The Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance have both benefitted from the Provincial Grand Master’s Famous Five initiative since 2014. Both have received donations of £5,000 each year since then, followed by a final £6,250 this month. Following the conclusion of the 2012 Festival, the Provincial Grand Master launched the Famous Five in mid-2013 to benefit specific non-Masonic Warwickshire charities, and this has been splendidly supported by our Lodges. This means that a total of £21,250 has been given to each of the Air Ambulance charities since the initiative began. Further reports on the Famous Five conclusion will be issued in due course, but these are the first of the cheques to be presented to Air Ambulances, both being nominated initially by the Provincial Grand Master.
The picture below shows the Provincial Grand Master presenting the cheque to two of the paramedics from the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, who fly to the scene of an incident, and treat those in need. Pictured are Paramedics Mark Beasley and Dr Laura Owen, with Provincial Charity Steward, John Hayward. Taken at the Baginton Airport Coventry where the WNAA team are based.
The second photograph shows The Provincial Grand Master, presenting the cheque to Adam Williams, Fundraising Manager for Midlands Air Ambulance, at the Midlands Air Ambulance airbase at Strensham.
We are all aware of the effect of the Air Ambulances in crisis situations, and many of us know of those who have been helped and lives saved by the prompt action taken. Warwickshire Freemasons and the Province itself are keen to be able to continue the support given to the both Air Ambulances which cover our Province, and I am quite certain that this will continue for many years into the future. The helicopters in use by both Air Ambulances bear the masonic logos, in acknowledgement of our funding support.