A kind-hearted nine-year-old pageant queen has presented £350 to the Wales Air Ambulance.

Gabi McMillan, from Caernarfon, was the reigning champion of ‘Little Miss Crown and Glory U.K 2019/21’.

As part of her role, she has fundraised for several charities, and she hopes to raise £1,000 by the end of the year for the lifesaving service and plans on keeping her fundraising page open until she meets her target.

The Ysgol Maesincla pupil presented the £350 to the Wales Air Ambulance’s community fundraiser, Alwyn Jones, during a recent base visit at Caernarfon Airport.

Gabi, who raised funds through online raffles and pageant competitions, was unable to meet the Wales Air Ambulance crew due to the fact the helicopter was on a call. Alwyn Jones took the opportunity to explain the importance of Gabi’s fundraiser, especially due to the fact the medics were out for a couple of hours.

Since presenting the cheque to Alwyn, Gabi is delighted to have now raised over £400 for the lifesaving Charity.

Gabi’s proud mum Debrah said: “I am immensely proud of Gabi she's such a selfless soul with a heart of gold who always wants to give to others and never expects anything in return, which is a lovely thing for a nine-year-old to always think.”

The Wales Air Ambulance Charity emergency service offers advanced critical care and is often described as a ‘Flying ED’. The on-board consultants and critical care practitioners are highly skilled and carry some of the most pioneering medical equipment in the world. They can deliver blood transfusions, administer anaesthesia, and undertake emergency operations at the scene of the incident, before flying the patient directly to specialist care.   

Gabi, who has two younger siblings, Jai, 7, and Pria, 3, has been entering pageants since she was five years old and has raised thousands of pounds for charity.  

Alwyn Jones said: “It was lovely to meet Gabi again at her recent base visit. Gabi presented the Charity with a wonderful £350 and since then has raised even more funds, which is amazing. It’s wonderful how Gabi, at such a young age, understands the important work of the Wales Air Ambulance. She has worked hard throughout her fundraising for our Charity, and we are extremely grateful. A huge thank you to Gabi and everyone who has donated to her fundraiser.

“Our Charity needs to raise £8 million every year to keep its emergency helicopters in the air and its rapid response vehicles on the road. Donations, like this one from Gabi, will help us be there for the people of Wales when they need us most. Diolch yn fawr.”

There are several ways that the public can continue to support the Wales Air Ambulance. These include online donations, signing up to the Charity’s Lifesaving Lottery or by coming up with their own innovative ways to fundraise at home. Further information can be found via www.walesairambulance.com.  

Alternatively, a £5 text-message donation can be made by texting the word HELI to 70711.  

You can follow Gabi’s charity work and events via her Facebook page Gabi Little Miss Crown and Glory UK.