STAFF from Griffiths recently presented the Wales Air Ambulance Charity medics with a donation of £310 at Caernarfon airport.

The donation follows the Wales Air Ambulance medics being called out to attend an incident at the A55 Abergwyngregyn to Tai’r Meibion site in December 2021.

Following the incident, the site’s Good Causes committee, which is made up of representatives across all of the company’s on-site departments, decided to support the lifesaving Charity through fundraising.

After removing thousands of daffodils along the stretch of the A55 where the works are currently taking place, and following feedback from the public, the daffodil bulbs were made available to the public for a donation.

There were also donations made to other local community organisations.

The staff of the civil engineering and construction contractor raised £310 in total and two of the committee members were delighted to be able to hand over the cheque to the crew and community fundraiser Alwyn Jones at Caernarfon Airbase. The crew were pleased to have been given the opportunity to show its visitors around the helicopter, where they described the very special features of the aircraft.

Wales Air Ambulance offers advanced critical care and is often described as a ‘Flying ED’.

The on-board consultants and critical care practitioners are highly skilled and carry some of the most pioneering medical equipment in the world. They can deliver blood transfusions, administer anaesthesia, and undertake emergency operations at the scene of the incident, before flying the patient directly to specialist care. 

Now operational 24/7, the Charity needs to raise £8 million every year to keep the helicopters flying.

Alwyn Jones, Community Fundraiser for the Wales Air Ambulance Charity said: “Fundraising is crucial to enable us to continue our specialist care service. We’re delighted that the staff at Alun Griffiths have been so proactive in raising these funds, and glad that the staff who visited us had the opportunity to meet the flight crew and have a close-up tour of the helicopter. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the £310 that has been raised for our lifesaving charity. You’re all playing a part in saving lives across Wales.”

There are several ways that the public can continue to support the Wales Air Ambulance.

These include online donations, signing up to the Charity’s Lifesaving Lottery or by coming up with their own innovative ways to fundraise at home. Further information can be found via www.walesairambulance.com. 

Alternatively, a £5 text-message donation can be made by texting the word HELI to 70711.