing men, women and children throughout Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and North Somerset,” said Rob Anderson, director at Spire Bristol Hospital.
“It is estimated that one in five of those who would otherwise die are saved because the GWAA’s helicopter gets to them in time, yet incredibly they don’t receive a penny in Government funding which is why I’m delighted that Spire Bristol Hospital can show support by making them our charity of the year for 2012.”
John Christensen, Chief Executive of GWAA, said: “We are one of the busiest air ambulances in the UK so to keep our service running seven days a week, all year round, we need to raise about £1.3 million a year and with no central funding we rely entirely on charitable donations.”
He added: “I would like to thank Spire Bristol Hospital for choosing GWAA as its charity of the year and also thank the many people in the West of England who donate their time and money to keep this vital service going.”
For more information about GWAA go to www.greatwesternairambulance.co.uk