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Air Ambulance mascot arrives in West Bridgford today

Last year, the Children’s Air Ambulance charity launched a nationwide competition to find the perfect mascot for #TheCrew – their club for children and young people – and with over 500 entries, the charity was proud to bring the winning design to life!

The Children’s Air Ambulance is a national service which is changing the face of paediatric and neonatal care through the high-speed transfer of critically ill babies and children – flying them from one hospital to another for specialist care.

The official mascot Blade – a yellow and green superhero bear with rotor blades on its back – has been visiting the charity’s stores across the country.

Blade the mascot

Blade’s Nottingham stops on his charity store roadshow will start this morning, 3 June, 10am-12pm at the West Bridgford store and then onto the Wollaton store between 1pm-3pm.

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“We love our new mascot Blade, and we can’t wait for the Nottinghamshire community to meet him,” says Youth Development Manager for TCAA, Anoushka Brown.

The charity is encouraging people to meet and greet Blade in the stores, learn all about #TheCrew, and get involved in the next national children’s competition – creative writing.


#TheCrew is asking for youngsters to get creative once again and write an imaginative story, sending Blade, and sidekick Peggy, on their very first adventure.

With some great prizes to be won – including a tour of the TCAA helicopter – spelling and grammar skills are not essential for the competition, just wonderful stories.

“It’s great to encourage creativity in children and that’s why we have launched this next competition,” says Anoushka.

“There are three age categories, age six and younger, 7-11, and 12-16, so all youngsters can get involved,” she adds.

Youngsters have the chance to grab their entry forms during Blade’s Nottingham store visits, and if they sign-up to #TheCrew in-store, they will receive a free branded pencil case filled with great items.

As part of #TheCrew, children can learn about saving lives, helicopters, medicine, fundraising, and how a charity works. The club offers advice and teaching on community work, volunteering, working as part of a team, and supporting good causes – which form part of many school curriculums.

Anyone wishing to learn more can call 0300 3045 999 or visit www.childrensairambulance.org.uk


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