Wiltshire Air Ambulance calls on local community to hold fund raising ‘Bake Offs’

By Nick Batten on August 29, 2017

The Calne-based charity, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, is encouraging people to “get baking” and raise funds for its helicopter and crew this September.

‘Bake Off for Lift Off’ is once again the charity’s theme for National Air Ambulance Week which takes place from 11-17 September 2017. Individuals, groups, schools and businesses can all get involved by holding their own bake sales, bake off competitions, tea parties or picnics.

Additionally, Wiltshire Air Ambulance is ending Air Ambulance Week with The Great Big Teddy Bears’ Picnic on The Small Green, Devizes, on Sunday 17 September, which is also the day when the charity’s Big Wheel cycling event takes place.

Kenresa Stratford, fundraising and events coordinator for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said, “We were overwhelmed by the public support for Bake Off for Lift Off last year, so we’re really excited to continue with the theme for this year’s Air Ambulance Week.

“We’re hoping that communities, businesses and schools across the county will get their bake on and raise money for our essential helicopter emergency medical service to help us to keep saving lives.”

Kenresa continued, “we’d also love people to join us for The Great Big Teddy Bear’s Picnic in Devizes on 17 September where there will be cakes and sandwiches on sale from 12.30pm. You can also meet our paramedic bear mascot, Wilber, and help us to celebrate his first birthday.”

She added, “the picnic coincides with the Big Wheel cycling event that starts and finishes at The Green in Devizes, and is raising funds for us, so families and friends of riders who are taking part may want to join us and enjoy some cake! We’d like to thank Haydens Bakery, based in Devizes, for sponsoring the picnic.”

To take part in Bake Off for Lift Off or for more information email bakeoff@wiltshireairambulance.co.uk or call 01380 739453.

For more information or to register for the Big Wheel cycling event email kenresa@wiltshireairambulance.co.uk

Pictured above: Local children and paramedics enjoy a picnic with Wilber, Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s mascot