August 2022

Paralympian Wilts Air Ambulance Ambassador

Former Paralympian and elite tennis player Louise Hunt PLY became an ambassador for Wiltshire Air Ambulance earlier this year. From that she believes working with the charity has opened her eyes to the need for such an emergency service.

These first few months of working with the team at Wiltshire Air Ambulance has made me appreciate how important this service is to my local community. In fact, it was due to personal experience that I jumped at the chance to support the charity.

‘The air ambulance came to the aid of a very close family friend taken ill out-of-the-blue. Sad to say this friend died. But I, my family and friends will always be grateful for the experienced and kind team from WAA and the speed in which they reached her to try and help.

This service is one we all hope we will never need. Yet I promise you, you’ll forever grateful if you need their emergency service.’

Invitation

Louise Hunt - Paralympian Wilts Air Ambulance Ambassador
Louise Hunt – Paralympian Wilts Air Ambulance Ambassador

The 31-year-old wheelchair tennis champion received an invitation to become an ambassador earlier in the year. She visited the team’s base in Semington, where she met with pilots and medics. With an annual cost of £4 million, £11,000 a day, the charity relies on donations as it receives no regular direct government funding.

‘When I learnt more about the real-life stories and how many lives the crews have saved it made me feel passionate about supporting the charity in any way I can this year and next,’ Louise said.

Louise and her fiance (now husband) Chris Skelley MBE PLY recently supported fellow Wiltshire Air Ambulance ambassador Nick Mason*, at his annual Open Garden Event.

Louise and her fiance (now husband) Chris Skelley MBE PLY recently supported fellow Wiltshire Air Ambulance ambassador Nick Mason*, at his annual Open Garden Event. Nick and his wife Annette, open up their gardens at Middlewick House in North Wiltshire to raise money for charity. And one of them is Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Nick also shows off some of his famous classic cars at the event as he’s a motor racing enthusiast. (July 30 and 31)

*The musician and former drummer with iconic band Pink Floyd.

‘It was a fabulous day and the weather was gorgeous,’ Louise said. ‘It was a real privilege to be able to spend time with Nick and Annette in their own ‘back yard’ and what a back yard! We loved the cars and we’re all so grateful to those who came along and helped raised thousands for charity.’

Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Wiltshire Air Ambulance launched in 1990 and attends around three calls a day. As an ambassador, Louise spreads awareness about the Wiltshire Air Ambulance in local schools and in her daily life. The idea being to help them raise the funds to keep their helicopter in the air.

About Louise Hunt

Louise Hunt was born with spina bifida, meaning she’s been a wheelchair user from childhood. But she’s not let that define her. She became an elite athlete. Then she was an accomplished road racer in her wheelchair. And later specialised in tennis which she found more mentally challenging. 

Louise went on to amass more than 100 titles for professional tennis. She ranked number 10 in the world for wheelchair tennis at the height of her competitive career.

Today she’s a motivational speaker, diversity and disability consultant for businesses and brands and an activist around disability issues.

For more information about Louise visit http://www.louisehunt.co.uk

Postscript

Louise and Chris recently got married!

Louise & Chris with Nick Mason and his wife
Louise & Chris with Nick Mason and his wife

Drumsticks

Speaking of Nick Mason …. Pens made from his drumsticks by Simon Webb.









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