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Helicopter fan wins WAA competition

The winner of Wales Air Ambulance’s #BuildAnAirbase campaign has received his prize, meeting the lifesaving crew and seeing the charity’s helicopter up close.

Wales Air Ambulance launched their #BuildAnAirbase challenge, calling on families to get creative to help raise funds to build the charity’s first owned home.

Oliver Weston, aged 6, wowed the WAA team, winning the competition by making a model airbase from LEGO, complete with a tower and LEGO helicopter.

By winning, Oliver was invited to come and meet the crew at one of the charity’s airbases.

Annette Weston, Oliver’s mother, said: “He really wanted to win, as he loves the air ambulance!

“We have been to the air museum at the Caernarfon airbase a lot! In fact, he asked to spend his birthday there.

“I couldn’t wait to collect Oliver from school and tell him that he had won the competition.”

The family visited the Wales Air Ambulance’s crew at Caernarfon airbase, and Oliver got a behind-the-scenes look at the helicopter operations of the charity.

WAA Critical Care Practitioner Carl Hudson showed the helicopter fan how the crew plot the flights for their lifesaving missions, and Oliver was given a tour of aircraft.

Lynne Garlick, WAA North Wales Fundraising Manager, said: “Oliver created a fantastic model airbase from LEGO, which helped raise funds to build WAA’s first owned home.

“Many people don’t realize that we are a charity, relying on kind donations and support to keep our helicopters flying across Wales, and Oliver’s creation has helped raise awareness for Wales Air Ambulance.

“We were so pleased to welcome Oliver and his family to our airbase, because by taking part in the Build and Airbase competition, Oliver’s support has helped to save lives across the country.

“And as a keen helicopter fan, we are so glad he got to see our lifesaving aircraft up close.”

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