Six-time BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Julie Walters CBE is the latest celebrity of the world of television and film to become an ambassador for Midlands Air Ambulance to help raise awareness for the charities amazing work and its #AIR25 25th anniversary.
Julie joins a host of celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment who have also agreed to become ambassadors for the lifesaving charity. Julie will help to draw attention to the incredible work carried out by Midlands Air Ambulance which receives no Government or National Lottery funding, meaning it relies solely on donations from the general public.
Having being born locally in Edgbaston, Julie has a particular affinity to the lifesaving work of the charity. Prior to her life on the big screen, she was actually a nurse at the city’s Queen Elizabeth hospital, one of the major hospitals which the air ambulance helicopters fly into regularly.
Solihull-born TV presenter Richard Hammond and Walters’ Harry Potter co-star, Sutton Coldfield-born James Phelps join Julie in becoming an ambassador for Midlands Air Ambulance.
Other ambassadors include, Formula 1 racing drivers David Coulthard MBE and Nigel Mansell CBE, rugby World Cup winners Mike Tindall MBE, Neil Back MBE, Phil Vickery MBE, Rio 2016 Gold medalists Carl Hester MBE, Nick Skelton OBE and Lee Pearson CBE and actor John Challis of Only Fools and Horses.
Speaking on becoming an ambassador, Julie, said:
The pilots, flying doctors and paramedics all do an incredible job saving lives every day. I fully support the lifesaving work of this brilliant charity, and would encourage the public to make a difference by helping or making a donation so they can continue with their brilliant work saving lives for another 25 years.
Each year the charity works incredibly hard to raise in excess of £7million to keep its three helicopters airborn for 365 days a year. The Midlands Air Ambulance is one of the longest serving air ambulance charities in the UK; since its inception in 1991 it has airlifted and saved more than 46,000 lives.
The charity covers a population of six million people across the counties of Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, and the West Midlands, making it one of the busiest in the UK.
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