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Charity Golf Open Funds Four Lifesaving Helicopter Missions

A Gwynedd Golf event is helping to save lives across Wales, teeing off to raise vital donations for Wales Air Ambulance and Bloodwise UK.

The Charity Golf Open at Clwb Golff Abersoch brought in over 130 keen golfing competitors, who took to the greens to support the two charities.

An auction of promise was held in the evening of the competition and hand-crafted cakes were sold, raising a total of £6,530 for the two charities.

Lynne Garlick, Wales Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, said: “As a charity, we rely on kind donations to keep our services running.

“Our helicopters are funded by the support of the people of Wales.

“This support means that our aircraft come to the aid of people in their hour of need, landing at the roadside – or even on a golf course!

“We can then provide lifesaving treatment before airlifted them to hospital as soon as possible, and this is all made possible because of fundraisers like the charity golf open.”

Wales Air Ambulance needs to raise £6.5 million every year to fund the four-helicopter operation, which can be anywhere in Wales within 20 minutes.

Each of the charity’s missions cost around £1,500, funded entirely by public support.

Golf Captain, John Brynmor Hughes, and Lady Captain, Elin Williams, presented their donation to the crew at Wales Air Ambulance’s Caernarfon Airport.

Lynne said: “The Charity Golf Open at Clwb Golff Abersoch raised enough to fund several of Wales Air Ambulance’s missions, as well as supporting Bloodwise UK.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part and organise the event, as it will help to keep our helicopters flying across Wales.”

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