We are immensely grateful for all our corporate partnerships, we have hundreds of incredible supporters from the East of England and beyond.
Let's introduce you to some of our key sponsors: the following individuals and organisations have gone above and beyond the call of duty, over several years, for Magpas (just click on the buttons below to find out more):
Elms BMW Cambridge - Magpas Air Ambulance official car sponsors
by calling 01954 770254 and quoting MAGPAS1
The MAGPAS Air Ambulance team provide specialist fast response to medical emergencies, which is why they drive products from the BMW range. Elms Cambridge BMW, who have sponsored MAGPAS since 2011, have supplied us with two vehicles to suit the all-round needs of the rapid response team. The BMW X1 xDrive25d is equipped with a 2 Litre, 4 Cylinder Diesel Engine which produces 218hp. The 0-60 time for this vehicle is just below 7 seconds, and it features xDrive Technology. xDrive is a fully variable four wheel drive system which can shift its power from the front to the rear in a 10th of a second. This makes it an ideal vehicle for the Magpas Team.
Elms Cambridge have also provided us with a BMW 530d Touring. The sheer power of this vehicle is truly spectacular and it is crucial in helping Magpas in life saving situations, 24/7. The 530d has an impressive 245hp and 540Nm of torque. The top speed of this car has to be limited to 155mph but can still achieve an impressive 45mpg (combined). Features such as Cruise Control, Spring Foldable Rear Seats and Electronic Parcel Shelf all come as standard and the vehicle has the optional Professional Multimedia system. This is an 8.8 inch screen which we can used for navigation and media purposes. The BMW 530d Touring also comes with BMW ConnectedDrive which connects the car to the outside world. We have a range of services such as a Concierge Services (to send detailed points of interest to the vehicle), Teleservices that will notify the user via email or text of the cars current state of health and SOS Emergency Call which is a safer way to contact the emergency services whilst in the vehicle. Both of these vehicles are designed for different uses but they both play a crucial part in saving lives every day. Justin Reason, Head of Business at Elms Cambridge, explains: "Elms BMW Cambridge are incredibly proud to continue to support Magpas, and the invaluable work their teams carry out in the local community."
RMIS Group - Magpas website & Magpas VIP sponsors
Managing Director Bob Garbett explains, "As a retired Army Major, I have seen heroism and I have seen men put their lives on the line for others but rarely have I seen such heroism, as exists in the Magpas team, outside the military environment. They deserve medals and, if I can help in any small way, I am proud to do so". http://www.rmisgroup.co.uk/
BrightVisions Ltd - Magpas IT Support sponsors
Phil adds, "It was very clear early on in our conversation that Magpas carry out some extraordinary work in the community and we are very pleased to support them".http://www.brightvisions.co.uk/
Digital Photography by Rob Holding – Magpas official photographer
Andy K Wilkinson - Shooting Image Ltd Magpas Videography sponsor
THE ONE GROUP - Annual Golf day sponsors for the eighth year in a row!
These Cambridgeshire based recruitment specialists have raised over £50,000 for Magpas, since they hosted their first annual corporate golf day for us!
Managing Director Tristan Drane says, "It's an honour to support a charity which makes a difference to so many people by delivering vital, lifesaving, medical expertise where it's needed".
Tutch Creative & Online Media
Kershaw Group Ltd
So far, they have raised over £16,687 for Magpas!
Peggy Burch of Kershaw's said, "It's reassuring to know that Magpas is out there should you, a friend, family member or colleague ever find themselves in a critical incident situation". http://www.kershaw-grp.co.uk
The Cambridge Building Society
Magpas design Sponsors
The Hoseasons Group Ltd
To date, they've held a Summer Family Day and Hoseasons staff member Sarah Marsh and some of her colleagues took part in the Spartan Race. Sarah also swam in the sea on Christmas Day for Magpas and she's just completed a second half marathon for Magpas! http://www.hoseasons.co.uk/
Thomas Morris Estate Agents
Alfa Tail Lifts Ltd, Orwell Truck & Van, Full Circle Enterprises Ltd.
PHOTO CAPTION (left to right):
The official Magpas ambulance handover courtesy of those who made it happen:
Back row: Group Van Sales Manager James Russell from Orwell Truck & Van (Ipswich, Norwich, Newmarket and Colchester), Phil Gibbs from Alfa Tail Lifts Ltd in Sawston, Contracts Director Ryan Cory from Orwell Truck & Van, Director Karen Simonds from Full Circle Enterprises Ltd in Banham in Norfolk, Magpas Chief Pilot Richard Eastwood, General Manager Peter Cook from Full Circle Enterprises Ltd.
Front row: Magpas Paramedic Dan Read, Magpas Doctor Ali Hieatt and Magpas Doctor Rupert Hurry
Phil Gibbs, MD at Alfa Tail Lifts Ltd, has worked with Air Ambulance charity Magpas over the years, fixing the organisation's training ambulance on many occasions. After an abundance of tail lift repair requests, Phil decided the lifesaving charity could definitely do with a replacement ambulance - and so he set to work!
Phil bought an old ambulance with lots of potential. He then gathered his contacts from around the Eastern Region and asked them to step in and help him give the vehicle a full face-lift, both inside and out. First port of call was Mercedes Orwell Truck & Van (based in Ipswich, Norwich, Newmarket and Colchester) for the maintenance and servicing of the ambulance. Contracts Director Ryan Cory from Orwell Truck & Van explained, "We went over the vehicle with a fine tooth comb and put hours and hours of work into making it 100% roadworthy". Ryan then went on to say, "We are proud to be associated with the emergency services, supplying the East of England Ambulance Service Trust with a lot of their ambulances and so we were delighted to get involved and help out Magpas - their partner and very worthwhile cause".
Next stop for Phil was the livery and paintwork for the ambulance. Who better to ask to assist than David Simonds, MD of Full Circle Enterprises Ltd in Banham in Norfolk, who immediately agreed that he and his team would like to play a valuable role. Full Circle Enterprises spent around £2,500 worth of man hours and paint on these emergency four wheels, leaving it looking as good as new! Director Karen Simonds said, "We have great relationships with other emergency services and so it seemed the obvious thing to do. Magpas does a marvellous job. Thanks to the specialist skills of their paramedics and doctors, an awful lot of people survive horrendous situations who otherwise wouldn't".
Project leader Phil and his fellow counterparts collectively spent around £40,000 on the Magpas ambulance makeover - and proudly visited the Magpas Operations Base recently to officially hand over the impressive looking and sounding (engine wise) vehicle. Phil summed up why Alfa Tail Lifts chose to support Magpas, "The level of training Magpas provides these already experienced senior doctors and paramedics really stands out. They are trained to administer lifesaving anaesthetics in some small spaces and so having a decent ambulance to work in is crucial for the organisation. Giving them a revamped version just seemed like the natural thing to do".
Magpas are extremely grateful to Alfa Tail Lifts, Orwell Truck & Van and Full Circle Enterprises Ltd for the "excellent team work, absolute dedication and hard work involved in renovating this ambulance", Antonia Brickell Head of Communications at the Charity said. "They all just got on and did it - and then contacted us to say the ambulance is ready! This will help us no end, as we continue to bring lifesaving care by land and air to patients in life-threatening emergencies, in the East of England and beyond. Thank you".
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