Swindon Town FC has chosen Wiltshire Air Ambulance as its Charity of the Year partner for another season and has donated the prominent sponsorship area to the lifesaving service.
Additionally, ‘The Robins’ have pledged to sponsor trainee critical care paramedic Keith Mills, aiming to raise £8,500 throughout the season to fund his training, medical equipment and uniform.
Keith, 46, joined Wiltshire Air Ambulance in 2015 after spending two seasons working as a paramedic at Swindon’s home matches.
David Philpott, Wiltshire Air Ambulance Chief Executive, said, “Swindon Town has been a long-term supporter of our charity and we’re very grateful to the football club and its sponsors Imagine Cruising for all the money they’ve helped to raise to date.
“We were delighted to welcome Richie Wellens (Manager of Swindon FC), his staff and playing squad to the airbase today, where they were able to meet Keith, the trainee critical care paramedic they will be sponsoring throughout the season.
“We’re also very proud to take pride of place on the back of the away shirt in what we all hope will be a memorable campaign ahead.”
Swindon’s away kit, produced by Puma, is mirage grey for the 2019/20 season and will now include the Wiltshire Air Ambulance logo on the neckline above each player’s name and squad number.
Last season the Wiltshire club raised £12,000, along with primary sponsors Imagine Cruising, to help fit out the charity’s RRV (Rapid Response Vehicle).
Adam Wainwright, the club’s Commercial Manager, said, “Last season Imagine Cruising, our mainline sponsor, supported us brilliantly with our £12,000 target and is once again fully engaged with us and Wiltshire Air Ambulance to deliver on the new fundraising total as a three-pronged partnership.
“We are immensely proud as a Football Club to be right at the heart of the community with this partnership and to have our crest embroidered on the flight suit of the trainee critical care paramedic when he is out saving lives is very powerful.”
Swindon Town fans can contribute towards the sponsorship of paramedic Keith by donating through a special link here.
Pictured above: Wiltshire Air Ambulance Chief Executive David Philpott and Swindon Town Chief Executive Steve Anderson unveil the away shirt with the charity’s logo in front of a team photograph at the airbase