Wales Air Ambulance CEO awarded for charity work

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Wales Air Ambulance chief executive Angela Hughes has been awarded for her work at the charity as the organisation celebrates its 13th anniversary this month.

Scooping Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the Charity Staff Awards 2014, Angela was recognised for her business skills in building Wales Air Ambulance from a small enterprise in Swansea to the advanced operation covering the whole of Wales today.

The accolade was presented by the Charity Staff Foundation in the City of London, and was one of 20 award winning categories that saw over 700 nominations from across the UK.

Other categories included recognition for office volunteers, trustees, campaigners and young fundraisers.

Angela was awarded for transforming pre-hospital care in Wales as well as building a self-sustaining charity.

As Wales Air Ambulance’s first employee, Angela’s initial fundraising target was to generate £1 million for one aircraft operating five days a week. Starting at a grassroots level, Angela has developed the charity to three helicopters strategically placed to reach anywhere in Wales within 20 minutes, 365 days a year. The charity generated £7 million last year.

Crucial to the award was demonstrating entrepreneurial skills in securing and sustaining funds. Judges applauded Angela’s creativity in developing innovative projects; including an in-house lottery, patented merchandise, a retail depot and a comprehensive training scheme for employees.

She was described at the awards as visionary, team-focused and determined in rising to challenges.

Angela said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been nominated by the team for this award. It’s been an incredible 13 years that wouldn’t have been possible without our fantastic group of staff, volunteers, trustees and supporters.

“I’m honoured to be working with such a dedicated team to help save lives across Wales.”

Wales Air Ambulance relies entirely on donations to fly the helicopters. The charity recently carried out its 19,000th mission.

For more information visit www.walesairambulance.com or call 0844 85 84 999.

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