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Run for Air Ambulance on its 30th birthday at the Bath Half Marathon

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WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance will celebrate its 30th birthday on the day of the 2020 Bath Half Marathon – and you can join the party for a special early bird rate, saving 10%!

The charity has been involved with the Bath Half Marathon for a number of years and says it is delighted the event coincides with the start of Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s 30th year celebrations. It was on the 15th March 1990 that Wiltshire Air Ambulance began operating by sharing a helicopter full-time with Wiltshire Police. The charity became a stand-alone air ambulance in 2015 and moved to its new airbase in Semington, near Melksham, in May 2018. 

The charity relies on donations, as it is not funded directly by the Government and receives no National Lottery grants. It costs £3.75million a year to keep the lifesaving service operational – that’s just over £10,000 per day. 

Events such as the Bath Half Marathon are key to the charity’s fundraising, providing in excess of £110,000 in the past five years. 

If you want to take part in the 2020 Bath Half Marathon, on Sunday 15th March, and join Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s 30th birthday celebrations, participants can sign up before 31 August to receive an early bird discount of 10% against the full sign up price. 

That’s just £30 to sign up, with a fundraising target of £200 per person. 

“The Bath Half Marathon is always a popular event in our calendar and it’s extra special in 2020 given that it falls on the day of our 30th birthday,” said Kenresa Stratford, events co-ordinator for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. 

“We’ll have plenty planned to celebrate the occasion and we’re hoping to have a bumper number of runners on the start line donning the yellow and green of our charity.”

You never know when you could need Wiltshire Air Ambulance, so if you’ve already booked your own place in the race, please consider raising funds for the charity. You really can make a difference and help save lives. 

To sign up or for more information, visit : www.wiltshire airambulance. co.uk/events/waa-events/2020-bath-half-marathon/ or email kenresa@ wiltshireair ambulance.co.uk