5th Dec, 2016

People rescued by air ambulance to be reunited with staff at meet the crew event

Stratford Editorial 5th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

PEOPLE who owe their lives to the air ambulance are being invited a special reunion with crew members.

As part of celebrations to mark the local air ambulance service’s 25,000th mission – completed earlier this month – anyone who helped by the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) – or its sister service covering Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland – is welcome to attend a ‘meet the crew’ event.

Open to everyone who has had personal experience with the air ambulance, either as a patient or relative of a patient, the events will be held at WNAA’s offices Princethorpe on August 10.

The charity’s Director of operations Richard Clayton said: “The lives of thousands of patients and their families across five counties have been transformed by the air ambulance and the skills and expertise of our pilots, doctors and critical care paramedics.

“It’s a remarkable achievement for a service that only launched in 2003, receives no government funding and relies entirely on support from local communities to keep flying. It is certainly something to celebrate.”

Every mission undertaken by the local air ambulance costs £1,700 – entirely raised from public donations, income from charity shops and fundraising events.

Former patients and families can register free of charge by emailing patients@theairambulanceservice.org.uk, signing up at theairambulanceservice.org.uk/patientstories or calling 01926 633868.

* WARWICKSHIRE & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance needs volunteers.

Ahead of the second air ambulance week, which runs from September 17 to 25, the WNAA are asking people to pledge an hour to help save a life.

Volunteers help run charity shops, organise events, collect money and more to help the charity continue its life saving work.

Last year the first local air ambulance week raised £25,000 and this year organisers are hoping to smash this total.

Visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk/give for further details.