Flying start to 2016 for Welsh Motoring Writers

A vital emergency service in Wales was given a boost to start 2016 with a £500 donation from Welsh Motoring Writers.

Established on St David’s Day 2001, Wales Air Ambulance has launched almost 23,000 emergency flights and one of its three helicopters can reach any part of Wales in 20 minutes – vitally important in capitalising on the crucial window for treatment and recovery.

The Welshpool-based aircraft covers central Wales and Marcher Country undertaking a considerable amount of cross-border work. The helicopter can be in the air within three minutes of a call at a cost of £1,500 each time.

Wales has one of the busiest Air Ambulance services in the UK and, overall, the budget has risen to £6 million. Around 40 per cent of missions flown are road traffic related.

WMW Chairman Huw Thomas said: “Wales Air Ambulance is a priceless asset in a country such as ours.  On a daily basis it makes the difference between life and death. Support is needed and we are pleased to respond."


Liam Bird Liam Bird

I'm Liam Bird, a freelance Motoring Writer based in the South Shropshire Marches. I currently write car reviews and road tests for a number of regional lifestyle magazines and newspapers which are distributed throughout Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, most of Wales and beyond.

As a member of the Welsh Group of Motoring Writers I'm as happy behind the wheel of a super-mini as I am in the latest super-car. I have press accreditation with most of the major motor manufacturers, meaning that as well as always being on the look out for further commissions, I always have a number of cars arriving each month ready to review.

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