Thanks for saving boy

Swindon Advertiser: Max Deans, nine,  with the Great Western Air Ambulance crew that saved his life after he was was knocked over by a bus in Febuary in Haydon Wick Max Deans, nine, with the Great Western Air Ambulance crew that saved his life after he was was knocked over by a bus in Febuary in Haydon Wick

A CHURCH has pledged to donate £35,000 to an air ambulance charity’s campaign after one of its members was knocked down by a bus in Swindon .

Max Deans, nine, of Norfolk, was hit by a Thamesdown Transport bus in Haydon Wick while visiting family in February, and it was expected he would stay in hospital for months.

But he made a rapid recovery thanks to the quick work of paramedics from the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, and the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church has pledged to support its work.

Max sustained severe head injuries and the GWAAC crew, alongside Wiltshire Air Ambulance and road ambulance crews, provided critical care as he was sedated and flown to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

Although Max’s family was warned by doctors he might need to spend months in hospital, he was able to be discharged just three weeks later.

Since then Max’s family has raised £3,650 for the charity, including a donation from the Plymouth Brethern.

Church representatives have also visited the air ambulance’s charity base in Filton, Bristol, to meet the crew who helped Max.

After learning about the charity’s campaign to replace its helicopter, the church made a match-funding offer to donate up to £35,000, providing the air ambulance raises the same amount.

The ambulance charity needs to raise £250,000 to replace its helicopter, a Bolkow 105, with a Eurocopter EC135.

Tim Barter, of the PBCC, said: “I was impressed when I met the GWAAC team at Filton.

“I’m glad that we committed ourselves to helping forward the provision of this new helicopter, obviously needed to progress this awesome, life-saving service.”

Fellow representative Tony van As said: “It was an eye opener to get some insight into the amazing work this team does – the incredibly fast response and expertise of care provided for patients in life-threatening and traumatic situations can mean the difference between life and death.”

John Christensen, chief executive of the ambulance charity, said: “The funds will help make our dreams a reality and ensure we can continue to provide a high level of emergency care for the people of our region for years to come.

“But the challenge still isn’t over, and we need the support of our local community.”

For details or to donate, visit www.greatwestern airambulance.com.

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7:52am Fri 9 Aug 13

Super Trooper says...

Wow, yet another incredible commitment from the PBCC. I don't care what peoples views are on their Christian beliefs but they sure put their money where their mouths are. Well done PBCC the world would be an even sadder place without you.
Wow, yet another incredible commitment from the PBCC. I don't care what peoples views are on their Christian beliefs but they sure put their money where their mouths are. Well done PBCC the world would be an even sadder place without you. Super Trooper

9:10am Fri 9 Aug 13

2Timothy says...

Yes, I agree, it’s good to see the newly named Plymouth Brethren (Exclusive Brethren) Christian Church Ltd giving away money like this. It’s curious they never bothered until the Charity Commissioners challenged them whether they were a charity themselves. Now with the prospect of Gift Aid being removed it seems they’ve begun to ostentatiously do some arms length charitable deeds.
Maybe this new found generosity will all those who have left to see their parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, children, grandchildren, friends etc who till now have ostracised them for daring to leave this peculiar sect?
Yes, I agree, it’s good to see the newly named Plymouth Brethren (Exclusive Brethren) Christian Church Ltd giving away money like this. It’s curious they never bothered until the Charity Commissioners challenged them whether they were a charity themselves. Now with the prospect of Gift Aid being removed it seems they’ve begun to ostentatiously do some arms length charitable deeds. Maybe this new found generosity will all those who have left to see their parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, children, grandchildren, friends etc who till now have ostracised them for daring to leave this peculiar sect? 2Timothy

10:56am Sat 10 Aug 13

Matthew070 says...

Pity that it is only what can be seen in public that is good. Behind the scenes is another story if divided families, law suits or threatening lawyers letters against those who dare to ask questions. Look behind this public face.
Pity that it is only what can be seen in public that is good. Behind the scenes is another story if divided families, law suits or threatening lawyers letters against those who dare to ask questions. Look behind this public face. Matthew070

7:16pm Sat 10 Aug 13

Edward Albert says...

£35,000 pledge!
Very admirable, very kind, so selfish.
and in the face of the most terrible accusations.
Well done this church, anybody can see how real you are.
Worry not about negative posters.
£35,000 pledge! Very admirable, very kind, so selfish. and in the face of the most terrible accusations. Well done this church, anybody can see how real you are. Worry not about negative posters. Edward Albert

7:18pm Sat 10 Aug 13

Edward Albert says...

Apologies, soooooooo UN-selfish.
Apologies, soooooooo UN-selfish. Edward Albert

7:31pm Sat 10 Aug 13

Matthew070 says...

Dear Albert. Clearly you are not in the position where you cannot see your children or your parents. Believe me there are thousands of us who are denied access to our family. It would be more charitable for the Exclusive Brethren to show charity to us.
Dear Albert. Clearly you are not in the position where you cannot see your children or your parents. Believe me there are thousands of us who are denied access to our family. It would be more charitable for the Exclusive Brethren to show charity to us. Matthew070

3:55pm Mon 12 Aug 13

Keith Seddon says...

One is truly impressed with this act of kindness. One has roots in the Medical Profession and anyone pledging to support in this way gets my full approval. One would say the Helicopter has greatly enhanced their means of travel making the saving of this young boy’s life possible. The PBCC seem to be known for this kind of activity. One knows little about this charity but would say that this kind of activity will not go unnoticed.
One is truly impressed with this act of kindness. One has roots in the Medical Profession and anyone pledging to support in this way gets my full approval. One would say the Helicopter has greatly enhanced their means of travel making the saving of this young boy’s life possible. The PBCC seem to be known for this kind of activity. One knows little about this charity but would say that this kind of activity will not go unnoticed. Keith Seddon

7:40pm Mon 12 Aug 13

2Timothy says...

I think by now, it's probably only the Plymouth Brethren (Exclusive Brethren) Christian Church and those concerned about the Exclusive Brethren who are still reading these posts. It's funny when you read some of these posts. I think Mr Seddon's is very funny saying the PBCC are known for thiskind of activity? How? Under that brand name they're still getting known. No-one knows what they do. So I'm guessing Mr Seddon is one of your members.

No-one can read some of the warning posts above, and then blithely comment as he and some others do.

None the less. It is a generous act. Well done. Do some more.

How about reconciliation with all those you've expelled or have left and have been ostracised and forbidden access to their family by you? That would be truly charitable too. How about abandoning your misinterpretation of 2 Timothy and jsut separate from evil - not people. That would be charitable too.
I think by now, it's probably only the Plymouth Brethren (Exclusive Brethren) Christian Church and those concerned about the Exclusive Brethren who are still reading these posts. It's funny when you read some of these posts. I think Mr Seddon's is very funny saying the PBCC are known for thiskind of activity? How? Under that brand name they're still getting known. No-one knows what they do. So I'm guessing Mr Seddon is one of your members. No-one can read some of the warning posts above, and then blithely comment as he and some others do. None the less. It is a generous act. Well done. Do some more. How about reconciliation with all those you've expelled or have left and have been ostracised and forbidden access to their family by you? That would be truly charitable too. How about abandoning your misinterpretation of 2 Timothy and jsut separate from evil - not people. That would be charitable too. 2Timothy

8:28pm Mon 12 Aug 13

Heavenbound says...

I used to be in this sect. We were banned from giving to charities when I was in! I am so glad they have changed - IF indeed they have. I hope so, but tend to agree with a previous comment that the fact that this good deed happens now, whilst they are under the scrutiny of the Charities Commission, is far from concidental... Having said that, it is great that they are giving to the air ambulance as it is a good cause. I just don't buy the altruistic aspect of the gift. Hopefully I am wrong.
I used to be in this sect. We were banned from giving to charities when I was in! I am so glad they have changed - IF indeed they have. I hope so, but tend to agree with a previous comment that the fact that this good deed happens now, whilst they are under the scrutiny of the Charities Commission, is far from concidental... Having said that, it is great that they are giving to the air ambulance as it is a good cause. I just don't buy the altruistic aspect of the gift. Hopefully I am wrong. Heavenbound

11:28am Tue 13 Aug 13

RDS001 says...

I applaud their donation of £3,650 and I hope they come good on the "sort of promised" with conditions maximum of £35,000. (Notice the fine print.)
However this cult like "church" has a very dark side to it. Brethren teachings prevent me and many others from having normal contact with our families because I do not believe in their doctrines.
Many have broken free of the stifling grip of this organisation and I hope this recent interaction they are having with the outside world will help other members to realise that they have been deceived.
I applaud their donation of £3,650 and I hope they come good on the "sort of promised" with conditions maximum of £35,000. (Notice the fine print.) However this cult like "church" has a very dark side to it. Brethren teachings prevent me and many others from having normal contact with our families because I do not believe in their doctrines. Many have broken free of the stifling grip of this organisation and I hope this recent interaction they are having with the outside world will help other members to realise that they have been deceived. RDS001

12:10pm Thu 15 Aug 13

Daniella21 says...

It is pretty ironic that this very same church are 'above' becoming doctors, paramedics, nurses or even helicopter pilots, for that matter! Get them to explain that one!
It is pretty ironic that this very same church are 'above' becoming doctors, paramedics, nurses or even helicopter pilots, for that matter! Get them to explain that one! Daniella21

9:11pm Thu 15 Aug 13

2Timothy says...

Daniella21:
You are right. Maybe they could explain why they prevent their young people from continuing education by banning them going to University? What's that all about?
Daniella21: You are right. Maybe they could explain why they prevent their young people from continuing education by banning them going to University? What's that all about? 2Timothy

10:46am Fri 16 Aug 13

Edward Albert says...

2Timothy makes no sense to me.
I young boy is helped by the air ambulance, saving his life and his community wants to show appreciation!
And then they are criticised for it, unbelievable!
I am sure the PBCC did not plan this one to happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!

Of course pure hatred is blind.
2Timothy makes no sense to me. I young boy is helped by the air ambulance, saving his life and his community wants to show appreciation! And then they are criticised for it, unbelievable! I am sure the PBCC did not plan this one to happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! Of course pure hatred is blind. Edward Albert

9:23pm Fri 16 Aug 13

Medic001 says...

What a fantastic donation from the PBCC - the Air Ambulance is a very worthy cause REGARDLESS of where the money that they so urgently needs, comes from!
3 cheers for these generous people - well done.
What a fantastic donation from the PBCC - the Air Ambulance is a very worthy cause REGARDLESS of where the money that they so urgently needs, comes from! 3 cheers for these generous people - well done. Medic001

10:21pm Fri 16 Aug 13

2Timothy says...

Edward, I have not criticised. Just asked some questions. Read my posts again. Maybe answer the questions?
Edward, I have not criticised. Just asked some questions. Read my posts again. Maybe answer the questions? 2Timothy

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