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Every year the staff at Wyedean Weaving select a charity to support. For 2016 Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) has been selected. Past fundraising events at Wyedean have included cake sales, quizzes and the use of the car park for local events such as 1940’s Weekend and physical challenges.
The YAA is a charity funded by donations. The NHS provide paramedics on secondment but to keep their 2 air ambulances operational requires £12,000 per day (£44 million a year). The rapid response air emergency service serves a population of circa 5 million people across 4 million acres. The fast medical response that the Air Ambulance service provides is vital to a patient who has received major trauma, especially those with head and spinal injuries, as the Air Ambulance can avoid traffic congestion and uneven road surfaces. On average, when a patient has been received by the YAA, they will always be only 10 minutes from the nearest hospital and 15 minutes from the most relevant treatment centre. In some cases, this can save people's lives.
This year Kevin, our Distributions Manager, is tackling a number of physical challenges with a Yorkshire theme including the Harewood House half-marathon, the Keighley Big K 10k, the Yorkshireman half-marathon and the Yorkshire marathon. Other events are also in the planning phase and will be announced once details are confirmed but include the Yorkshire 3 peaks walk and cycling the length of the Leeds to Liverpool canal. Kevin is a former soldier who joined Wyedean in 2013 after a 22 year career in the British Army. He puts his love of physical challenges firmly down to his military background. His first challenge this year is the Harewood House half-marathon on the 28th February.
If you would like to sponsor Kevin you can do it in one of the following ways:
Via SMS: text YAAK71 plus the amount to 70070