News Stories for April 2014

Health And Safety Raises Funds For Midlands Air Ambulance

The team from the international engineering and construction group, Costain, working at Severn Trent Water’s Minworth sewage treatment works, have...

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Health And Safety Raises Funds For Midlands Air Ambulance

The team from the international engineering and construction group, Costain, working at Severn Trent Water’s Minworth sewage treatment works, have worked together with their contract partners to raise £750 for tMAAC.

The money will help fund lifesaving missions across the midlands and has been raised with support of Costain’s head office. Through the Green Card Safety Incentive Scheme, whereby site workers remained safe on site and score well in safety health and environmental inspections, employees from Costain and their sub-contractors gained points, which were turned into cash rewards and donated to the charity.

Andrew Mellor, senior site agent, for Costain, comments: “The health and safety of our employees and site visitors is of paramount importance to Costain, which is why we developed our Green Card Safety Incentive Scheme. We are delighted to have raised the money for Midlands Air Ambulance, as the aircrews provide such an important service across the region”.

Manjit Chadha, programme manager for Severn Trent Water, explains: “We’ve worked closely with Costain for a number of years and safety is a key priority for us. The Green Card safety incentive scheme is great because it promotes safe working and benefits a deserving charity, simultaneously. We’re pleased that the Midlands Air Ambulance was chosen by an overwhelming majority of our team, demonstrating the great support the cause has in our area.”

Adam Williams, regional fundraising manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, adds: “The donation from Costain and Severn Trent Water has been gratefully received. On average we airlift someone who has had a tragic accident on a construction site every single week, so to have the two organisation’s support is vital, and I’d like to thank everyone involved for their commitment and fundraising efforts.”

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Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Unveils A Sparkling New Partnership

Brierley Hill-based retail jeweller, TH Baker, has chosen Midlands Air Ambulance as its charity of choice for 2014.

Staff at TH Baker, which has eight stores across the Midlands, will be...

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Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Unveils A Sparkling New Partnership

Brierley Hill-based retail jeweller, TH Baker, has chosen Midlands Air Ambulance as its charity of choice for 2014.

Staff at TH Baker, which has eight stores across the Midlands, will be taking part in a variety of fundraising events throughout the year, including the charity’s go-karting day. In addition the company has taken the platinum package at the charity’s Recognition Awards in June and the retailer is going to host a number of in store fundraising activities to raise extra funds for the service.

Phil Higgs, chief operating officer for TH Baker, comments: “Our company was founded in the Midlands over 125 years ago and we still have an incredibly strong commitment to the area, which is one of the reasons why we chose to support the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. In addition, one of our staff members had to rely on the service, demonstrating just how close to home the charity is.

“We are really looking forward to supporting this vital service by undertaking a wide range of fundraising activities throughout the year and would encourage our customers to get involved too.”

Sofia Voutianitis, corporate fundraising manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, adds: “Every year we are blessed with a terrific level of support from local businesses and the general public, and we are extremely fortunate to have charity of choice commitment from TH Baker. We are very excited about developing a number of fundraising initiatives for the whole team to get involved with, and we hope to inspire a bit of healthy fundraising competition between each of the nine Midlands stores.”

For more information about TH Baker, visit www.thbaker.co.uk.

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Vintage Tractor Road Run 2014 To Assist Midlands Air Ambulance

 

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Vintage Tractor Road Run 2014 To Assist Midlands Air Ambulance

 

Bridgnorth is getting ready to host the National Tractor Run on Sunday 20th April - it's the first time the national event will be host in Shropshire, and the organisers are hoping to make this year's event the biggest and best yet.

 

Event organiser and member of the Bridgnorth Vintage Machinery Club, David Spruce, is inviting all owners of tractors to register for the event with all fees going to support Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

 

The run will include over 600 tractors from across the UK and Ireland setting off at 10am from Hermitage Farm for a 25 mile drive around Bridgnorth, with a lunchtime break at the Burwarton Showground. The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity demonstration helicopter pod will be situated at the finishing line on Bridgnorth High Street, and the public are being invited to view all the tractors and donate to the life saving service.

 

It’s set to be a great day out for all the family and in addition to the Tractor Run, the Bridgnorth Vintage Machinery Club has restored an old tractor which will be raffled off during the event, with proceeds going to Midlands Air Ambulance. Second and third prizes are £250 and £100 respectively.

 

To find out more about the event, visit: www.shropshirenational2014.weebly.com

 

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Bike4Life event is set to entertain!

With the cold wet weather finally behind us and what looks like Spring in the air,...

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Bike4Life event is set to entertain!

With the cold wet weather finally behind us and what looks like Spring in the air, what better timing is there for bikers to dig out their leathers and get back on their bikes to take part in the Bike4Life Fest on Sunday 27th April 2014.  This huge biker gathering is in support of two local charities - Midlands Air Ambulance and the Royal Air Force Museum and with only two weeks to go until the event, any bikers who still haven’t registered their interest are urged to do so.

The day will begin with bikers gathering at Meole Brace Park and Ride, Shrewsbury from 9:00am before departing on mass at approximately 11:30am, heading for the RAF Museum Cosford where the Bike4Life Festival will be in full swing.  Upon arrival at the Museum, bikers and members of the public will enjoy an afternoon of entertainment including arena displays, demonstrations and activities sponsored by some of the biggest names in the biking world.  Plus, there will be live performances from The Crimson Star, CURRAN, Sons of Icarus, Dante Fox and The Jokers on the Planet Rock stage between 12noon and 4.00pm.

Organisers are excited to have on board Steve Parrish, former motorcycle and truck racer who is now one of the leading British motorsport commentators.  As one of the events star guests, Steve will be joining in with some of the arena activities, including comparing the tyre balance game sponsored by Bridgestone, where bikers can test their strength and be in with a chance of winning a set of Bridgestone tyres.  Steve will also be interviewing the Skyzone race team, a British-based supermoto team fielding riders in both the British and World Supermoto Championships, all within the Festival arena.

This year bikers are invited to enter the Bike4Life Best in Show competition.  Whether you're a proud owner of a sports bike, cruiser, tourer or even a scooter, if you think you've got the best bike in town, we want to hear from you.  The competition will be judged by Steve Parrish and it costs just £5 to enter, with all the money raised being donated to the two event charities.  Each bike category winner will receive a limited edition Bike4Life hoodie, road safety back pack, Buff snood, plus a star prize for each category winner.  There will also be an extra special prize for the overall Bike4Life 2014 Best in Show winner.

Nina Mitchell, one of the event organisers from RAF Museum Cosford said:

“Entry to the Festival and participation in the Ride Out is FREE, however we ask bikers to dig deep and make a suitable donation on the day.  We are delighted that Steve Parrish is joining us on the day and his presence signifies what a great day out this will be for the bikers and wider-community alike.”

Specially commissioned Bike4Life merchandise including biker snoods, hoodies and collectable enamel pin badges will be available to purchase on the day, or in advance via the Bike4Life Fest website, with all proceeds going towards the two event charities. 

So, if you’re a biker and you’re not already registered, why not be a part of this fun charity Ride Out and sign up today!  Bikers wishing to participate in the Ride Out must have a full licence as the route to the Museum will travel along the M54 motorway.  The festival will run from 10:00am to 4:00pm and visitors of all ages, not just bikers are encouraged to come along. For more information on Bike4Life Festival or to register for the Ride Out please visit www.bike4lifefest.co.uk.  Keep up to date with the latest news and event information by following us on Facebook – Bike4Life Fest or on Twitter @Bike4LifeFest.


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Stay Safe During The Great Escape

 

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Stay Safe During The Great Escape

 

While many people will be thinking about getting away for the Easter break, the life saving aircrew at Midlands Air Ambulance, which covers Gloucestershire is urging the public to stay safe during the first bank holiday of the year.

 

“Naturally we all want to make the most of the long Easter weekend, and while we’d encourage people to have a good time, we’re also asking the public to consider their safety and that of others,” states Becky Tinsley, air operations manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

 

Becky explains: “Unfortunately the number of air ambulance missions we are called out to tends to rise over bank holidays. There are more vehicles on the roads as more people look to get away for the weekend, so the number of road traffic collisions we attend increases. We also see a rise in the number of burns accidents at barbeques and incidents involving certain sporting activities such as swimming, horse riding, hill walking and climbing for example.”

 

Midlands Air Ambulance carries out over 2,000 missions each year, several of which are life saving. As each mission costs the charity approximately £2,500, all of which is funded by donations from the public and local businesses, the team at the service is encouraging the local communities it serves to stay safe while enjoying activities during the Easter break.


 

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We Unveil Our New Helicopter!

3rd April is a momentous day in Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s 23 year history, as the service officially unveiled its first wholly owned...

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We Unveil Our New Helicopter!

3rd April is a momentous day in Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s 23 year history, as the service officially unveiled its first wholly owned helicopter, which replaced one of the three leased aircraft.

The newly registered ‘G-OMAA’ EC135T2e aircraft was initially built at Eurocopter in Germany before receiving its medical equipment fit out at Bond Air Services in Staverton earlier this year. The £4.5 million helicopter undertook its maiden flight late February from Bond Air Services to Midlands Air Ambulance’s RAF Cosford airbase in Shropshire where it has been carrying out numerous helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) missions on a daily basis.

Previously, Midlands Air Ambulance leased all three EC135 helicopters from Bond Air Services. The aircraft are based at RAF Cosford in Shropshire, Tatenhill in Staffordshire and Strensham in Worcestershire. The service made a decision to replace the existing leased RAF Cosford aircraft with the brand new and wholly charity owned EC135T2e helicopter. The remaining two air ambulance helicopters will continue to be leased from Bond Air Services.

Hanna Sebright, chief executive for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, states: “The decision to purchase outright our own helicopter was made as part of our strategic plan to strengthen our long term sustainability by reducing overall operating costs, and further investing in HEMS operations and pre-hospital care.

“We are delighted to unveil our new aircraft, G-OMAA, which has been named in the spirit of our commitment to delivering the very best patient care and our ability to reach a patient within a matter of minutes. It has been a much anticipated and now welcome addition to our fleet.”

The purchase of the new helicopter was only possible thanks to the on going support the charity receives from the general public and local businesses as well as an extremely generous one off legacy, gift in a will, from Mr Derek Bullivant.

Jason Levy, fundraising and marketing director for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, adds: “As part of our commitment to patient care and to mark the arrival of our first purchased helicopter, we plan to extend our operation into the hours of darkness in the forthcoming winter months. This will enable us to fly 12 hours a day all year round, not just during the light summer days. The extension in operating hours will benefit the patient further as we will be able to undertake more patient transfers between lit helipads during the hours of darkness direct to major trauma centres and specialist hospitals across our region.

“Extending our hours of service will come with a cost, which is why today (3rd April) we are launching our ‘GO MAA’ fundraising campaign and are appealing to the public to help us raise an additional £250,000 this year.”

Currently, Midlands Air Ambulance’s three helicopters carry out HEMS missions during daylight hours, up to 12 hours in summer months and eight during winter. As part of the ‘GO MAA’ campaign, the service needs to raise an extra £250,000 to fund air ambulance missions between lit helipads during the hours of darkness.

Jason concludes: “To extend our service we need the public’s support now more than ever, so be a hero and help fund our ‘GO MAA’ campaign, which will ultimately help to save more lives across the Midlands.”

To make a donation to the GO MAA appeal text GMAA01 and your donation amount to 70070. For further information about Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, please call the team on 0800 8 40 20 40.

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