Published: 16 May 2024

Wales Air Ambulance is grateful to have received a kind donation of £1,700 from Cor Dinas Bangor following the difficult decision to disband the choir.

Cor Dinas Bangor consisted of members from within the city, as well as outlying towns and villages. However, since the pandemic in 2020 the choir has suffered with diminishing memberships.

A call for new members was unfortunately unsuccessful and as a result they sadly had to come to the decision to end the choir’s existence.

The remaining members of Cor Dinas Bangor wanted to make sure that any money left in the choir’s bank account went to good causes.

A unanimous decision was made to split the remaining funds of £3,400 equally between the Wales Air Ambulance and St David’s Hospice.

Wales Air Ambulance Regional Fundraising Manager, Alwyn Jones was invited to a recent presentation where he kindly accepted a cheque from the outgoing Chairman of the choir, Douglas Jones.

The Wales Air Ambulance Charity needs to raise £11.2 million every year to keep the helicopters in the air and rapid response vehicles on the road.

Alwyn said: “It was sad to hear that following the pandemic the choir lacked new members and due to this they decided to end the choir’s existence. However, it was really thoughtful of the members to think of donating the remaining funds of £3,400 to two very important causes. Many thanks for kindly thinking of the Wales Air Ambulance Charity. These funds will help us to continue to be here for the people of Wales 24/7 and ensure our helicopters and rapid response vehicles continue to support people all over Wales. Diolch yn fawr, pawb.”

Wales Air Ambulance is consultant-led, taking hospital-standard treatments to the patient and, if required, transferring them directly to the most appropriate hospital for their illness or injury. For the patient, this can mean hours saved when compared to standard care and is proven to greatly improve survival and early recovery.  

It is delivered via a unique Third Sector and Public Sector partnership. The Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS) supplies highly skilled NHS consultants and critical care practitioners who work on board the Charity’s vehicles.