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You can cause a stir by having a Brew With The Crew!

Date published: 14 September 2018


How do you take your brew? This National Air Ambulance Week (September 10-16 ), the North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) are asking you to join its life-saving crew for a well-deserved cuppa as it launches Brew With The Crew, a campaign to help raise awareness and funds.

The charity will bring the North West together over tea, coffee and biscuits to support its vital local service, and raise a mug in honour of its air ambulance crew.

The charity’s crew miss 6,782 brews every year.

Back at their Blackpool and Barton base, emergencies can call for their life-saving service at any time during the day, 365 days a year.

Sometimes no sooner than the kettle is on, then the crew are called out to reach critically injured patients across the North West.

So as the crew save lives whilst their teas and coffees go cold, the NWAA hopes Brew With The Crew will encourage people to brew up and host their own event to thank its helicopter heroes in the skies.

Andy Duncan, Lead Helicopter Emergency Medical Service Paramedic at the charity, said: “It’s become quite a fond joke amongst our team that as soon as we pop the kettle on at base, we usually get called out to a mission. 

"There are never any grumbles though – the crew understand their hard work and swift response often makes the difference between life or death.

"It’s a challenging, amazing job, which we wouldn’t be able to complete without the support the charity receives.#

"We’re really hoping the North West will come together for Brew With The Crew and be part of making a real difference to their local air ambulance service.”

Make sure you register for a Brew With The Crew pack in time for October 15-21 when the charity invites you to host an afternoon tea in the office, arrange a coffee morning at home or maybe grab a mug of hot choc on a break. 

Get the kettle brewing, crack open the biscuit tin and ask guests to make a life-saving donation.

By signing up to register, you’ll receive a free fundraising pack that comes complete with games, recipes, bunting and much more - meaning that this will be a brew round no one will forget!

The pack even includes a selfie frame, so you can swap selfies for donations and share your ‘Mug Shots’ with the rest of the crew on social media through #mugshotNWAA.

Many critically injured patients wouldn’t survive without the service of the North West Air Ambulance Charity, and the service would not be here without the support of the community.

As a charity, the NWAA receives no government funding and is completely reliant on public generosity through the likes of donations, fundraising and volunteering.

Just £9 can fuel an aircraft for one minute of a NWAA mission, while £25 can buy a warming blanket to maintain the body temperature of a severe trauma patient and £650 can provide a specialist stretcher to ensure that patients with neck or spinal injuries can be transported to hospital safely.

No matter how big or small your donation is, you can help to save a life.

So it’s time to round up your tea-m, pop on the kettle and grab your favourite biscuits!

Don’t forget to share your Brew with the Crew stories on social media through #BrewWithTheCrew, by tagging the charity on Twitter or Instagram on @NWAirAmbulance or following on Facebook, www.facebook.com/nwaac/.

You can get your Brew with the Crew pack from www.nwaa.net/bwtc, by calling 0800 587 4570 or contacting fundraising@nwaa.net.

Don’t be too latte and register today! 


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