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Wales Air Ambulance’s biggest fan gets a birthday surprise

Wales Air Ambulance’s biggest fan turned 10 in March, and for his big day the Welsh helicopter charity arranged a special surprise for him.

Charlie Evans, Swansea, is passionate about helicopters – with a special love for Wales Air Ambulance.

Joy Miggins, Charlie’s Grandmother, said: “Charlie is non-verbal autistic, and his passion is helicopters – especially the Wales Air Ambulance.

“He loves all aircraft, but WAA is unique to him. He adores it! Charlie looks at it on YouTube constantly, and has done for about 8 years.

“Last year, he stood by the aircraft when it landed in Vetch Field, and it made his day.”

Every month, Charlie’s Grandmother spends around £30 in the charity’s shop in Swansea, on fridge magnets, toys and HeliWellies for Charlie – his birthday cake even featured the WAA helicopter.

When the Wales Air Ambulance crew heard about Charlie’s keen interest in the charity, they wanted to do something very special for him.

Grant Elgar, Wales Air Ambulance Dafen Pilot, said: “We heard that on March 15 Charlie will turn 10 years old, and we really wanted to give him a little surprise to wish him happy birthday, and to thank him for his outstanding support.

“For his birthday, he came to visit our crew at our Dafen airbase to have a tour of our EC135 aircraft. And for a special treat, we had replica WAA kit made for him as a birthday present for him.”

While the birthday boy had a close-up look at the charity’s aircraft, the WAA crew presented him with his birthday present and a card from all the crew, to celebrate his big day.

Mark Stevens, Wales Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, said: “We are so pleased to have celebrated Charlie’s birthday with him, and everyone at Wales Air Ambulance would like to wish him a happy birthday.

“By visiting our shops and giving us his outstanding support, Charlie is helping to keep our helicopters flying over Wales.

“Support like this is incredibly special to us, and we hope we made his tenth birthday special too.”

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