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Christmas Appeal 2020
This Christmas are you able to donate to help keep the Children’s Air Ambulance flying?
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We are launching our Christmas Appeal 2020. A gift today could help keep us flying into the New Year, and it could help us fly more critically ill babies and children, like Indigo, to the specialist care they urgently need.
At just 14-months old Indigo suffered a series of strokes when she was on holiday with her family in Cornwall. On arrival at the closest hospital in Truro, Cornwall Indigo started having seizures and was subsequently sedated and transferred to the intensive care department to help control these seizures.
Indigo required specialist treatment that wasn’t available in Cornwall, so it was decided to transfer her by helicopter over 340 miles away to Liverpool Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
The Children’s Air Ambulance took off from its base in Oxford and flew to Bristol to pick up a specialist retrieval team from Wales and West Acute Transport for Children Service (WATCh) to fly them to the hospital in Cornwall. On arrival in Cornwall, the WATCh team prepared Indigo for the flight to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and accompanied her in the helicopter. Her mum, Leighanne, was able to fly onboard with her in the dedicated parent’s seat.
The Children’s Air Ambulance crew flew Indigo from Truro to Liverpool in just 2 hours and 18 minutes, meaning that Indigo was able to get to the specialist care she needed three hours quicker than if she had travelled in a land ambulance. After 21 days in the hospital, Indigo was well enough to return home.
Sarah and Gary Johnson
Thank you to Sarah and Gary Johnson for raising over £271 for The Air Ambulance Service through their incredible Christmas light display.
Huge thank you to Darren Charlton who's written a book called 'Lucy and the Secret Room' and has chosen the Children's Air Ambulance as one of the charities to donate a % of the sales to.
Over the weekend, one of our lovely supporters, Sophie, set up a stall in Leamington Spa to spread some festive cheer! Sophie offered Christmas bags for children which included sweets, stickers and more, raising a total of £167.27
Take a sneak peek at our brand new online Advent Calendar that gives you something special every day until Christmas Eve. From online shopping discounts, to big thanks for everyone’s support, every day is a surprise.