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Step onto the Unclaimed Luggage Carousel!

Step onto the Unclaimed Luggage Carousel!

PHOTO CAPTION (left to right): Magpas Paramedic Simon Standen, Stansted Airport Baggage Lead Agent Sarah Webb, Stansted Airport Baggage Lead Agent Scott Hyam, Magpas Doctor Zoe Smeed, Magpas former patient Wendy Mason and Miramar Engineering Director Greg Pelling at the Magpas Operations Base, as we all get ready for the Magpas Unclaimed Luggage event

If you're naturally a bit of a nosy neighbour, then I'm sure you'll be intrigued to learn that Magpas Air Ambulance will be holding our first Unclaimed Luggage Sale on Saturday 24th October - your chance to take part in a luggage pick and mix and find out what's inside some of the suitcases left behind by travellers at Stansted airport - at a bargain price!

Thanks to Stansted Airport, Magpas have been given a collection of different shapes and sizes of travel holders that have been left behind by their previous owners. (Stansted have a policy of waiting for a set time and if no one returns to pick up their bags, the airport donates them to Unclaimed Baggage events like the one Magpas is hosting).

Stansted Airport Baggage Lead Agents, Sarah Webb and Scott Hyam (as in the photos above), explained why they chose to support Magpas, "Magpas is a charity that's there for everyone and anyone who needs them, so we wanted to raise money for them. Visiting the Magpas Operations Base just highlighted the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make this lifesaving service happen!"

In the lead up to the sale in October, Miramar Engineering have kindly offered to store all the luggage for Magpas, as well as to pick up the unwanted suitcases from Stansted along the way! Miramar Engineering Director Greg Pelling talked about why he decided to do this for Magpas, "It's our way of giving something back and it's more of a hands on approach than writing a cheque. We also thought it was great use of the company's facilities and resources". Greg went on to say, "Miramar spend so much time on the roads, it's brilliant to know Magpas are there if we ever need them".

Magpas former patient and volunteer fundraiser, Wendy Mason, has also put a huge amount of time and effort into helping to make this event happen. Wendy said, "Magpas saved my life, it's as simple that. I encourage everyone to come along on the 24th October to do their bit and help support them. I'm hoping this will be the first of many unclaimed baggage events for Magpas".

The Magpas Unclaimed Luggage event is happening between 10am - 3pm on 24th October at the Magpas Fundraising HQ, St Mary's Street in Huntingdon. You can just turn up and take part! You can pick up a bag to feel its weight but you can't open any of the bags...then you decide which suitcase grabs your attention and buy it! And whilst you're there, you're always welcome to have a look round the Magpas Charity Shop.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Support Magpas for National Air Ambulance Week 2015!

Support Magpas for National Air Ambulance Week 2015!

Did you know that 21st – 27th September is National Air Ambulance Week?!

You can support your Air Ambulance!

Make a donation to Magpas and help us bring lifesaving care by land and air to the East of England and beyond. Here’s a link to the Magpas NAAW JustGiving page: http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/magpas/supportmagpasfornaaw2015

It’s up to you what you do to help us save lives. Why not shoot a video of you saying "I support my local air ambulance, do you?" and nominate others to do the same! Or why not Make it Orange and dress up in Magpas colours? Post your orange videos or pictures on our Facebook and Twitter pages and use the #NAAW2015 – we’d love to hear from you!

 

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And they’re off; Newmarket trainers take to the commentary position for Magpas!

And they’re off; Newmarket trainers take to the commentary position for Magpas!

On Saturday, 19th September, the first day of the inaugural Betfair Newmarket Open Weekend, racegoers will be treated to exclusive on course commentary for all seven races. A handful of Newmarket based trainers have agreed to commit to learning the art of commentating all in aid of the beneficiaries of the Open Weekend; Magpas - The Emergency Medical Charity, The National Horseracing Museum and Racing Welfare.

Raising funds for Magpas will be Sir Michael Stoute, one of the trainers for Her Majesty The Queen, is set to be ahead of the field having previously spent three years commentating in his home country, Barbados. Joining Sir Michael will be recent Classic winning trainer Hugo Palmer.

Hugo Palmer, resident trainer at Kremlin Cottage Stables and trainee commentator, said;

"I am delighted to see that the Open Day has evolved into the Betfair Newmarket Open Weekend. The weekend is a wonderful opportunity for Newmarket, the Home of Horseracing, to showcase the fantastic facilities that are available here.

"I have never commentated on live racing before but I'm sure we will see some healthy rivalry on the day and I am looking forward to the challenge."

These trainers may be masters of the turf but do know that calling a race will be by no means an easy task. Each trainer will undergo rigorous training and will receive some of the very best advice on offer from industry professionals in a bid to try and ensure a flawless commentating performance for their allocated race.

Just giving pages for the Newmarket trainers who will be commentating, to help raise funds for Magpas are;

Hugo Palmer: www.justgiving.com/Hugo-Palmer/

Sir Michael Stoute: www.justgiving.com/Sir-Michael-Stoute/

Tickets are still available for both days with kids under 18 going FREE on the Saturday and under 13s going FREE on the Sunday. For more information regarding all the activities taking place on Saturday, 19th and Sunday, 20th September please visit www.newmarketopenweekend.co.uk.

The inaugural Betfair Newmarket Open Weekend is a fantastic opportunity to visit the town of Newmarket and go behind the scenes at Horse Racing's HQ. During the Open Weekend visitors will get the chance to see some of the world's best racehorses at Warren Hill Gallops, tour a number of Newmarket's finest equine sites and visit the yards' of leading Newmarket trainers.

Children under 13 years of age can visit the Open Weekend for free. For more information, a full schedule and to purchase tickets for the Open Weekend please visit our website www.newmarketopenweekend.co.uk.

NOW Food & Drink Festival

This year the Betfair Newmarket Open Weekend will incorporate the very first Food & Drink Festival. The Food Festival will be located right at the heart of the action at the Rowley Mile racecourse for both days of the Open Weekend. The course will play host to over 30 bespoke stalls, accessible from all enclosures, including La Hogue Farm Shop, Ely Fudge Company, Steak and Honour, Saffron Ice Cream and many more. The NOW Food & Drink Festival will also include it's very own Sausage Competition on Sunday afternoon, where local producers will showcase their produce.

For a full list of exhibitors confirmed for the NOW Food & Drink Festival, please visit the Newmarket Open Weekend website http://www.newmarketopenweekend.co.uk/more-information/food-festival/.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Join our CPR-athon on 12th September 2015!

Join our CPR-athon on 12th September 2015!

Join our CPR-athon on 12th September 2015!

Cardiac arrests can happen anytime, anywhere. But you can help to make a lifesaving difference.

Join your local CPR-athon at one of the following venues between 11am and 3pm, and YOU can learn how to save a life:

 

Bedfordshire

Bedford – The Interchange Park (Kempston)

Luton – The Mall

Cambridgeshire

Cambridge – The Guildhall

Peterborough – Queensgate Shopping Centre

Essex

Chelmsford – Anglia Ruskin University

Southend – The Royals Shopping Centre

Hertfordshire

Stevenage – Stevenage Leisure Park

Norfolk

Downham Market – Town Square

Norwich – The Forum

Suffolk

Bury St Edmunds – Arc Shopping Centre

Ipswich – Ipswich Town Hall Forecourt

Magpas are working in partnership with East Anglian Air Ambulance, the EAST of England Ambulance Service Trust, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, NARS Norfolk Accident Rescue Service and SARS Suffolk Accident Rescue Service - to bring you this extremely important event.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thank you.

 

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Enter the Magpas Colouring Competition and win a VIP tour of the Helimedix base!

Enter the Magpas Colouring Competition and win a VIP tour of the Helimedix base!

If you're looking for something to do with the kids this Friday (31st July), then get involved in the Magpas Colouring Competition! 

Taking place at our Head Office in Huntingdon between 10am and 4pm. All you need to do is pay 50p entry and then get colouring! 

All pictures will be judged by our Helimedix team, with the winners to be announced on Monday 3rd August (the VIP tour will take place on Tuesday 11th August at 10am).

There will also be a stall selling cakes and all things garden related on Friday, so don't miss out!

Prizes:

Ages 5 and under – VIP visit to our Helimedix base, goody bag and a £5 charity shop voucher

Ages 6 to 9 – VIP visit to our Helimedix base, goody bag and a £5 charity shop voucher

Ages 10 and over - VIP visit to our Helimedix base, goody bag and a £5 charity shop voucher

 

For more information please call 01480 371060 (Option 2).

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Get ready for BRoW for Magpas Helimedix!

Get ready for BRoW for Magpas Helimedix!

Would you like to bike, run, or walk for charity? Then BRoW is the fundraising event for you! 

This fantastic, fitness orientated fundraiser has been organised by Magpas volunteer Anna Dutton and will be the first event of its kind.

Date: Saturday 25th July, 9am - 5.30pm    Location: Nene Park Trust - Ferry Meadows, Orton Waterville, Peterborough PE2 5UU.

It's up to you as to what you do; whether you Bike, Run or Walk your way round Ferry Meadows, you'll be helping Magpas Helimedix continue to bring A&E care, by land and by air, to patients in life threatening emergencies.

What a great way to spend a long summer's day!

For further details including times and how to register for your place, please see the following Facebook link: http://goo.gl/6EFIzc and for registration, please log onto: http://goo.gl/GJDSqj

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Support Magpas & buy your ticket to the CamCab Charity Dinner - in aid of our lifesaving cause!

Support Magpas & buy your ticket to the CamCab Charity Dinner - in aid of our lifesaving cause!

CamCab celebrate 10 year success whilst supporting lifesavers

CamCab are celebrating a decade of achievements by kindly holding a dinner and charity auction in support of Magpas. 

This event will be taking place at The Guildhall in Cambridge on Thursday 17th September 2015. Auction items are still being donated and include winning one of the following BMWs for the weekend:

• 435d Convertible – under £500
• M4 Convertible - £500 - £750
• BMW I 8 - £750 upwards

You could also bid on the night for holidays in London, Budapest and Cornwall, as well as a sumptuous hamper, gym membership, wine and hairdressing vouchers...amongst many other enticing lots!

To buy your ticket, please click on: www.camcabcharitydinner.org.uk 

In just ten years, local company CamCab has become one of the top 30 most profitable taxi companies in the country, recently signing a deal to become part of the national network of Addison Lee, one of London's largest private hire companies. CamCab's high growth is no accident: it has been achieved by a combination of close attention to detail, high-quality training and using the latest technology to provide the very best and safest customer experience. The company takes its environmental responsibilities seriously too, running only low-emission vehicles and using recycled water in the Green Clean car wash.

Whilst growing a successful business is important to him, founder and managing director Rowhi Nemer also places great importance on giving back to the community. Magpas, which brings specialist A&E care by land and air to patients in life threatening emergencies in the Eastern region and beyond, is one of a number of local causes that have benefitted from CamCab's generosity.

Rowhi was so impressed with the vital service Magpas delivers, he set up a complimentary CamCab taxi account for the Magpas Helimedix team to use when they find themselves stranded at Addenbrooke's Hospital, needing to get back to base after treating patients.

Tickets for the dinner are priced at £60 each and can be purchased at www.camcabcharitydinner.org.uk where you can also see the full list of items to be auctioned.

If you would like to donate an item to the auction please contact the organisers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you.

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Charity Clay Shoot for Magpas!

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Do you want to get involved in a charity clay shoot in your area? Then you can take part in the clay shoot fundraiser for Magpas! 

 

Date:

Sunday 27th September

Location:

Sporting Targets,

Knotting Lane,

Bedford,

MK44 1BX

Contact:

To sign up, and for more information, please call Chris Harding on 07528 445996.

Additional information:

Applications close on 1st September.

£75 per gun (includes the cartridges, limitless tea & coffee, bacon roll, and a buffet meal for lunch). 

Cheques made payable to: Chris Harding, 8 Muriel Close, Papworth Everard, Cambridgeshire, CB23 3UJ.

 

9am Guests arrive, limitless tea and coffee will be served

9.30am Bacon rolls

10am Shooting commences with a 3 man 40 sporting competition (instructors will be on each stand for guidance)

12pm 3 man 30 target flush. Combined scores will count towards the final score

1pm Back to the shooting lodge where a buffet will be served along with tea and coffee. The bar will now be open. Trophies will be awarded. Depart at your leisure.

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Open Garden Weekend

Open Garden Weekend

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Why not march for Magpas?

Why not march for Magpas?

The 17th Annual Pathfinder March will be on Saturday 20th June. Why not take part for Magpas Helimedix and get your friends and family to sponsor you. It’ll also be a wonderful opportunity to meet members of the armed forces who are based around the county.

Each year the Pathfinder March takes place in memory of the RAF’s elite WW2 Pathfinder Force, by creating a gruelling 46 mile march around Cambridgeshire.

The march starts at RAF Wyton and loops around the four main airbases of the Pathfinder Force: RAF Graveley, RAF Oakington, RAF Warboys, and ending up again at RAF Wyton.

If the 46 mile march seems too much, you can always take part as a relay team.

To enter in the march, please visit www.pathfindermarch.co.uk, or contact Mr Garton at RAF Wyton on 01480 52451 Ext 4495.  Cost of entry is £18 per person, which will include a commemorative Pathfinder March t-shirt (performance quality), a medal for completing the March, and a certificate for participation. 

Please contact the Magpas Fundraising Team for your sponsorship form, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01480 371060 (Option 2), and help us to save lives as you walk.

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Is your business top of the class?

Is your business top of the class?

The St Albans Chamber of Commerce and Platinum Point networking group are holding a business quiz on Thursday 25th June, with all funds raised going to Magpas Helimedix.

Gather your colleagues and head to St Albans to see how brainy your business is!

The quiz will be held at St Albans School, starting at 6pm. Book a team of 6 for £130 (dinner included).

Visit the website for more information and to book your tickets: http://www.stalbans-chamber.co.uk/events

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For all you BBQ food fanatics…

For all you BBQ food fanatics…

Get down to the SmokeWorks in Cambridge and you can help raise money for Magpas Helimedix!

This American- style BBQ restaurant in Cambridge is very kindly donating 25p to Magpas from every sale of their mega sharing platter ‘the works’!

Just to give you a taster, ‘the works’ meal includes a rack of bbq pork spare ribs, a mixed meat bun, chicken wings, house spiced sausage, meaty bbq beans, house pickles & fries!

Why not grab a few friends and check it out for yourselves.

Visit their website: http://www.smokeworks.co.uk/

 

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Why not become a sponsor at The One Group’s 8th Annual Golf Day in July?

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Dedicated Magpas supporters, The One Group, are getting ready for their next Lifesavers Golf Day and they're asking for you to be part of it!

This year's event is happening on 3rd July 2015 at John O'Gaunt Golf Club. The One Group are planning a great day with exclusive use of the course for around 90 people, individual & team competitions as well as a BBQ!

These recruitment specialists are passionate about raising money for Magpas and so far have raised almost £40,000 for us! However, The One Group team say the success of these golf days over previous years, wouldn't have been possible without the generosity of the event sponsors and players in the East of England.

To help raise money for Magpas: why not sponsor the event, or promote your business and guarantee your place on the day. Please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information - and help us to continue to bring A&E care by land and by air to patients in life threatening situations. Thank you.

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St Ives Festival of Motorcycles

St Ives Festival of Motorcycles

The second consecutive St Ives Festival of Motorcycles will take place on Sunday 28th June 2015 on Market Hill in St Ives Town Centre.

Like last year, the money raised will be donated to Magpas and the Royal British Legion.

There will be loads to do at the event, so save the date and come along for a great day out!

Visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stivfom

Keep an eye on our website for more information. 

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Ashley Martin Memorial Rideout

Ashley Martin Memorial Rideout

Ashley Martin Memorial Rideout

The 7th annual Ashley Martin Memorial Rideout will take place on Sunday 10th May 2015. A motorcycling event in memory of Ashley Martin. All funds raised will go to Magpas. 

The memorial ride will meet at 9am at the Cambridge Research Park in Waterbeach (just off the A10), and will depart for Hunstanton at 10:30am. 

There will be a burger bar at the Research Park, as well as kitchen facilities for teas and coffees.

All bikers welcome- come along and help raise money!

More information can be found on the website:  http://www.ashleymartinmemorialrideout.co.uk/ashleymartin.html 

Take a look at the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Ashleymartinmemorialrideout

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Charity football match to raise funds for Magpas

Charity football match to raise funds for Magpas

Charity football match to raise funds for Magpas

Warboys Town FC will be holding a charity football match to raise money for Magpas. The match will kick off at the football club at 3pm on Sunday 5th April, and will be against the Warboys Sports and Social Club.

There will be lots going on at the football match, with a bouncy castle and buffet-style food, and also the opportunity to enter a raffle prize draw. Admission is free but spectators are encouraged to bring a prize for the raffle.

Come along and help raise funds for Magpas!

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The sky's the limit with the Magpas lifesavers!

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The sky's the limit with the Magpas lifesavers!

Thank you for taking an interest in our Magpas Skydive 2015 - it will be great to have you on the team! Please see all the information you will need to sign up as below.

As long as the fundraising team know who’s taking part, we can then put a list of names together and create a grand total once the skydive is completed. Please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In one year alone a fantastic £9,151 was raised! Let’s see if we can beat that target this year…

Date:

Sunday 12th July 2015

Magpas Skydive location:

UK Parachuting (Sibson), Sibson Airfield, Wansford, Peterborough, Cambs, PE8 6NE

Our contact at UK Parachuting(Sibson):

Paul Dorward or Grant Richards

Call 01832 280490 or visit www.skydivesibson.co.uk

01832 280490

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http://www.skydivesibson.co.uk/charity

UK Parachuting Limited Company Registered in England 6297867 VAT No 926 9610 00

Registering for your skydive:

You will need to register online with UK Parachuting at Sibson, near Peterborough (where the jump will take place).

When you log onto the website, you will see the Magpas logo at the top of the page - you just need to click on the logo / choose the charity you’re doing the jump for. You can also opt for an ideal time slot for your skydive when you register your details. Please see the link below:

http://skydivesibson.co.uk/charity_event/magpas

Or you can alternatively phone: 01832 280490 to register your name, stating you are part of the Magpas group, with your preferred date.

Donations:

If you don’t fancy jumping out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft but would also like to donate to Magpas you can send them a cheque, made payable to:

Magpas

The address to send the cheque to is:

Magpas - The Emergency Medical Charity, Centenary House, St Mary’s Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3PE

You can also donate securely online, just visit www.magpas.org.uk

Additional Information:

The weight limit for skydivers is 15 stone 7lbs.

Please be aware that sponsorship money will need to cover the £200 jump costs, the remaining money will be donated to Magpas.

There will be a cafe with a seating area on site selling hot drinks and food.

 

Good luck and thank you for all your support!

All the Magpas team.

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23rd ANNUAL LITTLE DOWNHAM BYGONE & ORGAN EXTRAVAGANZA

23rd ANNUAL LITTLE DOWNHAM BYGONE & ORGAN EXTRAVAGANZA

Photo caption: Magpas Helimedix volunteer Paramedic Simon Standen receiving the fundraising cheque from last year's Bygones and Organs event.

The 23rd annual Little Downham's Bygones and Organs Extravaganza will take place on 28 March 2015 in aid of Magpas Lifesavers, the charity that provides emergency medical care to those with life threatening injuries.

The event, founded by Trevor and Linda Brown, will take place in Little Downham Village Hall on 28th March from 13:00 – 17:30. Every year this fantastic event attracts people from far and wide, coming together to show off their musical organs and to display treasured collectables.

Trevor Brown said, "There will be lots of organs present, plus bygones, models, vintage cars and tractors. We are hoping that this year will be our most successful yet and we have set ourselves a target of raising £2,000. As always we are very proud to be supporting Magpas. Their lifesavers do a wonderful job and deserve the support of everyone across the region, and we will keep organising this event for as long as we can."

Debbie Florence, Head of Fundraising, said, "Mr and Mrs Brown and all their fellow organisers are such dedicated Magpas supporters, they work so hard every year leading up to and on the day of the event. Bygones and Organs have raised an amazing amount for Magpas over the years and we can't thank everyone enough for their continued support and we wish them a successful day."

This year will see Bygones and Organs Extravaganza's biggest ever raffle, with prizes kindly being donated by both the people and businesses within the community. Entry fee is £2.50 for adults and £2.00 for children and senior citizens. Refreshments will be available.

Contact Trevor and Linda Brown: 01353 778830 for more information.

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Get ready for BRoW for Magpas Helimedix!

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Get ready for BRoW for Magpas Helimedix!

Why not sign up to BRoW (Bike Run or Walk) on Saturday 25th July 2015 and help to raise crucial funds for lifesavers Magpas Helimedix. 

This fantastic, fitness orientated event has been organised by Magpas volunteer Anna Dutton and will be the first event of its kind.

It's up to you as to what you do; whether you Bike, Run or Walk your way round Ferry Meadows, you'll be helping Magpas Helimedix continue to bring A&E care, by land and by air, to patients in life threatening emergencies.

What a great way to spend a long summer's day!

For further details including times and how to register for your place, please see the following Facebook link: http://goo.gl/6EFIzc and for registration, please log onto: http://goo.gl/GJDSqj

 

 
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