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FOLLOWING an informative talk about the Wiltshire Air Ambulance at a Rotary meeting towards the end of the last Rotary year, it was decided, on the advice of Rotarian Norman Drake that the club should donate all of one month’s profits from the Art House Café.
This enabled the club to make a formal presentation of £1,000 at the Air Support Unit of the WAA in the Police Headquarters at Devizes.
President Terry Bazeley made the presentation, accompanied by Rotarians Ken Jacomb and Peter King. They met the WAA pilot, Bob Lindup, and the paramedic, Luke MacCallum, who posed for photographs and answered questions about the equipment aboard the helicopter and the sorts of call outs they have to do, making clear how thoroughly professional they are and how proud to serve the community so efficiently. To provide such a service costs money – not provided by the government but dependent on ongoing fund-raising, a sum of £2.5million annually for survival. Fortunately, the WAA is appreciated by Wiltshire residents and impressive sums have already been donated.
The Melksham Rotary is proud to play its part in support of the WAA, and a photoshoot at Police Headquarters making them even more determined to support such a worthwhile venture.