Backhouse announces sponsorship of Wiltshire Air Ambulance as its charity of the year

Posted: April 19, 2024

Backhouse, a Chippenham-based housebuilder, is proud to announce Wiltshire Air Ambulance as its Charity of the Year. This collaboration reflects Backhouse’s dedication to supporting the communities it builds in.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a charity that provides an essential Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) throughout Wiltshire, Bath and surrounding areas. Equipped with a pilot and two advanced critical care doctors, the WAA helicopter can reach anywhere in Wiltshire in 11 minutes, carrying lifesaving equipment as well as units of blood and plasma. The fleet of rapid response vehicles is kitted out with the same emergency medical equipment as the helicopter and is tasked several times a day. Wiltshire Air Ambulance needs over £4.5 million a year to keep its operations running, and without any government funding, this is all raised through sponsors like Backhouse.

The Backhouse team have already kicked off their fundraising activities with an office-wide bake-off competition. The social and charity committee has events planned throughout the year to raise much-needed money for WAA. Victoria Carwardine and Stuart Walter of Backhouse recently visited the base in Semington to understand how Backhouse can support the charity.

Ian Jones, Chief Executive Officer at Backhouse, expressed his enthusiasm for the sponsorship, commenting, “As a local housebuilder, we are proud to support Wiltshire Air Ambulance as our Charity of the Year. The vital services provided by WAA have a profound impact on the community, saving lives and providing critical care when it is needed most”.

David Philpott, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, expressed his gratitude, saying, “We are delighted to have the support of Backhouse as its Charity of the Year sponsor. This partnership will enable us to continue providing critical care to the community in Wiltshire and beyond, ensuring that we can reach those in urgent need when time is of the essence. We look forward to supporting the team at Backhouse where we can make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve.”

Pic l-r Matt Metcalfe, Simon Gough MBE, Victoria Carwardine, Backhouse; Stuart Walter, Backhouse and Adam Khan.

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