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Christmas Raffle 2016 Results

Our Christmas Raffle was drawn on Friday 27th January 2017. Congratulations to all our winners have now been contacted.

The winning ticket numbers and prizes were:


624003 £3,000
156845 £1,500
136278 £500
144439 £25
689617 £25
906871 £10
384689 £10
581463 £10
915608 £10
304141 £10
798820 £10
429397 £10
994109 £10
296750 £10
665279 £10




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POSH fan given the gift of life this Christmas

POSH fan given the gift of life this Christmas

PHOTO CAPTION (left to right): Magpas Air Ambulance Paramedic Dan Phillips, Emily Starr, Paul Starr and Magpas Air Ambulance Director of Fundraising Steve Holt

When avid Peterborough United fans, teachers Paul and Emily Starr from Wellingborough, arrived at the Peterborough United vs Northampton match on the evening of the 18th October, neither of them could have prepared themselves for the events that followed.

At half time, 56 year old Dad Paul went to get his daughter Emily a coffee. Whilst he was gone, 23 year old Emily saw some sort of a commotion in the distance and realised that someone was being given CPR, but she couldn’t see who. When half time drew to a close and there was still no sign of Paul, Emily started to worry and tried to ring her dad on his mobile…22 attempts later and there was still no answer and no Paul. Emily remembers, “I had the sickest feeling in my stomach. I went to look for Dad and asked a steward, who was blocking off the bottom of the stairs, if he’d seen him. I described what my dad was wearing and the look in the steward’s eyes made me realise the person being given CPR was my Dad”.

Thanks to the crucial, lifesaving chain of care Paul was given on the night of the match, he has since made a brilliant recovery. Almost as soon as Paul went into cardiac arrest, an off-duty doctor appeared, followed by two first aiders, who all started performing CPR there and then. An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew then stepped in and successfully resuscitated Paul. Subsequently, an enhanced doctor and paramedic medical team from Magpas Air Ambulance arrived and anesthetised Paul (giving him A&E level care there and then), before the Magpas team accompanied him to Peterborough City Hospital for ongoing treatment.

The 10th of December marked the a very poignant moment; a celebration of his Paul’s remarkable recovery! Paul, who has been supporting the POSH since he was 11, went to watch his first Peterborough United match since the fateful day of his cardiac arrest (it was also the last match before Christmas). Paul was joined by his wife Trudy and their daughter Emily, at the football ground, so that they could say a heartfelt, “Thank you” to as many of the individuals as possible who helped to save his life. Magpas Air Ambulance paramedic Dan Phillips, who was part of the Magpas medical team to be called to Paul’s aid on the night of 18th October, also drove over from Suffolk to be part of the emotional reunion. As well as meeting a couple of the Peterborough United players - Paul was given a seat in the Director’s Box to watch the match against Chesterfield.

His daughter Emily sums things up very eloquently by saying, “My dad and I are so close and have always done everything together, as we both share a love for sport. Dad has taken me to all the POSH games since I was 3 - and we’re a great team. I cannot begin to thank the medical staff at Peterborough United Football Club, the EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew, not forgetting an off duty doctor who also happened to be at the game called Tom - and of course the Magpas Air Ambulance medical team who were amazing! There are no words to sum up how emotional and tiring the past few months have been, but I fully appreciate the massive difference these people have made for my Dad. Please support Magpas Air Ambulance this Christmas and in 2017, you never know when you might need their expert help!”.

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The ultimate wakeup call - 10 mums from the East reach out after almost losing loved ones

The ultimate wakeup call - 10 mums from the East reach out after almost losing loved ones

“As a mum, there are no words for when one of your babies (however old they are) has been involved in a terrible accident. Nothing can prepare you for that phone call, I can’t really remember much of the journey to the hospital; I was hysterical, I could barely breathe and every minute felt like the longest hour”.

What would you do if you were going about your usual business, when suddenly you received a phone call saying your child or a loved one had been involved in a severe medical emergency and they were fighting for their life? Ten mothers from Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex have first-hand experience of the heart stopping moments described above. As a result, they are gathering at a crucial lifesaving location, to reach out to other families across the Eastern Region and beyond about what really matters. The reason? To highlight how precious life can be and to emphasise the ripple effect on the family unit, after nearly losing someone so close.

On 4th August this year, golfing enthusiast and mother from Ipswich Sally Crosbie, was told her son Ben had been involved in a freak accident. Ben had been loading a glass hearse onto a lorry (ready for a funeral the following day) when the winch failed and Ben found himself trapped between the hearse and the end of the lorry, suffering serious, crushing injuries and needed urgent care.

Mother of four, Helen Lees from Cheshunt in Hertfordshire, will never forget the day her son Sam (who was living in Essex) was involved in a horrific motorbike accident - one that was so serious, his super bike was split in half. The accident happened in Red Lodge (in Suffolk) on 8th September 2012, leaving Sam suffering two strokes, a broken skull and multiple fractures to his body.

Laura Novak from Hartford in Cambridgeshire will always remember the time her son Finley stopped breathing and turned blue, when he was just 1 day old. Laura explains, “It will be forever engrained in my mind”.

Shara Watt from Hitchin heard the traumatic news that her son Christopher Inns had suffered potentially fatal injuries when he was involved in car and motorbike collision on 1st October 2012. The impact of the incident threw Chris up in the air, landing some distance down the road, where he sustained skull, neck and pelvic fractures along with severe leg, arm and hand injuries.

Norfolk based mum of two, Susan Yaxley from Holme Hale, was warned by police she should “prepare for the worst”, after her husband David suffered life-threatening injuries when an HGV collided with the tractor he was driving back on the 9th August 2010. The memory of this has stayed with their daughter Rebekah (who has since had two sons).

It was a cold frosty evening on 25th January 2005, when Mum Diane Allen from Chatteris, was alerted to the fact that her son Ollie had been involved in a motorbike accident and was fighting for his life. Ollie was 17 years old at the time.

Thankfully, all the mothers described above (and many others) met at the Magpas Air Ambulance Operations Base recently to highlight one common outcome; their loved ones were all given a second chance at living and having families of their own, largely thanks to the enhanced critical care they were given at the scene of their incidents by our medical teams. Mum Helen sums things up by saying, “Every time I think of Magpas Air Ambulance, it just brings me to tears - with the thought that without them my son Sam wouldn’t be here. I want to reach out to other mums and say get involved with this organisation. People always think a shocking incident like the one Sam had will never happen to you or anyone in your family. But if it does, you never know when you might need their help! That’s why it’s so important to support them this Christmas…you just don’t know”.

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Whittlesey Manor Bowls Club raise over £2,200!

Whittlesey Manor Bowls Club raise over £2,200!

Whittlesey Manor bowlers have handed over a cheque for £760 to Magpas Air Ambulance the proceeds coming from the Peter Bavister Memorial Charity triples event held towards the end of the season.

It means the club have now raised more than £2,200 for the charity from this tournament over the past three years.

Receiving the cheque on behalf of Magpas Air Ambulance, Steve Holt, the charity’s director of fundraising, said the total raised by the club so far equated to the saving of four lives – it costs around £650 per mission – and that the club should feel very proud of their efforts which were very much appreciated by the charity.

Pictured: Steve Holt (second right), the Magpas Air Ambulance director of fundraising, received a cheque for £760 from Peter Bavister’s widow Margaret who was accompanied by (left to right) his sister Rita Mace, daughter Sue Welsford and son-in-law and club president Martin Welsford.

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Magpas Air Ambulance awarded £1 million from LIBOR fund

Magpas Air Ambulance awarded £1 million from LIBOR fund

Magpas Air Ambulance is delighted with the Chancellor’s announcement, during today’s Autumn Statement, that we will receive £1 million from the LIBOR fund.

Magpas Air Ambulance provides lifesaving care by land and air from our operations base at RAF Wyton, and has done so since 2007.

The LIBOR funding will be put directly towards a new operations base, which we plan to complete by mid-2018, following the notice that we must vacate RAF Wyton in late 2018 or early 2019.

We are proud of our record in saving lives across the East of England and beyond. Magpas Air Ambulance needs to raise around £4.8m to keep our service running 24/7, as ever that funding comes in the form of public donations and subscriptions to our lottery.

Magpas Air Ambulance CEO Daryl Brown went on to say, “We’re thrilled that the government shares our vision for the future at Magpas Air Ambulance, which saves countless lives and is a leader in the training of trauma care doctors and paramedics across the country”.

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