Great Western Air Ambulance Charity wins silver in the People’s Choice Award at prestigious film event

Jasmine's mum Niky at Smiley Awards 2023 Niky and Tim at Smiley Awards 202

Thanks to the support of the public in the regions it serves, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) brought home silver for a People’s Choice Award at the Smiley Charity Film Awards in London on Tuesday.

Hundreds of people voted for Jasmine’s video — a film that re-tells what happened to Jasmine when she stopped breathing on Halloween in 2019, and how the GWAAC crew helped save her life.

Not only did public votes win GWAAC a silver award in its category, but they also helped raise awareness of GWAAC’s lifesaving work in Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset, and parts of Wiltshire.

Jasmine’s mum Niky was at the awards ceremony at the Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square with Film Producer Tim from Zest Productions. She said at the ceremony, “I get to go home and give my daughter a kiss and cuddle tonight because of you (GWAAC). Tonight was inspirational.”

GWAAC’s CEO, Anna Perry said, “I want to say a huge thank you to every single person who voted for Jasmine’s video. Over 400 charities entered the Smiley Charity Film Awards this year and it’s wonderful to have been recognised for the vital lifesaving work we do in our regions. Jasmine was just four years old at the time she needed our Critical Care Team, and with the support of our local communities we can go on to help many more people like Jasmine.”

About the Smiley Charity Film Awards

The Charity Film Awards have been created to celebrate the success of film in fundraising, to increase exposure of charity films, and to encourage donations for good causes. This year’s awards were the 6th annual Charity Film Awards.

The Smiley Movement is a platform for change with a vision: to inspire positive change in society by highlighting the people – and organisations – doing good in our world.

The panel of expert judges – which included high-profile names from entertainment, business, media, academia, and social enterprises — selected winners from each category. Categories are divided by charity turnover, film length and corporate cause.