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Magpas Stories and Testimonials

Magpas Helimedix attends the most serious of incidences, attending people with life threatening injuries.
Letters of thanks are regularly received from family and the patients. With their consent a few are documented below:


"In 2010 I was involved in a very serious car accident; Volunteer Doctor VJ Sander came to my aid and provided me with vital roadside critical care, reassurance and expertise. He is a Consultant at one of our local hospitals who volunteers on his days off and spare time to fly with the Magpas Helimedix team to provide such care to anyone in need. Without his prompt actions and those of others, I would not be here today. It takes an amazing, dedicated and selfless person to spend their spare time volunteering their services. After meeting this gentleman to say thank you in person, I really can say what a 'gentle man' he was, very humble and considered this to be ' just his job'. I would like to nominate him for his amazing services and care, without people like him there would be many others not here to 'tell their tale'.

Magpas patient Suzanne Martin kindly nominated Magpas Dr VJ Sanker for the Sunday Telegraph British Volunteer Awards. From 800 entries, VJ got through to the final 60 which is wonderful news! The above statement is what Suzanne emailed to the newspaper about VJ.

"Hi, Many thanks to your incredible charity for coming to my aid at St. Neots Autograss track. Unfortunately I have no memory of the accident, but wish to thank all involved for the care I was given and speedy service that Magpas provided. I have now been discharged from Addenbrooke's and am at home. Without your help, I doubt I would have survived. I suffered from a slight brain injury, a collapsed right lung, broken and cracked ribs, broken right hand and shoulder blade – and both my collar bones were broken. But as I said before, MANY THANKS TO ALL CONCERNED. I am now recuperating".

Received from former patient Don Colquhoun

"Magpas saved my life, it's as simple as that. If you're going to raise money for a charity, please choose Magpas. I still can't get over the fact that this charity doesn't get any government funding and that the majority of the Helimedix volunteer their time for free! It's our duty to fundraise for Magpas"

Received from former Magpas patient, Clive (2012)

"Magpas Helimedix have done so much for me – they gave me my life back! So now I want to give something back to them by volunteering"

Received from Tess, a former patient turned Magpas volunteer

"Thank you for helping us to deliver enhanced medical care to patients in their ultimate time of need. As a supporter, you are a key member of the Magpas team"

Received from Magpas Volunteer Critical Care Paramedic Ryan Warwick (2012)

"If it wasn't for the quick actions and skills of Magpas Helimedix, I would not be here today, end of story"

Received from Magpas former patient, Simon in 2012

"I did an observer shift as a student nurse recently and was lucky enough to work alongside a Magpas Doctor and Paramedic. What a great and dedicated team. Really is a worthy cause and something we should all be raising money for. After-all, we might be in need of their service one day"

Received from Claire Webster (via facebook) after an observer shift with Magpas

"Many thanks for the birthday wishes, feels a bit of a special birthday for me as I shouldn't really be here so thank you Magpas for the gift of LIFE"

Received from Mark Dean (via facebook) following an incident attended by Magpas in March 2011 at Lexton

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank-you for all you did for Gary when the accident happened. Gary was in a bad way and you helped him through it. I cannot describe how much I appreciate what you did. Your skills have allowed our son to grow up knowing his Dad. If there is any way in which I can help you raise awareness of your work I would love to. Thanks again!"

Received from Lisa Hughes followng an incident involving her son attended by Magpas in February 2010

"I wanted just to say my sincere thanks for your kindness and concern on the day of my accident. I was very frightened but you made a dreadful situation bearable. Thank you from all the Potter family. I am so glad there is someone like you to look after people like me in a RTA"

Received Following an Incident attended by Magpas in 2009 at Thorney

"We know your quick actions that day and your decision to go straight to Addenbrookes saved our sons life. We know the care in the first vital hours is the difference between our success and other family's sorrows"

Received Following an Incident attended by Magpas, March 2009

"I owe every second of my life to Dr Silverston and Magpas,' says Lloyd. 'I am aiming to realise my life-long ambition to swim the channel and raise money for Magpas while doing it."

Lloyd Clarke who was saved when he was a baby, by the charity's founder, Dr Neville Silverston.

Success Stories

Debbie Baughan Debbie's story:

I finished school for the day and was walking into town with some friends. A car lost control, and ploughed into me on the pavement. I was thrown into the air and impaled on to metal railings. I remember waking up and seeing a spike sticking out of my leg. Three metal railings had pierced my body.

Luckily for me Magpas Helimedix arrived quickly on the scene and gave me the specialist treatment I needed there and then. I am so grateful for what Magpas has done for me and I would urge everyone to support their lifesaving work.
Matt Stevenson Matt's story:

On 2nd August, 2003 when I was just 19 years old, I kissed my girlfriend goodbye, got on my motorbike and said I'd be back in 10 minutes.

Less than a mile down the road, a car pulled out and didn't see me. My bike smashed into the car at 60mph and I flew 120ft over the top of my bike and landed in the middle of the road.

I don't remember the Magpas team arriving, but I know I wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for the Helimedix speedy lifesaving response. I was literally injured from the very top of my head to the tops of my toes.

I'm now studying for a Masters Degree at Leeds University, my aim in life is to be hugely successful and not let this terrible accident define me. One day I hope to give something back to Magpas as they gave me back my life.
Mark Clingo Mark Clingo was badly injured in a motorbike accident, returns to thank the Team that saved his life.
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