Welcome to the autumn issue
of Take Off magazine. Come rain or shine our staff and volunteers have spent the summer months with bursting diaries, so I must fi rstly thank you all for your continued efforts despite the Great British weather.
2012 marks 21 years of life-saving service by our dedicated crews and incredible effort from our wonderful army of supporters. Without your hard work, there simply would not be a service to celebrate. Having reached such a wonderful milestone, we couldn’t let such an occasion quietly pass us by! Pictures of our Gala ball are on page 16!
This issue we also look back fondly over the charity’s foundations. While many of you know our history, for more recent supporters, it is the foundations and momentous work in the early years that has led the charity to where it so proudly stands today. Read about where MAA began on page 22.
The charity is never lacking in inspirational stories. It is these fi rst-hand accounts that emphasise just how crucial the service is. This issue we speak to a mother who was fi ghting for more lives than she realised and to a young boy whose playground antics nearly cost him his life.
4–5 A Round Up Of Events & Still To Come
21st Anniversary calendar of challenges
6–7 Community News Local fundraising, events and latest news
Survivor Story Natalie Lander
10 Back To Class Top marks for local schools
13 A-mason-ing Donation The Freemasons support
14–15 With A Little Help From Our Friends
Our fundraising heroes
16-17 Anniversary Gala Ball Pictures from the biggest event in the charity’s history
18 Golden Oldies Our fundraising OAPs
19 Survivor Story Leon Stone
21 Business Matters Businesses get involved with fundraising
22 21 Years In The Making The story so far
25 Annual Volunteers Luncheon Annual get together
26 Hero Campaign Details of national fundraiser 26 Biker’s Corner News from our biking community Kind regards
We say it every year, but it seems just fi ve minutes ago that we were welcoming in 2012 and excitedly preparing our events. It has certainly been an action-packed fi rst half to 2012. Read all about our events so far and fi nd out what you can still get involved in!
As we rush towards the end of the year, I would like to take this opportunity to share recent successes. The last 12 months have been the most challenging yet the most rewarding for MAAC. Despite the economic climate, your support has never faltered. As a result, Strensham airbase was refurbished and our crew can now work in the conditions they deserve. It is vitally important to me that you understand how your support contributes to meeting the needs of MAAC. You have won the hearts and minds of your communities which continually dig deep to support this life saving service.
Your relationships within churches, schools and businesses across the six counties span back across the last 21 years and I am confi dent will continue for many years to come. I would like to end by saying a fi nal thank you to all our ground heroes who have worked and supported the charity over the last 21 years to ensure the vital service operates – yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Hanna Sebright Chief Executive
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