Wiltshire Air Ambulance Ambassador Alan Dedicoat, broadcaster and who is known as the ‘Voice of the Balls’ on the National Lottery draw TV programme and is the voice of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One, says: “Wiltshire Air Ambulance can mean the difference between life or death due to the speed of its helicopter and the highly trained crew on board. The new airbase will have improved operation and training facilities, enabling the team’s paramedics to provide the best possible care to critically injured and ill patients.”

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Ambassador Lauren Booth, Champion Para-cyclist from Chippenham, says: “Wiltshire Air Ambulance covers such a large area and is able to get to incidents within minutes, with highly trained medics and specialist medical equipment on board, to save lives. A modern airbase with everyone based at the same place can only make the charity better.”

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Ambassador Paul Martin, presenter of BBC TV’s antiques programme Flog It! and who lives in Seend, says: “In a rural community like Wiltshire the air ambulance is vital – it saves lives. We need it. It’s an extremely well supported charity with people fundraising for it day in and day out enabling the helicopter and crew to fly and save lives. The new airbase is very exciting and will enable the air ambulance to save future generations.”

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Ambassador Shelley Rudman, who won the Olympic silver medal and was the World Champion in Skeleton Bobsleigh and lives in the Pewsey Vale, says: “Wiltshire Air Ambulance is very much needed in such a rural area. The plans for the new airbase are great. I particularly think the idea that schools can visit as part of an education programme is brilliant and enables everyone to feel more connected to the charity.”