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Pensioners walk from Watford to Birmingham

Two adventurous pensioners have undertaken a challenging walk from Watford to Birmingham in aid of MAA!

63 year old Joyce and 67 year old Ray, decided to walk 115 miles because their son was involved in an almost fatal accident on the M6 Toll road, when a deer ran across the carriageway two years ago.

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity rescued Sam after he suffered life threatening injuries to his abdomen and chest. His pelvis was broken in two places, his left arm was broken, and he spent four weeks on a life support machine.

Joyce and Ray said; “It was Midlands Air Ambulance, both in procedures carried out at the site of the accident, and then with the speedy transfer to Selly Oak Hospital, which saved Sam’s life.”

To say thank you to the service, Joyce, a recently retired nurse, and Ray a Humanist Celebrant, walked along The Grand Union Canal towpath. They started at The Ironbridge Lock in Cassiobury Park, and fi nished eight days later at The Mailbox, Birmingham, where Sam now lives and works.

Sam joined his parents each day to walk a short distance, despite the accident causing liver damage, which will one day lead to him needing a transplant. Joyce and Ray stayed at B&B’s along the route covering all their own expenses so that all money donated would go to MAAC. The couple raised almost £3000!

All in a day’s work!

These cheeky frolics were all in the name of charity, as blushing staff joined in the fundraising efforts of Banks’s Brewery and entered the competition to fi nd Mr Banks’s 2013. The Wolverhampton based brewery organised a competition to create a 2013 calendar. It was a tough job but someone had to judge the pictures!

Lights, Camera, Action!

The charity has been working

with a number of TV companies interested in fi lming

various aspects of the life saving jobs our crews are involved in and showing viewers what goes on behind the scenes of an emergency service. Keep an eye on this space to fi nd out when our crew will be on the box in the coming months.

Do you know someone just like you?

We need more volunteers! We have an events calendar bursting with events and always need a helping hand. If you have time to spare and want to help make a real difference to our fundraising events why not see when we are local to you and come along and help. Contact Alison Blakeway on 0800 8 40 20 40.

All I want for Christmas…

While most of us are still waiting for summer to arrive, staff at HQ spent July designing the 2012 Christmas cards! There are three packs to choose from and each pack has two designs. There are cards to suit everyone with traditional, modern, humorous and corporate designs. Each pack holds 10 cards and costs just £3.50 each.

The charity 2013 calendar is also available to order now for £4.00 and the MAA 2013 pocket diary is £3.00. Why not order these perfect stocking fi llers for your favourite fundraiser? The order form for Christmas stock is on page 27.

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