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Bristol school raises funds for local air ambulance charity

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Thursday, 9th August 2018

Bristol school raises funds for local charity

Christ the King Catholic Primary school, based in Bristol, recently raised a fantastic £449 for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC).

Christ the King supported GWAAC by carrying out a variety of activities, such as a penny trail, film night and 'guess the name' competition as part of their Lent fundraising.

The charity's mascot, Charlie Bear, also made a special trip to the school to tell them all about GWAAC's life-saving work.

GWAAC provide the Critical Care and air ambulance service for 2.1 million people across the counties of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and surrounding areas.

Their crew attend the most critical incidents across the region by helicopter or by one of their two critical care cars.

Matt Condon, Headmaster of Christ the King, said: 'At Christ the King we always have a number of charities we support each year, and this year it was great to support and learn about the work of GWAAC.

'The children learnt all about their amazing work and on the second visit they had a real treat when they met Charlie Bear!

'Not only did Charlie teach them more about the GWAAC's work, he also shared a few of his dance moves...!'

Ian Cantoni, Community Fundraising Coordinator at GWAAX, said: 'It's been a real pleasure working with everyone at Christ the King School. The children's enthusiasm has been so infectious, and they worked so hard to raise an incredible amount for GWAAC.

'We can't thank them enough for supporting us. I'm told Charlie Bear really enjoyed his visit, and will continue to work on his 'flossing' and 'dabbing' for next time!'

In 2017, the GWAAC Critical Care Team attended 1,824 jobs – 755 of which were in Bristol alone. 

The charity say they are inspired by the selflessness and dedication of their local young community, and thank the school kids at the School of Christ the King.