WALES AIR AMBULANCE has been presented with the prestigious High Sheriff’s Award for its services to the people of the preserved county of Mid Glamorgan. 

The accolade was presented to the Service by the High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan, Jeff Edwards MBE, in November during his visit to Cardiff Heliport. 

Mr Morgan said: “Wales Air Ambulance was nominated by a member of the public for the service it provides within our community. Its work has been recognised in assisting seriously ill patients, particularly from remote areas, to hospital with many lives saved. 

“It is great to see that the services it provides have been greatly expanded since its inception 20 years ago thanks to generous contributions from the public. It is a testament to the admiration that the public has for the Wales Air Ambulance’s work. 

“Through this award, I am pleased to recognise the work that the Wales Air Ambulance do for the benefit of the community and wish the Charity continued success.” 

Receiving the award on behalf of the Service was the Charity’s Chair of Trustees Dave Gilbert. He said: “It is a huge honour for us to receive this recognition. The Charity, EMRTS and Babcock work together to deliver a vital service for Wales and it is heart-warming to know that our work is acknowledged and appreciated. One of our strengths is our deep-rooted connection to the diverse communities across Wales. So, to be nominated by the communities within the old county of Mid Glamorgan is special. 

“Whether you’re an employee of our service, or a volunteer, this is your award. Congratulations and thank you.” 

During his visit, the High Sheriff was given a tour of the facilities at Cardiff Heliport, led by Critical Care Practitioner Caroline Arter and pilots Chris Morley and Jonathan Deibel. He also met with the Charity’s Chief Executive Sue Barnes, EMRTS National Director David Lockey, EMRTS Operations Director Mark Winter and the Charity’s Director of Strategic Communications and Engagement Steven Stokes. 

Wales Air Ambulance has four aircraft based across Wales, in Dafen, Caernarfon, Welshpool and Cardiff.

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

The Office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year. The origins of the Office date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the King for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown.  

Whilst the duties of the role have evolved, supporting the Crown and the judiciary remain central elements today. In addition, High Sheriffs actively lend support and encouragement to crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and the voluntary sector. 

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.