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Nursery help keep helicopters flying


A Welshpool nursery has helped a Welsh helicopter charity complete its emergency missions across Wales.


Park Lane Day Nursery have raised lifesaving funds for Wales Air Ambulance by hosting a festive raffle in lieu of receiving cards at Christmas.


The children and staff at the nursery raised £260 for WAA in their festive fundraiser, helping the charity to keep their helicopters flying across Wales.


Helen Thomas, Wales Air Ambulance Community Coordinator, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to the Park Lane Day Nursery for their continued support for Wales Air Ambulance.


“The support of the staff and children means a lot to us, as last year we completed over 360 paediatric missions.


“An important part of the charity’s job is to run the Children’s Wales Air Ambulance, which is a specialist division of the charity because our youngest patients need a different range of treatments.


“The support from the Park Lane Day Nursery will help us come to the aid of children in their hour of need.”


The Children’s Wales Air Ambulance is an integral part of the charity, responding to both emergency incidents and inter-hospital transfers for children in Wales.


Wales Air Ambulance airlifts 300 children a year, ranging from premature babies just a few hours old, to seriously ill teenagers needing urgent help.


The children of Park Lane Day Nursery presented their donation to Wales Air Ambulance mascot HEMS Huw in January.


Helen said: “The nursery fundraise for WAA every year, and their support helps to keep our helicopters flying across Wales.


“HEMS Huw visited the children to thank them for the kind donation, as their donation will help us to raise the £6.5 million needed every year to run our operations.”

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