Students from the University of Wales Royal Navy Unit have visited the Wales Air Ambulance Charity’s Cardiff base to learn about its lifesaving work.

Twenty-eight cadets visited Cardiff Heliport where they received an overview from ‘Flying Medic’ Jason Hughes about the advanced medical treatments delivered by Wales’ dedicated air ambulance operation.

The students were also treated to a rare flight in a Merlin HC3 military helicopter that has flown in especially for the occasion from the Royal Navy Air Station in Yeovilton.

Alan Petch is a pilot on the Charity’s Children’s Wales Air Ambulance. He said: “It is always great to have the opportunity to show visitors around our base. Being able to explain the job that we do in our day-to-day working environment, alongside our aircraft and specialist medical equipment, enables us to bring the work of Wales Air Ambulance to life. The visit went well and we hope that the students will be able to spread the word about Wales Air Ambulance amongst the wider South Wales student community.

“It was also a pleasure to host a Royal Navy Merlin helicopter and its crew from 846 Squadron."

Cardiff Heliport is operated as a commercial enterprise by the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, with all profits going back into the organisation to support its lifesaving work. The Heliport is also home to the Charity’s Children’s Wales Air Ambulance, which provides specialist transfers for vulnerable babies and children across Wales