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Work experience students tell us why they loved being at Magpas!

Work experience students tell us why they loved being at Magpas!

Recently, we were delighted to welcome two work experience students from the St Ivo School in St Ives and one from Swavesey Village College into the fundraising department for two weeks.

Our three students, Lucy, Lily and Lucy, were all fantastic and got stuck in with a number of varied tasks and although they were primarily assisting within the fundraising department, they also helped elsewhere around the charity.

These tasks including helping update and maintain our database, creating thank you letters and posters for our supporters and many more besides. They helped out at a fundraising event, and also helped out with a stock take at our Air Ambulance base and even helped the weekly task of cleaning the helicopter!

We asked for the three girls to write a paragraph explaining their experiences with us:

“Hello my name is Lucy, I am in year 10 at St Ivo school, I study Art, Computing, History, Resistant Materials and also the core subjects. I have a big interest in Art and in the future I would like to link my art into my job, doing work experience at Magpas was a great choice, the staff here are very welcoming, the building feels like a home and the place has a very enthusiastic atmosphere. At Magpas I was assigned various jobs including, inputting information into the Database, sorting the medical equipment and labelling it at the base and also helping the staff in the office with various jobs like sorting, paperwork, helping with various office jobs to keep the charity running. Magpas wasn’t just all the continuous amount of jobs it had its enjoyable parts as well, seeing the team getting ready for a call out at the base, doing small interesting jobs for the staff here. Another reason why I chose to do Magpas for my work experience was because I saw there was going to be work in a shop situation and selling products for a business which I am interested in doing in the future.”

“My name is Lily Steward-Brown and I go to St Ivo School and I’m currently in Year 10. I am doing Art, Geography, Film and Media Studies and French for my GCSE’s and I hope to take Law, Art and Chemistry in Sixth Form. I chose Magpas Air Ambulance for my work experience because my auntie is Head of Operations and I have grown up attending events with Magpas. I have enjoyed my time at Magpas and it has helped me learn a lot about the charity and who it takes to run it, I was amazed at all the hard work put in and skills everyone has.

The types of jobs we did were very varied and we didn’t do the same thing every day. At the base in Wyton, we did stock checks for all the necessary equipment for the Doctors and Paramedics. At Headquarters in Huntingdon, we helped do a lot of jobs that were very important to the fundraising department. We helped run totals and counting the collection tins of events that we went to, which we then filled out a donation form for.

I have really enjoyed my time at Magpas and I hope to volunteer in the future. I have learnt a lot about the charity and the roles and people it takes to keep it up and running, I have also learnt about what kind of job I would like in the future.”

“My name is Lucy Slade and I am in year 10 at Swavesey Village College. I take GCSE sport, spanish, history and geography and I would love to take psychology and sociology in college. I have really enjoyed my work experience placement with Magpas Air Ambulance because it has helped me get a clearer idea of what I would like to do when I am older. I felt like I was doing something beneficial for the charity as there are many different jobs that need to be done that I was able to help with. For example, at the Wyton base we did stock checks for the medical equipment and filled in order forms for any required equipment, I also updated the necessary information on their database. At the HQ in Huntingdon we helped organise the charity stall, as well as counting money from collection tins from events that we have attended. The things I have enjoyed most about work experience is going to events and collecting donations and being able to watch the doctors and paramedics during their training or even going off to accidents. I didn’t realise how many different and important roles there were within the charity and doing work experience at Magas has helped me realise how people can help in such a variety of ways”

All three girls were a create to their schools and did a wonderful job whilst with us on their work experience, so a huge thank you to Lucy P, Lily and Lucy S for all their hard work.

We are always on the lookout for work experience helpers to come in and learn from and assist in the Fundraising Department. If this may be of interest to you please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

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A busy month of fundraising!

A busy month of fundraising!

We have had many, many exciting and varied fundraising events and supporter engagement over the last few weeks.

Gibbs Denley Insurances Services are celebrating their 25th anniversary and chose Magpas as their charity of the year. To celebrate these two things, they put on a sponsored static cycle ride to cover the distance between there three offices in Swavesey, Bury St Edmunds and Chelmsford – some 80 miles. The 80 miles also covered the distance of previous Magpas incidents, so ever mile they cycled was the route that our emergency team had done. This was a great motivational tool and a way to learn about some of our former patients’ and the varied incidents that our team undertake.
Gibbs Denley have raised nearly £600 and their Just Giving page is still open: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cycle-for-magpas

We went to visit the children at the Sunflower seed pre-school near Peterborough to tell them all about Magpas Air Ambulance and to show them some of our equipment and support car. The school are longtime supporters of Magpas, and even have their own dedication wall full of lovely pictures and drawings of our helicopter. The children asked lots of questions and engaged in learning all about our lifesaving service

Over at Sibson Airfield lots of Magpas supporters jumped out of a plane and skydived all in aid of Magpas!
A whole host of brave (foolhardy?) Magpas supporters skydived in slightly windy, but sunny conditions. Our incredible jumpers were Jenny Luckett, raising £175, Alex Davenport raising £690, Dave Moore raising £3,640 and Lauren Payne raising £350. Our other jumper was Dudley who completed his jump on his Golden Wedding Anniversary! Dudley was inspired to jump after hearing a talk at his local Rotary club by Magpas and signed up immediately after!

We welcomed new supporters from The Animal Experience team to the base who are proud supporters of Magpas Air Ambulance. Thanks for coming Hazel, Kayleigh, Lee and little Charlie.

Finally, the staff at Waitrose Cambridge cycled 335 miles over 23 hours from Cambridge to Paris, on one static bike. The team took over the foyer, created t-shirts and posters, as well as making cupcakes and along with generous donations from the public, raised an incredible £1,613.95.

We would like to thank all our fantastic fundraisers and supporters for the varied, diverse, and inspirational fundraising that they have done for Magpas Air Ambulance.

 

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Serial quizzers go Orange for Magpas

Serial quizzers go Orange for Magpas

As part of our annual Orange Day, Pat, Clifford and Maureen ran an orange themed quiz night all in aid of Magpas Air Ambulance.

The serial quizzers, from Somersham, who have organised an Orange Day quiz for us for the past three years really go all out on their quizzes; theming the questions and prizes around all things orange. This year’s consolation prize was an orange button – so next year the people in last place can keep their fingers on the button!!

They also make it mandatory for all participants to wear some orange whilst quizzing; if people turn up without any orange items they ae made to wear orange ribbon, (and orange underwear doesn’t count…)

We have attached the quiz for you to have a go at (get in touch for the answers!)

This year Pat, Clifford and Maureen’s quiz raised a fantastic £210, all in aid of Magpas Air Ambulance and our lifesaving care by land, by air that we provide, 24/7.

 

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Proud to share a history of continued support

Proud to share a history of continued support

PHOTO CAPTION: Philip James, Chairman of Coulsons and immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Cambridge, presenting a cheque to Dr Neville Silverston MBE, alongside Antonia Brickell Head of Communications at Magpas Air Ambulance - at The Rotary Club of Cambridge’s lunch held at The Gonville Hotel in Cambridge

This week marked a poignant moment in the ongoing relationship between The Rotary Club of Cambridge and Magpas Air Ambulance; as Philip James, Chairman of Coulsons and immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Cambridge, proudly presented a cheque to his chosen charity of the year.

It was also the first time Philip had met the founder of Magpas, Dr Neville Silverston MBE, after Philip was initially introduced to the charity many years ago. Philip explained, “I came across Magpas in the 1980’s, when I was involved in organising amateur motorsport events and we needed doctors on site in case of any accidents. At the time, some of the Magpas doctors covered for us”. Philip went on to say, “It’s been fascinating meeting Neville today, hearing more about the history of such an important organisation and how it’s evolved over the years”.

After giving a inspiring talk about how and why Magpas was created, Magpas Founder Dr Silverston MBE (who also happens to be an honorary member of The Rotary Club of Sawston), added, “It’s been a great afternoon and I’d very much like to thank Philip and the members of The Rotary Club of Cambridge for raising funds for Magpas Air Ambulance. It’s wonderful to hear how the charity continues to be given such fantastic support - and in Cambridge too - one of the prime locations for when Magpas first started to roll out its vital service”.

Antonia Brickell, Head of Communications at Magpas Air Ambulance, summed the afternoon’s event up by saying, “We’d like to thank everyone here for their valued support. As ever, it’s been extremely moving to hear Neville speak about the unique heritage of Magpas Air Ambulance. The charity has evolved hugely over the years; using our expertise to promote excellence in the provision, delivery and development of the pre-hospital emergency medical care across Cambridge, the East of England and beyond. However, our values today remain the same as we continue to be caring, pioneering and dedicated to patients’ needs - bringing lifesaving care by land and air to people in serious medical emergencies”.

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Are you looking for work experience in communications? Apply for our paid summer internship!

The deadline for applications has now passed. 

Are you a university student or recent graduate looking for an internship in communications?

We are looking for a talented, personable and creative individual, with strong writing skills and a keen interest in communications. You will offer valuable support to the small communications team at the charity. Whilst having a confident, friendly and empathetic manner, you will need to be highly organised and able to work across projects. Duties will include:

  • Researching, writing and distributing press releases to targeted media
  • Developing, updating and writing content for the website and social media
  • Assisting in press opportunities
  • Gathering information and producing copy for patient stories
  • Supporting with the production of marketing materials

Our regular hours are from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday but we are flexible on working hours to accommodate your needs.

You will need:

  • Excellent writing ability, strong knowledge of grammar and punctuation
  • Attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Plain English and/or the ability to write for different audiences would be advantageous
  • Previous knowledge or experience of managing non-personal social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube would be advantageous

This is a paid position offering the National Minimum Wage. 

The position is based at our headquarters in Huntingdon, with free parking on site. We are a 1 minute walk from Huntingdon bus station, and an 8 minute walk from Huntingdon train station.

To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. outlining your suitability and why you are applying for the position. The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on Monday 13th June.

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