The Wales Air Ambulance has received more than £1,500 from a North Wales awards ceremony after it was chosen to be its charity partner. 

The Go North Wales Tourism Awards chose to raise money and fundraise for the lifesaving charity at its glitzy awards evening, which was held at Venue Cymru in Llandudno on 24 November last year.

The ceremony celebrates and recognises excellence in the region’s hospitality and tourism sectors. The awards, which were hosted by acclaimed journalist Sian Lloyd, who hails from Wrexham, showcased and celebrated the achievements, hard work and dedication of those working in the industry.

The black tie event, which is now in its sixth year, begun with a drink’s reception, immediately followed by a gala dinner and the awards presentation. An evening of entertainment and dancing took place following the ceremony which recognised the very best tourism champions in North Wales.

The Go North Wales Tourism Awards raised an incredible £1,525 for the Wales Air Ambulance. The money came through donations from businesses which were then raffled.

Eirlys Jones, Commercial Director at North Wales Tourism, said: “We were absolutely delighted to be able to support the Wales Air Ambulance as our Charity partner this year.

The awards evening showcased and celebrated the achievements, hard work and dedication of those working in the industry across the region and it was a privilege to be able to use the occasion to raise money for our nominated charity.”

The Wales Air Ambulance needs to raise £8 million every year to keep its helicopters in the air and rapid response vehicles on the road. It offers advanced critical care across Wales which is delivered via a unique Third Sector and Public Sector partnership between the Wales Air Ambulance Charity and the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS Cymru). 

As a result, the service is consultant-led and is known as a ‘flying emergency department’, taking hospital-standard treatments to the patient at the scene of an incident. This includes the ability to administer anaesthesia, deliver blood transfusions and conduct minor operations, all at the scene of an incident.

Siany Martin, Corporate Fundraiser at the Wales Air Ambulance, said: “The Go North Wales Tourism Awards was an incredible evening celebrating the tourism and hospitality champions in North Wales.

“The Wales Air Ambulance is very grateful to have been chosen as their charity for the awards ceremony and we thank everyone who kindly and generously supported us on the night. The money raised will enable the Wales Air Ambulance to continue its lifesaving work across Wales.”