Join me at Strensham air base open day this Saturday!
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s annual Strensham open day takes place on Saturday 5th September 2015
The open day is a fantastic chance for you to gain access to one of MAAC’s three operational airbases, meet the aircrew and find out more about their life saving work.
I will be joining them to read poetry from Poetry Giving, my fundraising poetry collection in support of this amazing charity.
The free event takes place at the Strensham airbase in Worcestershire, (Junction 8 M5 Northbound) and runs between 10am and 4pm.
The day will include a variety of fun activities.kids can meet Maac the mascot and visit displays including historic emergency vehicles, Police and military helicopters, emergency services and the star attraction, our EC135 aircraft. Plus our aircrew will be on hand to tell you all about their work.
With fun activities throughout the day including food stalls, entertainment and exhibitions, this year is set to be bigger and better than ever!
Contact: Midlands Air Ambulance Charity
Phone: 0800 840 240
Address: Strensham Airbase, Junction 8 Strensham Services (northbound) M5, Worcestershire, WR8 0BZ
From: 05/09/2015 – 10:00
To: 05/09/2015 – 16:00
I look forward to seeing you there!
Author and poet: Poetry Giving
About the book:
This is a charming collection of poems about every day life with something for everyone to enjoy and it is not just for poetry lovers. Here’s why I wrote it: I had heard so much about the life saving missions performed by the wonderful crews who are highly skilled at their craft and decided to write a poetry book to boost funds for them. Midlands Air Ambulance Charity need to keep missions in the air and it didn’t take me long to determine that I could add something to their fund raising mix with my poetry! I
Before I started penning the book, I needed to know more about them, what they do, and how they go about their missions and I was delighted when these wonderful people invited me to their base at Cosford, I jumped at the chance!
I met pilots, paramedics and doctors, all forming part of a dedicated crew who fly on missions which save lives. They talked passionately to me about the complexities of dealing with patients in difficult surroundings, and how rewarding it is to get to the scene fast, so that lives are actually saved. These guys go out in tricky weather conditions to tend to the wounded and the sick, working in remote and dangerous areas in an effort to get the job done.
They have to fly in extreme conditions at times. I was enthralled to learn of how intricate the helicopter landings are… from valleys with overhead power cables, to motorways with intrusive overhead lights, to city situations where the recirculating air above tall buildings can play havoc with the rota blades. Maps are seriously important, and as I glanced next to the passenger front seat, I could see a carefully organised box of maps. Tim explained that once they have determined the ‘A’ to ‘B,’ a line is ruled across the map. he called it his “Roman road in the sky.” Getting as close to the patient as possible is their number one goal, as valuable seconds really do help.
I told them they were heroes, and I was really taken aback by their response. They told me that I was a hero too! They wouldn’t be able to run their missions without fundraising, indeed they are 100% funded by the generosity of fundraisers who understand what needs to be done to get them in the air. Each mission costs £2500 minimum.
Jason Levy, fundraising and marketing director for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “We are honoured to be chosen as the beneficiary charity of this beautiful collection of poems. The book has been lovingly crafted by Anita to help raise funds for our vital life saving service, and we are very grateful for the support.”