Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) has been awarded £1 million towards its new airbase.
The £1 million is from the LIBOR fund and was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond, during the Autumn Statement in the House of Commons today (23 November 2016).
The LIBOR fund is monies from fines levied on the banking industry for manipulating the LIBOR rate.
The charity is proposing to build the airbase on land at Outmarsh Farm, Semington, near Melksham. It will consist of an Operations Centre for its helicopter and aircrew and base for the Charity Team.
The charity has already been granted outline planning permission for the Outmarsh Farm site and has submitted its detailed plans for the project to Wiltshire Council.
David Philpott, Chief Executive of WAA, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this £1 million grant from Her Majesty’s Treasury towards our new airbase. The funding will be used to complete the building, equipping and fitting out of our purpose-built Operations Centre and will bring together the aircrew, helicopter and charity team onto one site for the first time.
“As has been the case since the charity was established, we continue to rely on donations and grants and make no demands upon the taxpayer to fund our vital service. However, I would like to thank those local MPs who lobbied on our behalf since without their help this funding would not have happened.
“Our dedicated paramedics, doctors and pilots have saved countless lives in the 26 years we have been operating, thanks to the generosity of people raising the funds we need. Our new airbase will allow our essential helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) to save future generations.”
Currently the charity rents a hangar at Wiltshire Police headquarters in Devizes for its helicopter and aircrew while the charity team is based in rented offices in Calne.
Mr Philpott added: “Having a purpose-built facility will enable us to have full control over our future. Our preferred location at Outmarsh Farm, Semington, will enable our helicopter to reach all parts of Wiltshire within 11 minutes, as it currently does from its base in Devizes.
“If our detailed planning application is granted we will be launching a Capital Appeal to raise the remaining £1.25 million of the £5.1 million cost of our new airbase. We already have £2.5 million pledged by a benefactor. Come early 2017 and we hope groups, businesses and individuals across Wiltshire will all support our Airbase Appeal to secure the future of this lifesaving service for many more years to come.”
- Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for MH-60 Analysis
- Wiltshire Air Ambulance cleared of Novichok contamination
- Airbus renews partnership with USP of São Carlos
- Saab Receives Order for Self-Protection Systems
- Thai Aviation Services S-76D Fleet Achieves 10,000 Flight Hours
- AAMS Statement in Response to NASEMSO “Borders in the Sky”
- Helibras highlights 40 years of leadership
- HeliOffshore SIP Delivers the Data to Make the Frontline Safer
- New modern helipad construction completed at Rasuwa
- Boeing being sued over December 2016 Apache accident
- Germany expecting delay in CH-53G replacement tender
- ICON Aviation appointed an official distributor for the AW109 Trekker in Brazil
- Pratt & Whitney adds third maintenance facility in Brazil
- MBA adds helicopter values on RedBook platform
- UAE operator EDIC Horizon orders Bell 429 simulator
- UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2018
- Diplomatic row jeopardizes $1.5B helicopter deal between Turkey and Pakistan
- Bell awarded $11M Contract for Helicopter Yoke Assemblies
- Jhonlin Air Transport to add Airbus H145
- Cooper 2 joins life-saving Air Medical Transport Service