Prince William becomes royal patron of Wales Air Ambulance

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Prince William has become the Royal Patron of the Wales Air Ambulance charity on the eve of St David’s Day. The news has been announced ahead of Tuesday’s visit to the headquarters of the charity with Kate, Princess of Wales. It is the first Welsh patronage the Prince has received since getting the title of Prince of Wales.

The Prince of Wales is expected to meet emergency workers, volunteers and supporters where he and Kate will learn about the charity’s recent activities across Wales.

In his first actions as the charity’s patron, he will call on emergency workers to prioritise their mental health, according to a statement by Kensington Palace.

As part of their visit, Kate and William will also officially open a new Patient and Family Room that will be used by the Wales Air Ambulance Aftercare Service.

Since its foundation in 2001, the charity has achieved close to 45,000 missions and has been on alert 24 hours a day all year round.

Wales Air Ambulance, often dubbed “Flying ED”, operates out of four airbases in Caernarfon, Llanelli, Welshpool and Cardiff.

Before flying a patient to specialist care, the charity provides advanced critical care, delivers blood transfusion, administers anaesthesia and performs emergency operations at the scene of an incident.

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Sue Barnes, Chief Executive of the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, said: “It is an immense honour for our charity to welcome His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales as our Royal Patron. This announcement comes not just a day before St David’s Day but also the day before our charity celebrates its 22nd birthday.

“The Prince has first-hand experience of working in the unique and often challenging air ambulance environment. His work, along with The Princess, in highlighting the need dor mental health support for frontline emergency workers is something that is appreciated and wholeheartedly supported by our charity.

“We look forward to our new relationship with The Prince as our charity continues to support a lifesaving service for the people of Wales.”

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