Rotary Club members learn about new high flying service

Wetherby and District Rotary Club welcomed Faye Wilson, fundraising coordinator (north) of The Children's Air Ambulance charity, to their  meeting at Wetherby Golf Club (S)

Wetherby and District Rotary Club welcomed Faye Wilson, fundraising coordinator (north) of The Children's Air Ambulance charity, to their meeting at Wetherby Golf Club (S)

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Wetherby and District Rotary Club welcomed Faye Wilson, fundraising coordinator (north) of The Children’s Air Ambulance charity, to their Wednesday weekly lunchtime meeting at Wetherby Golf Club.

Faye gave at slide show about the work of this very new service which transported its first baby patient only two months ago using their specially equipped Agusta 109 helicopter.

It is estimated that over 5,500 children need to be transferred from a hospital to a specialist children’s unit where time is often critical.

Such a journey by land ambulance could take hours whereas this air ambulance can complete most journeys in less than an hour.

The charity needs to raise £134,000 each month to maintain this service and Wetherby and District Rotary Club were pleased to present Faye with a cheque for £1,000.

Half of this was collected by members of the Rotary Club in Morrisons Supermarket and the other half was received from customers of Wetherby Whaler Fish and Chip restaurants which are owned by Philip Murphy who is an active member of the Rotary Club.

If anyone wishes to know more about the highly regarded international organisation of Rotary, please contact David Coates on 01937 843662.