Here at Rambutan, we nominate a charity to raise funds for every year, and for 2018 we decided on the Air Ambulance. So, to gain a greater insight into this life-saving charity, Sue, Jami-Lei and Kat went over to Coventry Airport to visit their main base of operations.
It was a great pleasure for us to meet up with Jo Payne, National Partnerships Manager of the Air Ambulance, for a guided tour of the Coventry site and their specialized helicopter. She enlisted the help of Pilot Joe Moore, ably assisted by Paramedic Gavin Alexander, who took us through the ropes of a ‘callout’, and showed us the routine for a typical working day, operating a life-saving helicopter.
Seeing the helicopter, it surprised me just how compact it was. However, it’s also long and streamlined, to be able to land in the smallest possible space; crucial to accessing someone in need. Compact as it was, the interior proved just how much medical equipment and storage can be carried, and how a tiny space can be utilised to its max.
For a callout situation, from the telephone ringing, it takes the crew an average of 1-2 minutes to get on board and ready for ‘heli take-off’, and from the base at Coventry Airport, we were shown a nifty measure they use for average time to get to the location of the accident, which for Market Harborough, Rambutan’s HQ, would be 9 minutes! Incredible when you think it took us 45 minutes to drive there, and, again, crucial to a person whose life may be hanging in the balance.
Our local Air Ambulance covers five counties: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. They attend an average of 6 missions a day, with each rescue mission costing approximately £1,700 (with no government funding). So they need as much financial help as possible to keep flying and saving lives.
With thanks to Jo, Gavin and Joe, and of course the rest of the team, we hope to raise much-needed funds this coming year. Keep up the good work!
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