At the start of every academic year, the children at King’s Hawford nominate various charities for the school to support for that academic year. In September 2017, three children, Barnaby Blundell, Daniel Arridge and George Tonkinson, presented the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC) to the school and were successful in their nomination. Since appointing MAAC as the school charity, there has been a plethora of fundraising activity lead and organised predominantly by pupils and staff. The fundraising started off with a home clothes and cake sale day. It was quickly followed by a staff organised charity concert called “Hawford does POP” where staff and friends of the school performed tribute acts including Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Dolly Parton and even the Headmaster made an appearance as Kenny Rogers.
Other events over the year have included Valentine’s disco, copper trail, May Fete stalls, more cake sales and a busking event. A special mention should go to two pupils, Edmund and Benedict Roberts, who have sold their handmade and home grown plants throughout the year to support the fundraising effort.
Midlands Air Ambulance is the charity responsible for funding and operating three air ambulances serving the communities of six Midlands counties: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. This constitutes the largest air ambulance operating region in the UK. The charity also provides secondary cover to the surrounding areas, such as Warwickshire and mid-Wales. The charity’s three aircraft each carry a crew comprising pilot, two paramedics or flight doctors plus full life-support medical equipment. Operating from strategically located regional airbases, 90 percent of the region is within reach within eight minutes. If a patient reaches a hospital within the Golden Hour (60 minutes after their injury) their chances of survival are dramatically increased. That is why the rapid response of the Midlands Air Ambulance is so vital in an emergency situation.
On Monday 18th June, Barnaby, Daniel, and George were extremely pleased and proud to be able to present the MAAC with a cheque for £3000. As a school community who have a strong connection to the work the MAAC have done, we are so pleased to have been able to help support them in their mission.