7-day flight marathon to raise funds for local air ambulance charity

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Gloucester-based Team Velocity will be joining 12 other teams from all over the world in a seven-day virtual flight marathon to raise vital funds for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC).

The relay team of pilots, led by Duncan MacKellar, will be flying a full-size 737 Simulator and will take off from Sydney at 22:00 on Saturday 4 November.

Team Velocity will fly in unison with participating teams and up to 70 other aircraft that are keen to join the fun. The event will be live-streamed on Twitch so anyone can watch and participate in the chat. It is a hyper-realistic event; teams will engage with Air Traffic Control at each of the airports they visit and they will be presented with a huge variety of flying challenges including weather and other adverse conditions. The event map is available at www.worldflight.center along with timings and team information.

The pilots will be given free use of the simulator at Velocity Flight Training near Gloucester to enable them to raise as much money as possible. Funds raised will go towards keeping GWAAC’s lifesaving critical care and air ambulance service operational across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, and parts of Wiltshire.

Various local celebrities including stars from Gloucester Rugby will be popping in to join the team and have a chat during the event. They will also be visited by members of GWAAC’s Critical Care Team who will share a bit more detail about what is entailed in delivering the lifesaving service for our community.

Along the way, the team will be given specific challenges and forfeits to enhance the fundraising fun and test their skills to the limit.

Emma Fawcett, Supporter Engagement Coordinator at GWAAC, said: “We are looking forward to this fantastic event again this year. The wonderful Team Velocity have already raised over £15,000 for GWAAC from their annual flight challenge and we are so grateful to them and all their followers for their generosity and support. We rely on the people we serve to help us raise the £4 million we need each year to stay operational. The money raised will help us to provide critical care to those who need it the most – saving more lives in our community.”

For the first time in its history, GWAAC was called to help more people (536 patients) in Gloucestershire than in any other region, including Bristol, in 2022. The Critical Care Team received a total of 1,808 call-outs across all its regions in 2022 and is on track to have its business year ever in 2023.

For more information about the event please go to Team Velocity UK – Team Velocity UK or velocity_worldflight on Twitch.

For further information, please contact Duncan at 0333 303 1351 or emma.fawcett@gwaac.com

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