Wiltshire Air Ambulance's new mascot makes debut public appearance at Burbage school

Written by Tony Millett on .

Alison Cook, Mascot, Simon Neate, Burbage pupils & THE CAKE Alison Cook, Mascot, Simon Neate, Burbage pupils & THE CAKE The Burbage company which is sponsoring Wiltshire Air Ambulance's new fundraising mascot chose the local primary school for the first public appearance of the Bear.

The mascot is sponsored by Soft Options Water Softeners Ltd, a family run business. Soft Options supply and install water softening and drinking water filtration/purification products for both home and business use.

An online competition to name the mascot closed on September 18, but he (or she?) was not ready to reveal the winning name.

Soft Options' directors Simon Neate and Alison Cook said: “We decided to sponsor the Wiltshire Air Ambulance mascot as it gave us the opportunity to give something back to the community. With both of us living in Wiltshire all our lives we are well aware of the excellent work that they do and jumped at the chance to support them.”
“We chose Burbage Primary School as the first public appearance for the mascot as we have close links with the school.  It is in the same village as our business, and our two girls, Jess aged eight and Annabelle aged five both attend the school."

"Burbage Primary School kindly offered to hold a cake sale to raise money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance in conjunction with the mascot's appearance and we commissioned a cake which was cut on the day and sold off to raise more money."

THE CAKE deserves a closer look...THE CAKE deserves a closer look..."The children loved meeting the mascot and it was a pleasure to see happy smiles all round.”
The school made a day of it with an assembly presentation by Jemma Brown WAA’s Education Manager.

Polly in Year Six said: “I liked it when we were told about the boy who’d been paralysed by not wearing a helmet on a bike. It means that all of us have learned how important it is to wear one.”
The cake sale raised £120 and everyone enjoyed baking - and eating - the donations. Mrs Nicola Coupe, principal of Burbage Primary, said: “As a small community it is important to us to have close connections with parents and local businesses, so when two of our parents approached us with the idea we were more than happy to get involved."

"The children were extremely excited and enjoyed the event immensely.”