THE WPH CHARITABLE TRUST HELPS TO KEEP AIR AMBULANCE IN THE SKIES
Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance is celebrating a £10,200 windfall from the WPH Charitable Trust.
The grant takes the total donated by the Trust to the air ambulance to £55,200 over the past eight years.
The latest donation follows an application by the air ambulance to fund six missions – each costing an average £1,700.
Launched almost 15 years ago, the air ambulance – in partnership with the neighbouring Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance – covers 3,850 square miles taking in stretches of major roads such as the M1, M6, A5, M40, M42, M45, M69, A14, A45 and A46.
Last year the service, which includes a critical care car for incidents with poor visibility, such as night-time or poor weather missions, completed 1,333 missions.
Of the missions undertaken by the helicopter, the majority (43 per cent) were road accidents. A fifth (20 per cent) were medical emergencies, 11 per cent were sports related injuries, eight per cent were falls and almost four per cent were industrial incidents.
Chloe Bass, Legacies and Trusts Manager at The Air Ambulance Service, said with a top speed of 185 mph the average response time to a mission is 13 minutes.
As well as helping to keep the air ambulance in the skies above Coventry and Warwickshire, the money helps fund the on-board crew which includes a pilot, at least one doctor and at least one paramedic, or sometimes two doctors or paramedics during training exercises.
Chloe added: “Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance has received an extremely generous sum from the WPH Charitable Trust this year, for which we are very grateful.
“Since Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance began operating in 2003 we have gone from strength to strength.
“We now operate a critical care car and we have doctors and paramedics trained to the very highest levels.
“We have also developed excellent relationships across the two counties with the NHS ambulance service and the hospitals that we transfer our patients to after they have been assessed and treated.”
She added: “We really could not have done all of this without the support of Trusts, such as the WPH Charitable Trust, which has supported us since 2009, and we are truly thankful.”
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