WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance’s plans to build a helicopter sculpture at its new airbase in Semington as part of a fundraising effort where families can use it as a memorial to loved ones, have been approved.

Wiltshire Council raised no objections for the charity to build a six metre, 500kg sculpture that would sit outside its new base, which is currently under construction, at Outmarsh Farm, Semington.

This will cost £3,000 and is being funded by a private donor. The sculpture will give individuals and families the chance to enshrine photographs of themselves or add a photo in memory of a loved one for a £20 donation.

The sculpture will be built by a local artist and the charity hopes to create a mosaic of 2,000 photographs and that the sculpture will raise £40,000.

It will be built using mainly recycled materials.

Wiltshire Council agreed to this last Wednesday.