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Northamptonshire mum hosting charity ball to thank Magpas Air Ambulance

Northamptonshire mum hosting charity ball to thank Magpas Air Ambulance

A mother from Rushden is organising a fundraising ball and silent auction to thank medics from Magpas Air Ambulance who saved her young son’s life. The emergency services were called on 19th January when Jemma France’s son, Drake, then aged 2 and a half, fell from a wall in Radwell, Bedfordshire. Magpas Doctor Ali Hieatt and Paramedic Chris Hawkins flew to the scene to treat Drake who had sustained a serious head injury. They anaesthetised Drake at the scene, a procedure which is usually only done in hospital. He was then flown via the air ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where he spent a month recovering.

Jemma said, “Magpas Air Ambulance played a big part in saving my son’s life. As a result of the fall he had three fractures to the skull, swelling and a blood clot on the brain. Drake spent 5 days in a induced coma and has had to learn to walk and talk again. His recovery has been amazing and he has shown how strong he is.”

As a thank you, Jemma and her close friend Joanna Connolly are organising a charity ball and silent auction on Saturday 7th May to raise money for Magpas Air Ambulance. The ball, to be held at The Millhouse Hotel in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, will include a three-course dinner, DJ, rodeo bull, and exciting raffle and auction prizes.

Jemma is encouraging local people to support the event and raise vital funds for the charity’s lifesaving work.

“As Magpas Air Ambulance and the other paramedics acted so fast to save Drake, I want to return something to them to show how grateful I am. I would love to sell as many tickets as possible to raise as much money for them as possible.”

Tickets cost £35 and are limited on a first-come, first-serve basis. They can be purchased by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Schools and businesses to go orange on 20th May in support of Magpas Air Ambulance

Schools and businesses to go orange on 20th May in support of Magpas Air Ambulance

On 20th May businesses, schools and social clubs will be going orange and taking on fundraising challenges in aid of local charity Magpas Air Ambulance. Magpas Orange Day takes place annually to promote the charity’s lifesaving work and raise vital funds.

Pupils and employees are encouraged to wear something orange and donate £1, but can also fundraise with ideas such as sitting in a baked beans bath or eating only orange foods for the day. The charity offers advanced lifesaving care to people in medical emergencies across the East of England and beyond. As it does not receive Government funding and relies on public donations to keep the service going, Orange Day is an important day in the charity’s calendar in reaching its fundraising goal of £4 million this year.

Estate agents Thomas Morris Sales & Lettings will be supporting this year’s Magpas Orange Day across their eight offices and property management division with an aim to raise over £1,000 on the day.

Simon Bradbury, Director at Thomas Morris said: “We’ve supported Magpas Orange Day for the past 3 years and our staff love fundraising for this local cause. In previous years we’ve had great fun by selling orange cakes, organising a sponsored bike ride, and decorating our offices.  This year, amongst other things, staff members will be participating in a 12 hour Ten Pin Bowling marathon at Lakeside Lodge in Pidley. The bowling alley has been provided free of charge. Magpas Air Ambulance is a vital service which anyone might need, and I’d encourage other local businesses like Lakeside Lodge to support Magpas Orange Day.”

Staff and volunteers from Magpas Air Ambulance will be in Huntingdon town centre on 13th and 20th May to promote the charity and encourage others to take part.

For more information on how to get involved with Magpas Orange Day, contact our fundraising team on 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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Save the date! Magpas Orange Day is on 20th May

Save the date! Magpas Orange Day is on 20th May

Show your support and raise vital funds for Magpas Air Ambulance on 20th May with Magpas Orange Day. It's a fantastic opportunity to show support for your local air ambulance. Businesses and schools from across the region will be dressing in orange and taking part in fundraising challenges.

We're encouraging you to sign up your workplace, school, and social groups to wear something orange for the day and each donate £1 to Magpas Air Ambulance. You can also raise money with orange themed fundraising ideas. Why not:

  • Bake and sell orange cakes

  • Eat only orange foods for a day

  • Sit in a baked bean bath!

Donations can be made either by a cheque made payable to 'Magpas' or through our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/magpas

For more information, flyers or posters, contact our Fundraising team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01480 371060. Or come along and speak to our staff and volunteers who will be in Huntingdon town centre on the 13th and 20th May.


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Cyclist raises over £5,000 for Magpas Air Ambulance, smashing target

Cyclist raises over £5,000 for Magpas Air Ambulance, smashing target

A young cyclist has handed a cheque for over £5,000, more than four times his initial fundraising target, to Magpas Air Ambulance after completing a 50-mile ride.

Adam Brooker, 23, was involved in a serious road traffic collision near Peterborough in October 2014, when his car collided with a lorry, leaving him trapped inside the vehicle and suffering from serious life-threatening injuries. The Magpas team flew to Adam in the air ambulance, and placed him in a medically induced coma before flying him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Adam spent eight days in intensive care and came out of hospital a month later.

In September, Adam, his father Reece, and 11 friends made the 50-mile journey from his home in Holbeach to the charity’s headquarters in Huntingdon, and then on to the helicopter’s base at RAF Wyton.

Adam set out to raise £1,200 to cover the cost of the air ambulance’s flight to the scene of the collision and on to hospital. The £5,250.57 Adam raised will go towards the costs of operating the lifesaving scheme which has recently become a 24 hour service.

Adam said: “I honestly believe that without the immediate critical care I was given by the Magpas team, I would not be as well as I am today. I was amazed to learn that Magpas is a charity that receives no government funding. Everyone should support Magpas, you never know when you might need them. I’m really grateful to everyone who helped me beat my fundraising target.”

Debbie Florence, Head of Fundraising at Magpas said: “This is a huge achievement for Adam less than a year after he was so seriously injured. The money Adam and his friends have raised will allow us to continue providing critical lifesaving care to others in medical emergencies.”

Adam and his friends will continue their fundraising efforts for the charity with a 10km obstacle course at Rockingham Castle on 12 March. Mud Up for Magpas will see them pitted in a race against 14 of the charity’s medics who will also be running to raise funds. 

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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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