25,000 Missions Milestone
We’re set to make history this week when we fly our 25,000th mission.
Since our first flight in 2003, we’ve touched the lives of thousands of families across the region, helping to fly sick or severely injured people by helicopter to hospital. Now we’re counting down to our 25,000th mission.
Director of operations Richard Clayton said: “We are delighted to have come so far since our first mission and to have reached this significant milestone. We couldn’t have done it without our incredible supporters who continue to keep us flying today. It’s also down to our highly skilled and dedicated staff whose tremendous work over the years has made us the success we are today.”
To mark this momentous occasion we will be launching a new fundraising appeal – 25,000 reasons to support your local air ambulance – and former patients are backing the appeal by sharing their stories and urging people to donate. We are also hosting reunion meet the crew events for former patients and their families.
Bronwen Hurley was one of the first patients rescued by the air ambulance when it first started in 2003. She fell from her horse at her stables in Kineton and was kicked in the head, suffering serious head and spinal injuries. The grandmother says she was very lucky that the air ambulance was able to treat her and was able to arrive at the scene so quickly.
She said: “When I fell from my horse, her back leg kicked me in the face. There was blood gushing everywhere. The blow fractured my jaw, knocked some of my teeth out and broke my neck. If the break had been any higher, I might have been paralysed. I was so relieved when the air ambulance arrived. Dr Wyse took control immediately and began treating me, and I was soon in the helicopter. I had a long road to recovery including; ongoing surgery, a head brace and titanium fitted in my jaw. It was a life-changing experience and I’m so glad the air ambulance team was there. It might have been quite different without them.”
Bronwen was flown to hospital in Coventry where she spent three weeks before being discharged and beginning the long road to recovery. She added: ”If you are in two minds about donating, I would say please do. You just never know when you might need them.”
The air ambulance charity is also organising reunion events across the area for past patients as part of the 25,000 Missions Appeal celebrations this summer. People will be able to see the helicopter and meet the crew. If you are a former patient and would like to attend you can sign up by clicking here or call 08454 130999.
Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance receive no government funding and rely entirely on public donations to keep their services in the sky and on the ground.
If you are interested in helping support the air ambulance, whether by giving up some free time, helping fundraise, or donating, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or or call 08454 130999.