“WE should all do everything we can to keep the lifesaving helicopters operated by the local air ambulance service flying.”
That is the opinion of Danny Rughoobeer whose seven-year-old daughter Daisy was airlifted to hospital after she fell down the stairs at home in Fenny Compton and cut her head open.
He said: “We were so impressed with the response of the team and the emergency services in general.
“From our initial 999 phone call, I think the air ambulance were with us within 20 minutes or so.
“They landed yards from our house and were so calm and reassuring.”
Mr Rughoobeer is urging local people to support the Give an Hour to Save a Life campaign that is being run during Air Ambulance Week – running from Saturday (September 17).
Like many people, he was unaware Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance received no government funding and relied totally on public donations to remain operational. Each rescue mission costs £1,700.
Luckily his daughter’s injury was not life threatening but the speedy air transfer to University Hospital in Coventry meant her deep wound was treated quickly.
He added: “We just don’t know when we might need the air ambulance so it is vital we all do whatever we can to support the charity. Please donate as much as you can or sign up as a volunteer to help them.”
Eight year-old Daisy was fortunately quickly back to her happy and healthy self.
The Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance is taking to the streets this national Air Ambulance Week to hand out its yellow cross pin badges in exchange for donations. Last year’s campaign raised £25,000.
People are being urged to wear the yellow cross badge as a symbol of the air ambulance.
Visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk to find out more.
Daisy Rughoobeer discovered the importance of Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance when she fell down stairs and cut her head open. (s)