First Tatenhill Airbase Open Day Raises Sky High Funds

Over 4000 people came to enjoy the first Open Day at Tatenhill.

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s first ever Open Day at Tatenhill Airfield was a roaring success, raising over £11,500 for the lifesaving charity.

Sunday 15th July saw the Staffordshire based airfield inundated with visitors, with over 4,000 people attending the free event to find out more about the charity, exploring the helicopters with the aircrew, observing demonstrations of lifesaving treatment and getting behind the scenes of the service.

Tatenhill’s resident helicopter, with the call sign G-HWAA, was joined by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s new, larger H145 helicopter, G-RMAA, which is usually based at the RAF Cosford airbase, and spare helicopter G-EMAA, to ensure operations weren’t affected as a result of the event.

The crowd watched on as G-RMAA prepares for take-off.

Activities kept families occupied and entertained throughout the day, including the helipod, new simulator experience, fairground rides, merchandise stalls, refreshments, and tombola. Representatives from other emergency services including fire, ambulance, police and blood bikes also attended to demonstrate their contribution to keeping communities safe in Staffordshire.

Laura Rogers, Karen Baker, Kerry Hemus and Sarah Folley exhibit aircrew skills used during an incident (demonstration).

Ian Jones, critical care paramedic and aircrew supervisor at the Tatenhill airbase, said:

“We’re so pleased and impressed that the first Tatenhill airbase Open Day was a huge success. We could never have predicted that so many people would come along to find out about our incredible service.

“Being the first Open Day at Tatenhill, we weren’t sure what to expect, so to raise enough money to fund over four lifesaving missions is absolutely fantastic. A big thanks to everyone who came along during the day and contributed to the triumphant event.”

For more information about Midlands Air Ambulance Charity visit midlandsairambulance.com or follow the organisation on social media.