Could you save lives?
That’s what we do at Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, and we are looking for new Trustees to help us.
If you have a medical, finance or fundraising background and have a few hours a month spare, then we have a great opportunity for you to help people like Owen.
Owen was a happy, energetic nine year old, so when he developed a cough, his mother Kate wasn’t overly concerned. When he started to become breathless, he was given an inhaler. This helped and Owen went off to spend the day with his Nan. Owen’s condition deteriorated in an instant. His worried Nan called for an ambulance, but within 15 minutes Owen had turned blue and collapsed. Owen had suffered a life-threatening asthma attack. He needed specialist drugs and treatment, so the ambulance crew called us. Our team carry powerful drugs that are not available on a normal ambulance, and have advanced clinical skills.
Specialist Paramedic James and Critical Care Doctors Kieron and Tim set off from our airbase and met Owen’s ambulance en route to hospital. They gave him intravenous medications for severe asthma and stabilised Owen while he was taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital. Owen eventually made a full recovery. His mum Kate said "If the paramedic and doctor had not acted so quickly, Owen would not be with us today. I cannot thank everyone enough for saving my son’s life that day."
Would you be willing to volunteer your time and skills to help? We have plenty of volunteering opportunities at GWAAC, but if you would like to learn more about becoming a Trustee and assuring the sound governance of the charity, please visit https://greatwesternairambulance.com/careers/
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