2023 has been another successful year for Project Wingman. We have visited a total of 50 sites across the whole of the UK, with an average of 46 daily visits to our well-being buses.
Many of these sites had been visited for the first time, we have however had the pleasure of revisiting some hospital locations and seeing familiar faces! We visited Royal Surrey Hospital with a combined total visitor count of 1719 during our time in March and again in October. Haslemere Hospital, with an average of 56 visitors a day, benefited from our well-being initiative across 8 days. Kent and Medway also benefitted from a revisit, taking our vehicles to multiple sites located in the Southeast of England.
Travelling further north, we also reached Scotland. Our bus, Wellbee, toured across The Highlands, and Ayrshire & Arran. There were a few minor hiccups along the way, but this did not stop us from reaching those who work tirelessly within the NHS to benefit from our well-being bus. Locations included Biggart and Girvan during the tour for Arran and Ayrshire, and Dunoon, Raigmore, and Wick in The Highlands, with Wick being the furthest we have ever travelled! The views along the way were incredible, (lucky Drivers and Crew!).
We also visited familiar sites in Mid Yorkshire with Wellbee, where staff benefited from our bus as a hub to help vaccinate against Covid and Flu. More recently, we also reached Cambridge and Peterborough. This is currently being ‘toured’ by our amazing team of crew over the past 4 weeks. Project Wingman was reported on the local news channel, ITV news Anglia, which conveyed the essence of what we do and the benefits for the NHS staff. The tour on Wingbee, comes to an end on the 15th of December and the buses will rest for the Christmas and New year period.
With 2023 coming to an end, Project Wingman closes another year of delivering impact, thanks to you, our fantastic volunteers. We have met many incredible people along the way, including of course the lovely furry friend therapy dogs. We look forward to the year ahead, continuing to bring our initiative to more staff and meet those who will benefit from our well-being. We hope to travel towards the West of the UK to Wales, as well as Bristol and the surrounding areas.
There will be a few changes in the new year which we announce in due course, so be sure to keep up to date! If you would like to get involved, ensure to follow our social media, as this is the best way to see upcoming opportunities. But for now, we’d just like to say a massive than you to everyone in the Wingman family and have a happy and healthy Christmas and new year!
Project Wingman supports the welfare of NHS workers through mobile breakout lounges and preventative wellbeing training. All of our volunteers are current or former airline employeers.
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