Pilot mascot

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance’s newest recruit – a female pilot bear mascot – has been in demand attending fundraising events across the county.


The new captain has been learning from her paramedic bear crewmate Wilber, the charity’s other mascot.


The duo teamed up for the pilot mascot’s first public appearances over the weekend, at the switching on of Melksham’s Christmas lights on Saturday (2 December) and at the Swindon Santa Run on Sunday (3 December) and received a great reaction from the public.


There will be other public appearances for the new mascot, but in the meantime Wiltshire Air Ambulance is asking the public to suggest a name for her.


An online competition to name the pilot mascot runs until 12noon on Monday 11 December 2017. Entries can be made on the charity’s Facebook page –


The winner will be invited to meet the mascot at the charity’s Operations Centre in Devizes.


As with Wilber, the pilot mascot is sponsored by Soft Options Water Softeners Limited, a family run business based in Burbage, near Marlborough. Soft Options supply and install water softeners and filtered drinking water systems, and also offer water softener servicing and salt supplies for both domestic and commercial use.


Rebecca de la Bedoyere, Senior Fundraising Manager at Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “We’re thrilled to have our new mascot join the team. Our other mascot, Wilber, has been in incredible demand ever since he first joined us in September 2016 – so much so that we were having to turn requests down.

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