The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is set to appear in the first episode of a new celebrity-based surprise show.
The Celebrity Wish List show will see Jeff Brazier visit staff and volunteers to hand over dream gifts to help with the running of the life-saving charity.
Ian Nicholls, who has worked for the charity since its foundation, said: “This is our 20th Anniversary and to have been surprised like this is overwhelming. To be presented with gifts that were only a dream 20 years ago is truly wonderful.”
The Midlands Air Ambulance needs £6million pounds a year to operate and receives no government or national lottery funding. The charity responds to on average 10 missions per day.
And John Birchill knows more than most how precious each air lift is and the show focuses on the story of his son Joshua Dudley.
The nine-year-old was involved in a road traffic accident last Easter and was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where his parents were told to prepare themselves for the worst. But despite his horrific injuries, Joshua survived and is set to make a full recovery.
“Response time is crucial with brain injuries and if we had made the journey by land ambulance I dread to think what his lasting injuries would have been,” said John. “Midlands Air Ambulance genuinely saved his life – they gave Joshua a second chance.
“Nothing I can say could possibly come close to thanking them fully for saving my little boy.”
The 30 minute episode – which airs on Channel 5 at 7.30pm on Monday (October 3) will show Jeff Brazier learning about the charity and what wishes would make a real difference, before he is set the task of making those wishes come true.