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Bag a bargain! The ever-popular unclaimed luggage sale returns

Bag a bargain! The ever-popular unclaimed luggage sale returns

Cambs Lock Antiques and Collectables are hosting an unclaimed luggage sale in aid of Magpas Air Ambulance as part of the charity’s annual Orange Day event. Stansted Airport has donated hundreds of bags, suitcases and holdalls which have been left there by holiday makers, and anyone can come along on Saturday 20th May and bid for a bag.

There will be auctions for medium and large cases; and what’s inside is a surprise. The contents could (quite literally) be pants, but it could be very valuable! It only takes a designer bag, clothes, or a good pair of hair straighteners for you to make a profit from your bid. You can sell your goodies on, keep them for yourself, or donate any unwanted items to the Magpas Air Ambulance charity stall.

The event will run from 10am - 4pm. Auctions for the larger items will be held at 12pm and 2pm and small bags will be available to purchase throughout the day for £5 a pop. The auctions will be held in the Cambs Lock Antiques and Collectables car park and immediately across the road, at the Magpas Air Ambulance Headquarters, crafts and antiques will be on sale. The Magpas charity stall will also be open throughout the day, there will be a tombola for the kids and refreshments will be available to purchase.

All money raised on the day will be donated to Magpas Air Ambulance, so the charity can continue to fund their vital, lifesaving service. It is only through fundraising events such as this and generous public donations that Magpas can continue to bring lifesaving care by land and air, to patients in medical emergencies across the east of England and beyond.

If you’d like to get involved with Orange Day email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01480 371060 (option 2). 

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Towcester, man seriously injured in motorbike incident - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to him

Towcester, man seriously injured in motorbike incident - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to him

At 5:17pm yesterday evening (28th) Magpas Doctor Saad Jawaid and Paramedic Chris Hawkins landed at the Silverstone Circuit via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called to treat a man who had been seriously injured following a motorbike road traffic incident in Towcester.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in his 50’s) who had suffered multiple injuries. They administered advanced pain relief (providing him with A&E level care at the scene), before flying him to Coventry Major Trauma Centre for further treatment. Upon arrival at the hospital, the patient was in a very serious but stable condition.

The helicopter crew who flew the Magpas medical team and patient were Chief Pilot Richard Eastwood and Crewmember Simon Amos.
An EMAS Ambulance Service paramedic crew and a private ambulance service paramedic crew were also in attendance.

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Nr Bury St Edmunds, car vs fence, tree & telegraph pole - Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

Nr Bury St Edmunds, car vs fence, tree & telegraph pole - Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

At 2:35am this morning (16th), Magpas Doctor Andy Lindsay and Paramedic Oliver Robinson arrived at a rural road north-west of Bury St Edmunds, via the Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle. They had been called to treat a patient who was trapped - after a car had left the road and collided with a fence, then a tree and a telegraph pole.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed a man (in his 30’s) who had sustained multiple injuries and gave him high level pain relief. The Magpas team then worked alongside a Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service crew, an EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew and Suffolk Police to remove the patient safely from the car he was in. The man was then taken to West Suffolk Hospital by land ambulance for further assessment.

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Our medics learn skills for real-life rescues from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Our medics learn skills for real-life rescues from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Magpas Air Ambulance medics spent two days training with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service to learn some of the advanced rescue skills needed to help people in life-threatening situations.

The two day training on 4th and 5th April formed part of a 2 week induction programme for new doctors and paramedics joining Magpas Air Ambulance. Joint training has been supported by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service for the many years but this year saw stronger links forged with the training team and a development of the programme. By collaborating during training the two services gain knowledge of how the other works before they are called to real-life emergency incidents across Cambridgeshire.

Led by Watch Commander Ben Fawcett, crews from the CFRS Training Centre based at Huntingdon Fire Station showed Magpas Air Ambulance team members how they extricate casualties trapped in cars and how they work in hazardous locations such as confined spaces and in, or near, water. Crews also practised working at height and firefighters from St Neots Fire Station helped familiarise the Magpas medics with procedures for working with dangerous substances and hazardous materials.

Dr Dwyer, one of the clinicians involved in the training, has joined Magpas Air Ambulance from Australia, while Andy Smith, an experienced Paramedic is refreshing his knowledge having served with the charity previously.

Commander Fawcett said, “Overall I believe the Training Centre staff got just as much out of the day as hopefully the Magpas Air Ambulance staff did and although we both have extremely high standards there is always room for improvement. What was really positive was how similar their staff are to our own in terms of passion, professionalism and even sense of humour.”

Associate Clinical Director at Magpas Air Ambulance, Dan Cody, said, “It’s really important for our medics to have the insight into the capabilities of partner emergency services and opportunity to practice these critical skills before they’re required in real emergencies. We’re very grateful for the help of Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service in supporting our training.”

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Nr Flitwick, cyclist with head injuries - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to him

Nr Flitwick, cyclist with head injuries - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to him

At 11.48am this morning (2nd), Magpas Doctor Rupert Hurry and Paramedic Chris Hawkins landed in a school playing field near Flitwick via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called to treat patient who suffered head injuries following a fall from his bike.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the man (in his 70s), before sedating him (giving him A&E level care). They escorted the patient to Luton & Dunstable Hospital, where upon arrival he was in a stable condition.

The helicopter crew who flew the medical team were Chief Pilot Richard Eastwood and Crewmember Paul Nolan.

An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew and Bedfordshire Police were also in attendance.

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Melbourn, mobility scooter vs van - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

Melbourn, mobility scooter vs van - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

At 3:10pm this afternoon (1st), Magpas Doctor Charlotte Haldane and Paramedic Chris Hawkins arrived in Melbourn via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called to treat a patient, following a collision involving a van and a mobility scooter.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed a woman (in her 40s) who had sustained multiple serious injuries. They administered pain relief for the patient before escorting her to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in a land ambulance. Upon arrival at the hospital, the woman was in a very serious but stable condition.

The helicopter crew who flew the medical team were Pilot Andy Figg and Crewmember Paul Nolan.

An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew was also in attendance.
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Peterborough charity shop moving to bigger premises

Peterborough charity shop moving to bigger premises

Thanks to the generous support of Peterborough shoppers we’re moving our charity shop to a bigger and better location opening soon on Bridge Street.
We’ll keep you up to date here and on the charity shop's Facebook page with the exciting plans for our new shop.

The shop at 45 Bridge Street will be closing in May and a new location has been identified on Bridge Street which offers more space.

A team of volunteers from recruitment firm, The One Group, helped in moving stock, clearing and tidying the shop in less than 6 hours on Thursday 30th March in anticipation of the closure. A big thank you to all who helped.

For more information about volunteering in our new shop or to donate items please email:

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He’s afraid of heights, he’s an air ambulance Dr & he’s doing a skydive!

He’s afraid of heights, he’s an air ambulance Dr & he’s doing a skydive!

You could sponsor our very own Magpas Doctor Saad Jawaid, who has decided to jump out of a plane at 13,000ft to raise vital funds for Magpas Air Ambulance!

Saad has been a doctor for more than a decade, and has worked in the emergency department for over 7 years. He worked in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan before moving to the UK with his family in 2012 to develop his career further. Doctor Saad Jawaid currently splits his time between working with Magpas Air Ambulance, forming one of the crucial members of our enhanced medical team, and at Royal Leicester Infirmary. Saad brings his specialist skills by land and by air to patients in life threatening emergencies across the East of England and beyond.

When talking about Magpas Air Ambulance and what he thinks of the charity Doctor Saad Jawaid says ‘It took no time at all for me to become thoroughly inspired by Magpas Air Ambulance. Over the last few months, I’ve attended numerous emergency call outs alongside a critical care paramedic, where we have needed to provide lifesaving treatments on the road side. These patients had little or no chance of reaching the hospital alive, but Magpas doesn't believe that quality care is limited to the boundaries of the hospital, as a result we take A&E level care to the patient.’

The fact that Magpas Air Ambulance relies on generous public donations to continue to provide essential lifesaving care is why Saad decided to take part in the annual Magpas Air Ambulance skydive. He explains ‘the crucial difference we can make has inspired me to fundraise and skydive for Magpas Air Ambulance - despite my fear of heights. It’s just beautiful to know that I’ll be able to pitch in a little for a charity that has been doing outstanding work, and setting the highest standards, for almost half a century.’

You can sponsor Dr Saad Jawaid and help him to provide critically ill patients with his specialist skills and the utmost level of care wherever they may be.

• £14 could pay for Saad to provide a seriously ill patient, who needs to be sedated at the scene, with a shot of Ketamine.
• £20 could pay for a thermal blanket, and as Saad said, ‘Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine is not all about blood and knives. A recent experience of attending a young patient involved in a car crash taught me that a fast heart rate and cold hands can be treated by a blanket, a warm ambulance cabin and few comforting words.’
• You could even sponsor him £55, which would finance the rapid response vehicle our doctors and paramedics use, when it is quicker to get to a patient by land, for an entire day.

Help Doctor Saad save a life and sponsor him at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/saad-jawaid

Alternatively, if you want to jump out of a plane at 13,000ft and skydive for Magpas Air Ambulance on 8th July then sign up here: http://skydivesibson.co.uk/tandem-skydiving/?charity_id=364 or contact our fundraising team to find out more. Just email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01480 371060 (option 2). We’ll look forward to hearing from you!

 

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Huntingdon, car collapses onto man - Magpas Air Ambulance called to him

Huntingdon, car collapses onto man - Magpas Air Ambulance called to him

At 10:21am this morning (11th), Magpas Doctor Peter Holden and Paramedic Dan Cody arrived in the Huntingdon area via a Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response car. They had been called to treat a man, who had been working underneath a car he was restoring, when the jack failed and the car dropped on top of him.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the man (in his 60s) who had sustained serious chest injuries. They provided him with advanced pain relief (giving him A&E level care) before accompanying him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in a land ambulance. The patient was in a stable condition upon arrival at hospital.

An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew and a Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service crew were also in attendance.

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Peterborough, woman kicked by horse - Magpas Air Ambulance treats & flies her to hospital

Peterborough, woman kicked by horse - Magpas Air Ambulance treats & flies her to hospital

At 10:05am this morning (5th), Magpas Doctor Jono Ritson, Paramedic Chris Hawkins and Doctor Phil Morgan, flew to a field in the Peterborough area via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They were called to treat a woman who had been kicked by a horse.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in her 60’s) who had sustained serious leg injuries. The team provided the woman with A&E level care at the scene, before airlifting her to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Upon arrival, the patient was in a stable condition.

The Magpas helicopter crew who flew the medical team and the patient were Pilot Andy Figg and Crewmember George Phillips.

An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew was also in attendance.

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New charity shop in Sandy seeking volunteers!

New charity shop in Sandy seeking volunteers!

Magpas Air Ambulance is excited to announce that we will be opening our first charity shop in Bedfordshire in spring 2017. 

We're looking for reliable and friendly volunteers to assist in the shop in central Sandy.

From helping customers on the shop floor, to sorting items in our stock room, you can volunteer as little as a few hours a week, at a time that suits you.

 

You will have the opportunity to make a difference, helping to save lives, with the chance to meet interesting people and gain valuable skills, or to put existing skills to good use.

Your role as one of our highly valued volunteers would support our fundraising department through our new charity shop opening soon in Sandy. This is an excellent opportunity to obtain valuable work experience as well as meeting new people in a way that directly contributes to the lifesaving work that our air ambulance provides.

The role of our volunteers can change on a regular basis, with customer facing roles and sorting in our stockroom available we can offer a variety of opportunities to support our charity.

For an informal chat about the roles available please contact Amanda Haley, Retail Manager, on 07931 891359 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternatively, you can find out more and apply online on the Do It volunteering website (external site). 

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Flying high - oh to be an air ambulance pilot!

Flying high - oh to be an air ambulance pilot!

Photo caption (from left to right):
Magpas Air Ambulance Chief Pilot Captain Richard Eastwood and Helicopter Crewmember Rob Davies - photo courtesy of Digital Photography by Rob Holding

What’s it like to fly a helicopter and how does anyone get into the job of being an air ambulance pilot anyway? Magpas Air Ambulance Chief Pilot Captain Richard Eastwood is used to being asked those sorts of questions, having flown helicopters for 19 years. He explains, “From a child, I thought the whole idea of flying was pretty extraordinary, so I joined the Navy, where I served for 14 years. I travelled the world and flew helicopters and conventional aeroplanes. I enjoyed helicopter flying more; you could take off from your back garden and within minutes you can be heading for your destination - and you don’t need a runway”.

There’s a strong parallel between the Navy and the air ambulance world when it comes to the need for urgent and rapid response. When asked why he opted to work for Magpas Air Ambulance seven years ago, Richard answers that it was about more than just a job, “I don’t clock in, do my hours and go home. I want to do something that’s of real value. It’s about feeling passionately about the lifesaving cause and knowing I can use my skills to help someone who’s in a traumatic circumstance”.

Safety is what matters most at all times as the Magpas Air Ambulance Chief Pilot. Captain Eastwood describes how his main priority is to balance the speed of response with the safety of the aircraft and the people on the ground, so that no one can be in danger. “Quick thinking is the key. I need to make sure there aren’t any potential risks. It’s about thinking on my toes. Yes, it can be a stressful environment at times, but that’s why you’ll find air ambulance pilots are often ex-military pilots, because they’re acclimatised to making safety and operational decisions in seconds”.

Richard highlights the weather as being amongst one of the biggest and most changeable challenges on a day-to-day basis, “That sums it up really; every day is a different day, which is one of the attractive elements of doing what I do. You never know where you’re going to land from one moment to the next, or who the welcoming committee might turn out to be when we land. Sometimes it’s a smiling face with a cup of tea and a slice of cake, other days it can be a vicious dog”.

How does he deal with being faced with some of the most traumatic incidents, he and the Magpas Air Ambulance enhanced medical team are called out to? His answer is simple, “I focus on the job. But the ones that get to me are the incidents involving drink drivers, or someone texting behind the wheel. It reminds me how fragile life can be”.

And the answer to the six million dollar question about what it’s like to fly the Magpas Air Ambulance? Captain Eastwood smiles and sums it up by saying, “It’s like being on a magic carpet you’re in control of! Think of anywhere you’d like to be, if you can get a helicopter there, you can go anywhere!”

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Miracle baby - thanks to advanced skills & knowledge from Magpas Air Ambulance

Miracle baby - thanks to advanced skills & knowledge from Magpas Air Ambulance

In the early hours of Sunday 29th January, expectant mum Shona Fordham from Friday Bridge, went into labour and suffered serious complications. Shona says, “At first everything seemed fine, my waters broke and I started having contractions - then suddenly I just knew something was very wrong. I called out to my partner Jamie to dial 999 as soon as he could. I was hysterical, it was a total nightmare.”

Shona had suffered an umbilical prolapse; in other words the baby's oxygen supply was in severe danger of being cut off.

Within minutes, two first responders arrived at the family home, followed by an EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew and then an Magpas Air Ambulance enhanced medical team. Magpas Dr Anne Booth and Magpas Paramedic Alex Pearce had the expert skills and knowledge to help Shona and keep her baby alive. Shona sums up the severity of the situation by saying, “They had just 9 minutes to ensure my daughter survived". Dr Anne and Paramedic Alex then continued to treat Shona en route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn, where she gave birth to a very healthy Daphne-Louise.

Shona explains, “The hospital are calling Daphne a miracle baby and that’s thanks to the advanced care she was given by Magpas Air Ambulance (alongside the emergency services) at our house.”

After Shona got in touch with the charity over the weekend to say a big, heartfelt thank you, Magpas Air Ambulance Dr Anne Booth visited the family home and was given a very warm welcome. Dr Booth says, “It’s absolutely lovely to see the adorable Baby Daphne-Louise and Shona looking so well. They are perfect examples of the critical difference Magpas Air Ambulance can make for people in life-threatening emergencies, in the East of England and beyond.” Anne then added, “We are only able to provide our vital service thanks to generous donations from the public.”

Proud mum Shona finished by saying, “It’s so exciting to meet Anne and to introduce her properly to Daphne-Louise. I can’t believe Magpas Air Ambulance is a charity - as soon as Anne and Alex arrived, they just knew what to do. They literally brought the hospital into our house! If it wasn’t for Magpas Air Ambulance, it would have been a very different story for my daughter and even for me. Jamie and I can’t thank them enough.”

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Christmas Raffle 2016 Results

Our Christmas Raffle was drawn on Friday 27th January 2017. Congratulations to all our winners have now been contacted.

The winning ticket numbers and prizes were:

 

624003 £3,000
156845 £1,500
136278 £500
144439 £25
689617 £25
906871 £10
384689 £10
581463 £10
915608 £10
304141 £10
798820 £10
429397 £10
994109 £10
296750 £10
665279 £10

 

 

 

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POSH fan given the gift of life this Christmas

POSH fan given the gift of life this Christmas

PHOTO CAPTION (left to right): Magpas Air Ambulance Paramedic Dan Phillips, Emily Starr, Paul Starr and Magpas Air Ambulance Director of Fundraising Steve Holt

When avid Peterborough United fans, teachers Paul and Emily Starr from Wellingborough, arrived at the Peterborough United vs Northampton match on the evening of the 18th October, neither of them could have prepared themselves for the events that followed.

At half time, 56 year old Dad Paul went to get his daughter Emily a coffee. Whilst he was gone, 23 year old Emily saw some sort of a commotion in the distance and realised that someone was being given CPR, but she couldn’t see who. When half time drew to a close and there was still no sign of Paul, Emily started to worry and tried to ring her dad on his mobile…22 attempts later and there was still no answer and no Paul. Emily remembers, “I had the sickest feeling in my stomach. I went to look for Dad and asked a steward, who was blocking off the bottom of the stairs, if he’d seen him. I described what my dad was wearing and the look in the steward’s eyes made me realise the person being given CPR was my Dad”.

Thanks to the crucial, lifesaving chain of care Paul was given on the night of the match, he has since made a brilliant recovery. Almost as soon as Paul went into cardiac arrest, an off-duty doctor appeared, followed by two first aiders, who all started performing CPR there and then. An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew then stepped in and successfully resuscitated Paul. Subsequently, an enhanced doctor and paramedic medical team from Magpas Air Ambulance arrived and anesthetised Paul (giving him A&E level care there and then), before the Magpas team accompanied him to Peterborough City Hospital for ongoing treatment.

The 10th of December marked the a very poignant moment; a celebration of his Paul’s remarkable recovery! Paul, who has been supporting the POSH since he was 11, went to watch his first Peterborough United match since the fateful day of his cardiac arrest (it was also the last match before Christmas). Paul was joined by his wife Trudy and their daughter Emily, at the football ground, so that they could say a heartfelt, “Thank you” to as many of the individuals as possible who helped to save his life. Magpas Air Ambulance paramedic Dan Phillips, who was part of the Magpas medical team to be called to Paul’s aid on the night of 18th October, also drove over from Suffolk to be part of the emotional reunion. As well as meeting a couple of the Peterborough United players - Paul was given a seat in the Director’s Box to watch the match against Chesterfield.

His daughter Emily sums things up very eloquently by saying, “My dad and I are so close and have always done everything together, as we both share a love for sport. Dad has taken me to all the POSH games since I was 3 - and we’re a great team. I cannot begin to thank the medical staff at Peterborough United Football Club, the EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew, not forgetting an off duty doctor who also happened to be at the game called Tom - and of course the Magpas Air Ambulance medical team who were amazing! There are no words to sum up how emotional and tiring the past few months have been, but I fully appreciate the massive difference these people have made for my Dad. Please support Magpas Air Ambulance this Christmas and in 2017, you never know when you might need their expert help!”.

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The ultimate wakeup call - 10 mums from the East reach out after almost losing loved ones

The ultimate wakeup call - 10 mums from the East reach out after almost losing loved ones

“As a mum, there are no words for when one of your babies (however old they are) has been involved in a terrible accident. Nothing can prepare you for that phone call, I can’t really remember much of the journey to the hospital; I was hysterical, I could barely breathe and every minute felt like the longest hour”.

What would you do if you were going about your usual business, when suddenly you received a phone call saying your child or a loved one had been involved in a severe medical emergency and they were fighting for their life? Ten mothers from Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex have first-hand experience of the heart stopping moments described above. As a result, they are gathering at a crucial lifesaving location, to reach out to other families across the Eastern Region and beyond about what really matters. The reason? To highlight how precious life can be and to emphasise the ripple effect on the family unit, after nearly losing someone so close.

On 4th August this year, golfing enthusiast and mother from Ipswich Sally Crosbie, was told her son Ben had been involved in a freak accident. Ben had been loading a glass hearse onto a lorry (ready for a funeral the following day) when the winch failed and Ben found himself trapped between the hearse and the end of the lorry, suffering serious, crushing injuries and needed urgent care.

Mother of four, Helen Lees from Cheshunt in Hertfordshire, will never forget the day her son Sam (who was living in Essex) was involved in a horrific motorbike accident - one that was so serious, his super bike was split in half. The accident happened in Red Lodge (in Suffolk) on 8th September 2012, leaving Sam suffering two strokes, a broken skull and multiple fractures to his body.

Laura Novak from Hartford in Cambridgeshire will always remember the time her son Finley stopped breathing and turned blue, when he was just 1 day old. Laura explains, “It will be forever engrained in my mind”.

Shara Watt from Hitchin heard the traumatic news that her son Christopher Inns had suffered potentially fatal injuries when he was involved in car and motorbike collision on 1st October 2012. The impact of the incident threw Chris up in the air, landing some distance down the road, where he sustained skull, neck and pelvic fractures along with severe leg, arm and hand injuries.

Norfolk based mum of two, Susan Yaxley from Holme Hale, was warned by police she should “prepare for the worst”, after her husband David suffered life-threatening injuries when an HGV collided with the tractor he was driving back on the 9th August 2010. The memory of this has stayed with their daughter Rebekah (who has since had two sons).

It was a cold frosty evening on 25th January 2005, when Mum Diane Allen from Chatteris, was alerted to the fact that her son Ollie had been involved in a motorbike accident and was fighting for his life. Ollie was 17 years old at the time.

Thankfully, all the mothers described above (and many others) met at the Magpas Air Ambulance Operations Base recently to highlight one common outcome; their loved ones were all given a second chance at living and having families of their own, largely thanks to the enhanced critical care they were given at the scene of their incidents by our medical teams. Mum Helen sums things up by saying, “Every time I think of Magpas Air Ambulance, it just brings me to tears - with the thought that without them my son Sam wouldn’t be here. I want to reach out to other mums and say get involved with this organisation. People always think a shocking incident like the one Sam had will never happen to you or anyone in your family. But if it does, you never know when you might need their help! That’s why it’s so important to support them this Christmas…you just don’t know”.

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Whittlesey Manor Bowls Club raise over £2,200!

Whittlesey Manor Bowls Club raise over £2,200!

Whittlesey Manor bowlers have handed over a cheque for £760 to Magpas Air Ambulance the proceeds coming from the Peter Bavister Memorial Charity triples event held towards the end of the season.

It means the club have now raised more than £2,200 for the charity from this tournament over the past three years.

Receiving the cheque on behalf of Magpas Air Ambulance, Steve Holt, the charity’s director of fundraising, said the total raised by the club so far equated to the saving of four lives – it costs around £650 per mission – and that the club should feel very proud of their efforts which were very much appreciated by the charity.

Pictured: Steve Holt (second right), the Magpas Air Ambulance director of fundraising, received a cheque for £760 from Peter Bavister’s widow Margaret who was accompanied by (left to right) his sister Rita Mace, daughter Sue Welsford and son-in-law and club president Martin Welsford.

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Magpas Air Ambulance awarded £1 million from LIBOR fund

Magpas Air Ambulance awarded £1 million from LIBOR fund

Magpas Air Ambulance is delighted with the Chancellor’s announcement, during today’s Autumn Statement, that we will receive £1 million from the LIBOR fund.

Magpas Air Ambulance provides lifesaving care by land and air from our operations base at RAF Wyton, and has done so since 2007.

The LIBOR funding will be put directly towards a new operations base, which we plan to complete by mid-2018, following the notice that we must vacate RAF Wyton in late 2018 or early 2019.

We are proud of our record in saving lives across the East of England and beyond. Magpas Air Ambulance needs to raise around £4.8m to keep our service running 24/7, as ever that funding comes in the form of public donations and subscriptions to our lottery.

Magpas Air Ambulance CEO Daryl Brown went on to say, “We’re thrilled that the government shares our vision for the future at Magpas Air Ambulance, which saves countless lives and is a leader in the training of trauma care doctors and paramedics across the country”.

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Hardwick Stores looking to beat previous years’ efforts in charity Christmas raffle

Hardwick Stores looking to beat previous years’ efforts in charity Christmas raffle

A family-run business in Hardwick is hoping to smash its previous fundraising goals for local lifesaving charity Magpas Air Ambulance by holding a Christmas raffle.

Tejinder and Emma Bhachu, the owners of Nisa Hardwick Stores, have supported the charity for more than a decade. For the past two years, the family have successfully held a Christmas raffle with the help of local businesses and customers, raising over £1,000.

This year, the couple hope to raise even more by offering a wide selection of prizes ranging from pet, beauty and Christmas hampers to beer vouchers.

Emma Bhachu said, “Our customers have shown their consistent generosity over the past couple of years, and we want to continue to support this fantastic charity. Next time you’re in the area, please drop in and get involved in our raffle!”

The money raised will support Magpas Air Ambulance which brings advanced care in the East of England and beyond to people in life-threatening situations. The service is funded by public donations and receives no direct Government funding.

Tickets are available now for only £1 from the shop at 99 Cambridge Road, Hardwick. Winning tickets will be drawn at midday on Wednesday 21st December, where free mince pies and hot mulled wine will also be available!

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Enter our Christmas Raffle for your chance to win £3,000!

Enter our Christmas Raffle for your chance to win £3,000!

Our Christmas Raffle is now live and you could win up to £3,000 by entering for just £1!

There are many prizes available including £1,500 and £500, plus smaller prizes of £25.

Books of 12 raffle tickets are available now. Could you sell some to your friends, colleagues or community group? 

The 2016 Christmas Raffle will be drawn on 27th January 2017 and winners' names will be announced on our website. 

Money raised from the raffle will go towards keeping our air ambulance flying and providing lifesaving care 24/7.

To buy tickets please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop by our headquarters in Huntingdon. You can also call 01480 371060 to speak to our fundraising team. Good luck in the draw and thanks for supporting Magpas Air Ambulance!

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