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Welsh Flying Medics Join Armistice Commemorations


Wednesday 31 October 2018

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EMRTS Cymru medics, the Wales Air Ambulance (WAA) Charity, and Babcock pilots are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice by adorning its iconic red aircraft in South Wales with 100 poppies.

 

As we approach Remembrance Day on 11 November, the nation is coming together to recognise the significance of the end of the First World War and the sacrifice made by so many men and women during WW1, and all other past conflicts.

 

In addition to the 100 poppies, the South Wales helicopter has ‘100’ in gold lettering across its nose. The Charity’s headquarters in Dafen is currently flying a commemorative flag bearing the iconic words ‘Lest We Forget’. WAA helicopters in Caernarfon, Welshpool and Cardiff will also carry a poppy as a mark of respect.

 

Captain Grant Elgar, a former British Army Gazelle pilot, is now Babcock's Senior Pilot for WAA. He said: “A handful of the pilots and medics who work on board the WAA helicopters are either former or currently serving military personnel. All of our crews across Wales felt that it was important for us to respectfully mark this occasion and acknowledge the sacrifice of others. Every time our helicopters take to the skies over the next two weeks it will be in honour of our heroes.”

 

Welsh Flying Medic Dr Ami Jones is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves with the 203 Field Hospital. She said: “Those of us who have been a part of the armed forces understand the impact that conflict has, not just on the individual but on their family and friends. People who are prepared to make the greatest sacrifice deserve the highest respect and our service is demonstrating our appreciation in a dignified way.”

 

Additional Information

 

1. EMRTS Cymru is a partnership between the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, NHS Wales and the Welsh Government. The Welsh Government-funded NHS consultants and critical care practitioners fly on board the Wales Air Ambulance Charity helicopters which are based in Dafen and Welshpool. It is the generosity of the Welsh public, through donations to the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, which keeps the helicopters flying.

 

When the helicopters are unable to fly due to poor weather conditions, the service has access to a fleet of Rapid Response Vehicles.

 

 

To find out more about the Wales Air Ambulance Charity visit www.walesairambulance.com.

 

 

2. For further details please contact Steven Stokes, EMRTS Cymru Communications Manager, on 07866 796985 or via steven.stokes@wales.nhs.uk.

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