Are you tough enough to Mud-up for Magpas?! We’re challenging YOU to go up against our Magpas Doctors & Paramedics - in our 10k Obstacle Run at Rockingham Castle on Saturday 12th March 2016
As we get ever closer to that festive time of year again, our children’s excitement levels will start to soar at the prospect of sleigh bells ringing and the Christmas holidays just around the corner! So what’s the secret behind keeping them occupied? Magpas has the answer…
Instead of buying a Christmas advent calendar this year, Magpas is inviting you to buy a book a day for December. It’s a great way to encourage kids to read more and you can help to raise crucial lifesavings funds all at the same time!
Just drop into the Magpas Charity Shop, St Mary’s Street in Huntingdon (Monday to Friday between 9am - 5pm). Then choose your 25 books, it will only set you back £2.50 (at 10 pence a book). Just think, you might even enjoy some peace and quiet, for at least 5 minutes, in between the festive hysteria!
Look forward to seeing you soon as you get ready for a book a day in December! Thank you for helping Magpas continue to bring lifesaving care by land and air 24/7.
We're 'All Shook Up' about this event on 10th October. 'It's Now or Never' to don your 'Blue Suede Shoes' and shake off your 'Suspicious Minds' and get down to the Elvis Impersonator night in Norwich. Supporting Magpas this event will help you 'Let Yourself Go'......oh yes, 5 song titles squeezed in!
PHOTO CAPTION (left to right): Magpas Paramedic Simon Standen, Stansted Airport Baggage Lead Agent Sarah Webb, Stansted Airport Baggage Lead Agent Scott Hyam, Magpas Doctor Zoe Smeed, Magpas former patient Wendy Mason and Miramar Engineering Director Greg Pelling at the Magpas Operations Base, as we all get ready for the Magpas Unclaimed Luggage event
If you're naturally a bit of a nosy neighbour, then I'm sure you'll be intrigued to learn that Magpas Air Ambulance will be holding our first Unclaimed Luggage Sale on Saturday 24th October - your chance to take part in a luggage pick and mix and find out what's inside some of the suitcases left behind by travellers at Stansted airport - at a bargain price!
Thanks to Stansted Airport, Magpas have been given a collection of different shapes and sizes of travel holders that have been left behind by their previous owners. (Stansted have a policy of waiting for a set time and if no one returns to pick up their bags, the airport donates them to Unclaimed Baggage events like the one Magpas is hosting).
Stansted Airport Baggage Lead Agents, Sarah Webb and Scott Hyam (as in the photos above), explained why they chose to support Magpas, "Magpas is a charity that's there for everyone and anyone who needs them, so we wanted to raise money for them. Visiting the Magpas Operations Base just highlighted the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make this lifesaving service happen!"
In the lead up to the sale in October, Miramar Engineering have kindly offered to store all the luggage for Magpas, as well as to pick up the unwanted suitcases from Stansted along the way! Miramar Engineering Director Greg Pelling talked about why he decided to do this for Magpas, "It's our way of giving something back and it's more of a hands on approach than writing a cheque. We also thought it was great use of the company's facilities and resources". Greg went on to say, "Miramar spend so much time on the roads, it's brilliant to know Magpas are there if we ever need them".
Magpas former patient and volunteer fundraiser, Wendy Mason, has also put a huge amount of time and effort into helping to make this event happen. Wendy said, "Magpas saved my life, it's as simple that. I encourage everyone to come along on the 24th October to do their bit and help support them. I'm hoping this will be the first of many unclaimed baggage events for Magpas".
The Magpas Unclaimed Luggage event is happening between 10am - 3pm on 24th October at the Magpas Fundraising HQ, St Mary's Street in Huntingdon. You can just turn up and take part! You can pick up a bag to feel its weight but you can't open any of the bags...then you decide which suitcase grabs your attention and buy it! And whilst you're there, you're always welcome to have a look round the Magpas Charity Shop.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Did you know that 21st – 27th September is National Air Ambulance Week?!
You can support your Air Ambulance!
Make a donation to Magpas and help us bring lifesaving care by land and air to the East of England and beyond. Here’s a link to the Magpas NAAW JustGiving page: http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/magpas/supportmagpasfornaaw2015
It’s up to you what you do to help us save lives. Why not shoot a video of you saying "I support my local air ambulance, do you?" and nominate others to do the same! Or why not Make it Orange and dress up in Magpas colours? Post your orange videos or pictures on our Facebook and Twitter pages and use the #NAAW2015 – we’d love to hear from you!
On Saturday, 19th September, the first day of the inaugural Betfair Newmarket Open Weekend, racegoers will be treated to exclusive on course commentary for all seven races. A handful of Newmarket based trainers have agreed to commit to learning the art of commentating all in aid of the beneficiaries of the Open Weekend; Magpas - The Emergency Medical Charity, The National Horseracing Museum and Racing Welfare.
Raising funds for Magpas will be Sir Michael Stoute, one of the trainers for Her Majesty The Queen, is set to be ahead of the field having previously spent three years commentating in his home country, Barbados. Joining Sir Michael will be recent Classic winning trainer Hugo Palmer.
Hugo Palmer, resident trainer at Kremlin Cottage Stables and trainee commentator, said;
"I am delighted to see that the Open Day has evolved into the Betfair Newmarket Open Weekend. The weekend is a wonderful opportunity for Newmarket, the Home of Horseracing, to showcase the fantastic facilities that are available here.
"I have never commentated on live racing before but I'm sure we will see some healthy rivalry on the day and I am looking forward to the challenge."
These trainers may be masters of the turf but do know that calling a race will be by no means an easy task. Each trainer will undergo rigorous training and will receive some of the very best advice on offer from industry professionals in a bid to try and ensure a flawless commentating performance for their allocated race.
Just giving pages for the Newmarket trainers who will be commentating, to help raise funds for Magpas are;
Hugo Palmer: www.justgiving.com/Hugo-Palmer/
Sir Michael Stoute: www.justgiving.com/Sir-Michael-Stoute/
Tickets are still available for both days with kids under 18 going FREE on the Saturday and under 13s going FREE on the Sunday. For more information regarding all the activities taking place on Saturday, 19th and Sunday, 20th September please visit www.newmarketopenweekend.co.uk.
The inaugural Betfair Newmarket Open Weekend is a fantastic opportunity to visit the town of Newmarket and go behind the scenes at Horse Racing's HQ. During the Open Weekend visitors will get the chance to see some of the world's best racehorses at Warren Hill Gallops, tour a number of Newmarket's finest equine sites and visit the yards' of leading Newmarket trainers.
Children under 13 years of age can visit the Open Weekend for free. For more information, a full schedule and to purchase tickets for the Open Weekend please visit our website www.newmarketopenweekend.co.uk.
NOW Food & Drink Festival
This year the Betfair Newmarket Open Weekend will incorporate the very first Food & Drink Festival. The Food Festival will be located right at the heart of the action at the Rowley Mile racecourse for both days of the Open Weekend. The course will play host to over 30 bespoke stalls, accessible from all enclosures, including La Hogue Farm Shop, Ely Fudge Company, Steak and Honour, Saffron Ice Cream and many more. The NOW Food & Drink Festival will also include it's very own Sausage Competition on Sunday afternoon, where local producers will showcase their produce.
For a full list of exhibitors confirmed for the NOW Food & Drink Festival, please visit the Newmarket Open Weekend website http://www.newmarketopenweekend.co.uk/more-information/food-festival/.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Bedford – The Interchange Park (Kempston)
Luton – The Mall
Cambridge – The Guildhall
Peterborough – Queensgate Shopping Centre
Chelmsford – Anglia Ruskin University
Southend – The Royals Shopping Centre
Stevenage – Stevenage Leisure Park
Downham Market – Town Square
Norwich – The Forum
Bury St Edmunds – Arc Shopping Centre
Ipswich – Ipswich Town Hall Forecourt
Looking forward to seeing you there!
If you're looking for something to do with the kids this Friday (31st July), then get involved in the Magpas Colouring Competition!
Taking place at our Head Office in Huntingdon between 10am and 4pm. All you need to do is pay 50p entry and then get colouring!
All pictures will be judged by our Helimedix team, with the winners to be announced on Monday 3rd August (the VIP tour will take place on Tuesday 11th August at 10am).
There will also be a stall selling cakes and all things garden related on Friday, so don't miss out!
Ages 5 and under – VIP visit to our Helimedix base, goody bag and a £5 charity shop voucher
Ages 6 to 9 – VIP visit to our Helimedix base, goody bag and a £5 charity shop voucher
Ages 10 and over - VIP visit to our Helimedix base, goody bag and a £5 charity shop voucher
For more information please call 01480 371060 (Option 2).
Would you like to bike, run, or walk for charity? Then BRoW is the fundraising event for you!
This fantastic, fitness orientated fundraiser has been organised by Magpas volunteer Anna Dutton and will be the first event of its kind.
Date: Saturday 25th July, 9am - 5.30pm Location: Nene Park Trust - Ferry Meadows, Orton Waterville, Peterborough PE2 5UU.
It's up to you as to what you do; whether you Bike, Run or Walk your way round Ferry Meadows, you'll be helping Magpas Helimedix continue to bring A&E care, by land and by air, to patients in life threatening emergencies.
What a great way to spend a long summer's day!