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Oakwood Theme Park has officially adopted Wales Air Ambulance as its charity of the year for 2017.

As part of the partnership the theme park will be donating tickets to be used as prizes for fundraising activities and staff will also be taking part in a series of charity events and activities throughout the year to raise money.

The decision to support Wales Air Ambulance was partly taken after the park team witnessed first-hand their skill and professionalism following an emergency call out to a staff member last year.

Oakwood Theme Park’s Phil Verbinnen said: “We saw for ourselves the amazing work they undertake last year when one of our staff members became unwell. 

“Whilst they were unable to alter the final outcome of that call, the crew worked tirelessly alongside paramedics to assist the staff member and give them the best possible chance.

“We’re proud to be supporting such a worthwhile charity and are looking forward to helping them raise much-needed funds throughout the year,” he added.

Wales Air Ambulance is an all Wales charity providing emergency air cover for those who face life-threatening life illness or injuries.

Each helicopter can be launched within three minutes of receiving an emergency call. From the three HEMS airbases, a helicopter can be anywhere in Wales within just 20 minutes.

The charity needs to raise £6.5 million every year to operate the service, with each mission on average costing £1,500.

Wales Air Ambulance is funded by the people of Wales; it relies entirely on the public’s support to help keep the helicopters flying. The charity does not receive any direct funding from the government.

Wales Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager (South) Mark Stevens said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Oakwood Theme Park for supporting us.

“As a charity, we can only keep our four helicopters flying through kind support and donations.

“By fundraising for WAA, they are funding our missions to help the people of Wales in their hour of need.”

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