Work has started on the new airbase for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
At a ceremony on the site of the new airbase at Outmarsh Farm, Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, and High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Lady Marland, joined Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Charity Ambassadors and supporters on April 28.
At the site in Semington, near Melksham, Mrs Troughton and Lady Marland joined Wiltshire Air Ambulance Chairman Chris Lear and Chief Executive David Philpott in cutting the first turf.
The charity’s Airbase Appeal has raised more than £251,000, and just under £1 million is needed to complete the new airbase.
Also present at the ground breaking ceremony were Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charity Ambassador Champion Para-cyclist Lauren Booth, of Chippenham, and new Ambassadors Suzanna Hext and Nick and Annette Mason.
Nick is a founding member of the band Pink Floyd, and his wife, Annette, is an aviation correspondent and an actress, and are accomplished helicopter pilots.
Construction of the new airbase is expected to take 45 weeks and Wiltshire Air Ambulance is anticipating moving into the new airbase in Spring 2018.