During Aberystwyth Town’s lat game of the season at Newtown Aberystwyth 200 club presented a cheque for £500 to Wales Air Ambulance.
The club has montly prize draws in which entrants can win £150 and also makes an annual donation to a charity, and this year it helped to recognise the important work of the air ambulance in our rural communities.
Wales Air Ambulance is an all Wales charity providing a vital service through emergency air cover for those who face life-threatening illness or injuries. It is dependent on charitable contributions and sponsorship and the costs of running the service are close to £6million a year.
The Air Ambulance service is vital in areas such as Ceredigion where many people live a great distance from advanced medical facilities, with Bronglais hospital being the only acute care hospital in the county. Many patients are transferred to larger facilities in South Wales such as Morriston Hospital in Swansea if their condition cannot be treated here.
Lisa Hughes-Evans, Wales Air Ambulance regional co-ordinator explained how she sees the importance of the service locally,
“In various areas of Wales such as Ceredigion, many live in isolated or rural locations far from an accident and emergency service. In addition the ever increasing problem of traffic congestion and collisions in more urban areas denotes delayed response times for land ambulances. However every time the helicopter flies it costs around £1500, as a result contributions such as this one from the Aberystwyth Town 200 club are greatly appreciated.”
Tony Bates, chair of the football club said it was important the club lent its support to local and national charities,
“Aberystwyth Town has always been a club that is a strong part of the community and the 200 club is further proof of this. I am sure we all have had personal experience or know someone who has benefitted from the service provided by the Wales Air Ambulance – it is an extremely worthy cause. I’d like to remind the supporters that the amount awarded to charity is dependent on how many people contribute to the 200 club so I would urge people to consider joining. Monthly money prizes are also up for grabs of course.”