Community Unity at its finest

Just over a week ago Magpas Air Ambulance were in serious need of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), as we had less than a month’s worth left. Following a plea for donations of this vital equipment, we have been humbled by the incredible generosity and resourcefulness of our supporters across the region.

As a charity, our priority is to ensure the safety of our patients, our crew, our staff and volunteers whilst maintaining our emergency medical services for the communities we serve. We are a lifesaving organisation; continuing to respond to patients is as important now as it has ever been – primarily serving the communities of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (but our call outs also cover over 12 counties in and around the East of England).

Not only have local businesses been incredible at getting in touch with us and offering equipment free of charge, but individuals have also taken it upon themselves to call upon relevant companies in their area and collect/deliver these crucial items to our Operations Base too.

In addition, one extraordinary couple from Cambourne have taken things to the next level. Sam and Steve felt so determined to make a difference, they utilised Steve’s 40th birthday present of a 3-D printer (previously only used to make Star Wars toy guns and storm trooper masks) and set to work in their garage at home; printing and producing much needed PPE visors. Following some incredible fundraising support and generosity of those around them, Steve and Sam have since set up their own production line. After the printing process, Sam puts the visors together (including an elastic fitting), she then disinfects and packages everything up – with their eldest daughter helping out by making Mum a cup of tea along the way!

To date, an impressive £2,445.00 has been raised on Steve and Sam’s GoFundMe page (for visor making materials) thanks to the generosity of local individuals – most whom they’ve never met before – and Sam and Steve have already made 200 visors for our Magpas medical team! They say, “This highlights how much of a connection you can make with the people around you, despite us all being socially isolated and shows how our social presence can extend beyond the house…essentially, this is our way of giving back and our way of coping.”

Thanks to the phenomenal community support, Magpas Air Ambulance have been fortunate enough to receive more than 700 masks, suits and respirators within 10 days, as well as filters for reusable masks and 50 bottles of alcohol sanitiser!

The last 10 days or so have highlighted how amazing the local communities that we serve have been and continue to be; this whole experience epitomises true community unity! This support means so much to us and will help keep our patients and advanced doctor and critical care paramedic teams safe, in these challenging times.

As a charity, our lifesaving organisation is solely reliant on donations to continue to operate 24/7. However, many of our fundraising activities have had to stop and we estimate that our income over the coming months will be £200,000 lower than previously expected; an amount which would normally allow us to respond to over 60 patients.

We have always been fortunate to receive fantastic support from the public; this is what keeps us going. But we need you now more than ever. Today we ask; if you are able to make a financial donation, please do so here. Thank you.

Big thanks to Tina & Guy (Adapt EMS, Hitchin), Dave (Good Hope Farm, Haddenham), Lorraine, Richard, Daniel (DRA FABB), Megan, Lee (Electrical Contractors Ltd.), Andrew (Travis Perkins, Huntingdon), Matt, David and Kerrie (Travis Perkins, Cottenham)! Special shout out to John (Thames Laboratories, Fenstanton) and Steve in Cambourne for going above and beyond.

This is a difficult time for everyone. Our usual fundraising activity has stopped, but the Magpas medical team continue to work on the frontline, 24/7. As a charity, we need you now more than ever.

We’ve created a virtual donation bucket so the communities we serve can still help to keep us flying. If everyone gives a little and shares a lot, with you, we can continue to save lives. Thank you.

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