PHOTO CAPTION: Louise Cade and Magpas Air Ambulance Dr Andy Lindsay talk about road safety at The Duke of Bedford School assembly
It was around 3:30pm on 21st January 1994; Louise Cade and her sister Sally Cade and were coming home on the School bus, on what felt like just another normal school day. At the time, the family were living just outside Thorney near Peterborough. Six year old Sally and eight year old Louise got off the bus and waited for it to pull away. They held hands, looked both ways and were crossing the road when a car - seemingly out of nowhere - collided with them at high speed. Louise’s family will never forget the sound of the loud bang the car made on impact.
Louise explains, “My mum got to us as soon as she could. My sister Sally and I were lying in the road. My mother says Sally was smiling at her, whilst I was unconscious. She remembers noticing Sally had fluid coming out of her ear and she knew then it wasn’t a good sign.”
Back in the 1990’s, doctors from around the Eastern Region volunteered their own time with Magpas Air Ambulance and as result; Dr Richards, Dr Knights and Dr Jackson (who all worked at Thorney Surgery) were called out to Sally and Louise. They did everything they could to save the sisters’ lives - in what had become truly devastating circumstances. Sally was first to be taken to hospital in an ambulance (with a police escort), shortly followed by Louise, with the Magpas Doctors on board. Sally died several times en route, as did Louise, but the Magpas doctors repeatedly brought them back to life.
Once at the hospital, Sally and Louise were next to each other in the ICU being treated. Louise explains, “Sally was on a ventilator but sadly died from head trauma and organ failure on the 23rd January.”
Louise had to have gravel sucked out of her lungs (one of which collapsed), she suffered a serious head injury and multiple broken bones, as well as a stroke. She says, “My family tells me I died several times and was not expected to survive. The last time I died, everyone thought I had gone when suddenly I came back - gasping for air, trying to rip the ventilator tubes out of me.”
Her parents were told she would probably not walk and talk again, but Louise was determined to get back to normal. At Sally’s funeral, the family asked only for donations to be made to Magpas Air Ambulance and fundraised for a defibrillator for the charity to use. Not long after, the same Magpas Doctors were called out to another little girl called Rebekah; the defibrillator bought by Louise’s family, was used by Magpas to save her life that day.
Louise has since lost most of her memory of what life was like before the accident. She explains, “It’s really upsetting I can’t remember much about my best friend who I miss dearly - but the motivation, determination and strength to live on has made me the person I am today.” Louise, who is 31, now feels ready to tell her story for the first time. She wants the memory of her sister Sally to live on, by raising awareness for Magpas Air Ambulance who came to her rescue all those years ago. As a result, Louise is teaming up with Magpas former patient Rebekah’s mum - to take part in the Magpas annual skydive this July.
Louise sums up why she’s embarking on such a courageous fundraising venture after everything she’s been through, “My sister means a great deal to me and, like Rebekah and her mum, I want to thank the charity that did so much for me on that terrible afternoon.” Louise continues, “Magpas Air Ambulance trains senior doctors and paramedics, from all around the UK, to bring the hospital to patients in life-threatening situations. I want to gather as many sponsors as I can and help Magpas Air Ambulance give more lifesaving care to others in their time of need.” The link to Louise’s fundraising page is: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JumpingwithSally
Recently, Louise went back to The Duke of Bedford School to talk at the school assembly. Louise told her story, raising awareness about road safety and about the crucial lifesaving care Magpas Air Ambulance delivers, by land and air, in the East of England and beyond. She summed up why this moment was so important to her, “I just want the children to take on the message of road safety and stay safe. I hope the children will take this on board and tell their parents - so that they can be more aware of children on the road. I want to inspire other people with my story.”
Louise was also joined by Magpas Dr Andy Lindsay. He explained how Magpas Air Ambulance offers pioneering training to doctors and paramedics wishing to specialise in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM), for which the charity is renowned in the medical world. He also summarised how he felt about being part of the gathering, “It’s wonderful to see Louise looking so well. Spreading the word about road safety to young children is an incredible investment of our time. It’s great to capture their attention and a real privilege to talk to them”.
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Magpas Air Ambulance Pilot Andy Figg with Conservative MP for Huntingdon Jonathan Djanogly and Magpas Helicopter Crewmember Rob Davies
Despite promising himself he would never embark on another marathon again, MP for Huntingdon Jonathan Djanogly, has decided Magpas Air Ambulance is a crucial enough cause to change his mind. When Mr Djanogly heard Magpas is also making plans for a new operations base move, from RAF Wyton, there was definitely no turning back for him! Hence, Mr Djanogly has signed up for this year’s London Marathon; in aid of the charity that trains experienced emergency medical doctors and paramedics, to bring hospital level care by land and air, to patients in life-threatening emergencies.
As a regular runner at the weekends, the Cambridgeshire based MP is used to fitting exercise into his routine - as well as practising martial arts. When he visited the current Magpas Air Ambulance Operations Base (sporting Magpas orange laces in his running shoes), he summed up why Magpas had motivated him to train for the gruelling 26.2 mile mission on the 23rd April. He said, “Magpas Air Ambulance is an excellent local charity run by exceptional people whose specialist skills save lives. They provide vital support to the work of our local emergency services and we must never forget the dedication of the highly trained doctors and paramedics involved”.
Mr Djanogly encouraged as many people as possible to support Magpas Air Ambulance by adding, “The organisation has responded to countless serious accidents and emergencies since its creation. Purely relying on donations and fundraising it needs help to continue providing its lifesaving service. I am running the London marathon in aid of Magpas because the charity is there for people who are in desperate need - and in return we should all do what we can to give our support.”
Jonathan’s Just Giving page is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jonathan-Djanogly1
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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!”
Recently, we were delighted to welcome two work experience students from the St Ivo School in St Ives and one from Swavesey Village College into the fundraising department for two weeks.
Our three students, Lucy, Lily and Lucy, were all fantastic and got stuck in with a number of varied tasks and although they were primarily assisting within the fundraising department, they also helped elsewhere around the charity.
These tasks including helping update and maintain our database, creating thank you letters and posters for our supporters and many more besides. They helped out at a fundraising event, and also helped out with a stock take at our Air Ambulance base and even helped the weekly task of cleaning the helicopter!
We asked for the three girls to write a paragraph explaining their experiences with us:
“Hello my name is Lucy, I am in year 10 at St Ivo school, I study Art, Computing, History, Resistant Materials and also the core subjects. I have a big interest in Art and in the future I would like to link my art into my job, doing work experience at Magpas was a great choice, the staff here are very welcoming, the building feels like a home and the place has a very enthusiastic atmosphere. At Magpas I was assigned various jobs including, inputting information into the Database, sorting the medical equipment and labelling it at the base and also helping the staff in the office with various jobs like sorting, paperwork, helping with various office jobs to keep the charity running. Magpas wasn’t just all the continuous amount of jobs it had its enjoyable parts as well, seeing the team getting ready for a call out at the base, doing small interesting jobs for the staff here. Another reason why I chose to do Magpas for my work experience was because I saw there was going to be work in a shop situation and selling products for a business which I am interested in doing in the future.”
“My name is Lily Steward-Brown and I go to St Ivo School and I’m currently in Year 10. I am doing Art, Geography, Film and Media Studies and French for my GCSE’s and I hope to take Law, Art and Chemistry in Sixth Form. I chose Magpas Air Ambulance for my work experience because my auntie is Head of Operations and I have grown up attending events with Magpas. I have enjoyed my time at Magpas and it has helped me learn a lot about the charity and who it takes to run it, I was amazed at all the hard work put in and skills everyone has.
The types of jobs we did were very varied and we didn’t do the same thing every day. At the base in Wyton, we did stock checks for all the necessary equipment for the Doctors and Paramedics. At Headquarters in Huntingdon, we helped do a lot of jobs that were very important to the fundraising department. We helped run totals and counting the collection tins of events that we went to, which we then filled out a donation form for.
I have really enjoyed my time at Magpas and I hope to volunteer in the future. I have learnt a lot about the charity and the roles and people it takes to keep it up and running, I have also learnt about what kind of job I would like in the future.”
“My name is Lucy Slade and I am in year 10 at Swavesey Village College. I take GCSE sport, spanish, history and geography and I would love to take psychology and sociology in college. I have really enjoyed my work experience placement with Magpas Air Ambulance because it has helped me get a clearer idea of what I would like to do when I am older. I felt like I was doing something beneficial for the charity as there are many different jobs that need to be done that I was able to help with. For example, at the Wyton base we did stock checks for the medical equipment and filled in order forms for any required equipment, I also updated the necessary information on their database. At the HQ in Huntingdon we helped organise the charity stall, as well as counting money from collection tins from events that we have attended. The things I have enjoyed most about work experience is going to events and collecting donations and being able to watch the doctors and paramedics during their training or even going off to accidents. I didn’t realise how many different and important roles there were within the charity and doing work experience at Magas has helped me realise how people can help in such a variety of ways”
All three girls were a create to their schools and did a wonderful job whilst with us on their work experience, so a huge thank you to Lucy P, Lily and Lucy S for all their hard work.
We have had many, many exciting and varied fundraising events and supporter engagement over the last few weeks.
Gibbs Denley Insurances Services are celebrating their 25th anniversary and chose Magpas as their charity of the year. To celebrate these two things, they put on a sponsored static cycle ride to cover the distance between there three offices in Swavesey, Bury St Edmunds and Chelmsford – some 80 miles. The 80 miles also covered the distance of previous Magpas incidents, so ever mile they cycled was the route that our emergency team had done. This was a great motivational tool and a way to learn about some of our former patients’ and the varied incidents that our team undertake.
Gibbs Denley have raised nearly £600 and their Just Giving page is still open: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cycle-for-magpas
We went to visit the children at the Sunflower seed pre-school near Peterborough to tell them all about Magpas Air Ambulance and to show them some of our equipment and support car. The school are longtime supporters of Magpas, and even have their own dedication wall full of lovely pictures and drawings of our helicopter. The children asked lots of questions and engaged in learning all about our lifesaving service
Over at Sibson Airfield lots of Magpas supporters jumped out of a plane and skydived all in aid of Magpas!
A whole host of brave (foolhardy?) Magpas supporters skydived in slightly windy, but sunny conditions. Our incredible jumpers were Jenny Luckett, raising £175, Alex Davenport raising £690, Dave Moore raising £3,640 and Lauren Payne raising £350. Our other jumper was Dudley who completed his jump on his Golden Wedding Anniversary! Dudley was inspired to jump after hearing a talk at his local Rotary club by Magpas and signed up immediately after!
We welcomed new supporters from The Animal Experience team to the base who are proud supporters of Magpas Air Ambulance. Thanks for coming Hazel, Kayleigh, Lee and little Charlie.
Finally, the staff at Waitrose Cambridge cycled 335 miles over 23 hours from Cambridge to Paris, on one static bike. The team took over the foyer, created t-shirts and posters, as well as making cupcakes and along with generous donations from the public, raised an incredible £1,613.95.
We would like to thank all our fantastic fundraisers and supporters for the varied, diverse, and inspirational fundraising that they have done for Magpas Air Ambulance.
As part of our annual Orange Day, Pat, Clifford and Maureen ran an orange themed quiz night all in aid of Magpas Air Ambulance.
The serial quizzers, from Somersham, who have organised an Orange Day quiz for us for the past three years really go all out on their quizzes; theming the questions and prizes around all things orange. This year’s consolation prize was an orange button – so next year the people in last place can keep their fingers on the button!!
They also make it mandatory for all participants to wear some orange whilst quizzing; if people turn up without any orange items they ae made to wear orange ribbon, (and orange underwear doesn’t count…)
We have attached the quiz for you to have a go at (get in touch for the answers!)
This year Pat, Clifford and Maureen’s quiz raised a fantastic £210, all in aid of Magpas Air Ambulance and our lifesaving care by land, by air that we provide, 24/7.
PHOTO CAPTION: Philip James, Chairman of Coulsons and immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Cambridge, presenting a cheque to Dr Neville Silverston MBE, alongside Antonia Brickell Head of Communications at Magpas Air Ambulance - at The Rotary Club of Cambridge’s lunch held at The Gonville Hotel in Cambridge
This week marked a poignant moment in the ongoing relationship between The Rotary Club of Cambridge and Magpas Air Ambulance; as Philip James, Chairman of Coulsons and immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Cambridge, proudly presented a cheque to his chosen charity of the year.
It was also the first time Philip had met the founder of Magpas, Dr Neville Silverston MBE, after Philip was initially introduced to the charity many years ago. Philip explained, “I came across Magpas in the 1980’s, when I was involved in organising amateur motorsport events and we needed doctors on site in case of any accidents. At the time, some of the Magpas doctors covered for us”. Philip went on to say, “It’s been fascinating meeting Neville today, hearing more about the history of such an important organisation and how it’s evolved over the years”.
After giving a inspiring talk about how and why Magpas was created, Magpas Founder Dr Silverston MBE (who also happens to be an honorary member of The Rotary Club of Sawston), added, “It’s been a great afternoon and I’d very much like to thank Philip and the members of The Rotary Club of Cambridge for raising funds for Magpas Air Ambulance. It’s wonderful to hear how the charity continues to be given such fantastic support - and in Cambridge too - one of the prime locations for when Magpas first started to roll out its vital service”.
Antonia Brickell, Head of Communications at Magpas Air Ambulance, summed the afternoon’s event up by saying, “We’d like to thank everyone here for their valued support. As ever, it’s been extremely moving to hear Neville speak about the unique heritage of Magpas Air Ambulance. The charity has evolved hugely over the years; using our expertise to promote excellence in the provision, delivery and development of the pre-hospital emergency medical care across Cambridge, the East of England and beyond. However, our values today remain the same as we continue to be caring, pioneering and dedicated to patients’ needs - bringing lifesaving care by land and air to people in serious medical emergencies”.
The deadline for applications has now passed.
Are you a university student or recent graduate looking for an internship in communications?
We are looking for a talented, personable and creative individual, with strong writing skills and a keen interest in communications. You will offer valuable support to the small communications team at the charity. Whilst having a confident, friendly and empathetic manner, you will need to be highly organised and able to work across projects. Duties will include:
- Researching, writing and distributing press releases to targeted media
- Developing, updating and writing content for the website and social media
- Assisting in press opportunities
- Gathering information and producing copy for patient stories
- Supporting with the production of marketing materials
Our regular hours are from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday but we are flexible on working hours to accommodate your needs.
You will need:
- Excellent writing ability, strong knowledge of grammar and punctuation
- Attention to detail
- Knowledge of Plain English and/or the ability to write for different audiences would be advantageous
- Previous knowledge or experience of managing non-personal social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube would be advantageous
This is a paid position offering the National Minimum Wage.
The position is based at our headquarters in Huntingdon, with free parking on site. We are a 1 minute walk from Huntingdon bus station, and an 8 minute walk from Huntingdon train station.
Last week our Fundraising Co-ordinator Emma (pictured above second from right, in left hand picture), along with some supporters and one of our doctors had the honour of attending the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations on behalf of Magpas Air Ambulance, as we were chosen to receive tickets from kind supporters at Waitrose St Ives and St Neots.
This is Emma’s story of the day:
I had the honour of representing Magpas Air Ambulance at the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle on Thursday 12th May. We were honoured to have been chosen by our supporters at Waitrose St Ives and St Neots to receive tickets to this most amazing event which celebrated the life of our incredible Monarch in this monumentally historical year.
We arrived early in beautiful, warm sunshine to make the most of our day. We were treated to some fantastic horse displays from the Pony Club in the main arena throughout the afternoon which whetted the appetite for the main evening show. We were greeted warmly at the Waitrose hospitality marquee and enjoyed a glass of bubbly, or two (!) and a very tasty cupcake. The Waitrose winning birthday cake designed by 9 year old Tilly Chisholm was on display and appeared a most worthy winner! There we met Tina Varns, Waitrose's CSR Manager, and were again made to feel very special guests. After a catch up with our fellow Magpas representatives we grabbed a bite to eat, then prepared to take our seats for the main event.
The show was just spectacular from start to finish, following the story of our Queen's 90 years and her achievements, passions, loves and duties. The story was narrated by Alan Titchmarsh and Jenny Powell and was accompanied by video footage on a huge screen directly opposite our front row seats! We were graced with the presence of the Princess Royal herself, Princess Anne who arrived in a stunning golden carriage. How else would we have wanted her to arrive! The displays included those by the Household Cavalry, the RAF, Army, Navy, the Highlanders and the Irish Guards. Representatives from across the Commonwealth came from near and far and included, Fiji, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Azer....Azerbai.....Azerbyja...Canada!!!! All demonstrated national dances, displays, horse control and marching bands. It was just magnificent.
So what did I think were the highlights? I genuinely couldn't say. The day, the Waitrose hospitality, the people we met, the setting, the event itself are what memories are made of. I felt honoured to have attended this event from a personal perspective as well as being a representative of Magpas Air Ambulance, a charity I love and believe in. This is a day I will never forget and cannot thank you all at Waitrose enough for giving us this once in a lifetime opportunity to have been there.
And a thank you to Teresa Lewis for her wonderful photography that feature in this post.
Peterborough United’s Director of Football, Barry Fry, is calling on fans and local people to wear something orange for Magpas Orange Day. The celebration day takes place on 20th May to promote Magpas Air Ambulance’s lifesaving work and raise vital funds.
People are encouraged to get their workplace, school or social club involved and wear something orange with a £1 donation to the charity, or fundraise with ideas such as sitting in a baked bean bath or eating only orange foods for the day.
Dressed in an orange wig, Barry said, “It’s really important to support this important local cause, as none of know when we might need their help. Wearing something orange and donating £1 is an easy way to show your support for the work of their amazing doctors and paramedics, who save lives around the clock. It would be great to see all of Peterborough going orange on 20th May.”
Magpas Air Ambulance brings crucial lifesaving care by land and air to patients in life-threatening emergencies. Many of the UK’s expert doctors and paramedics volunteer their own time to work with Magpas Air Ambulance. In the last two years alone, the service has been called out 318 times to incidents in Peterborough. The medical team have treated patients at incidents ranging from serious road traffic collisions to heart attacks.
As Magpas Air Ambulance does not receive direct 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.
Peterborough United will also be supporting fundraising efforts at the final match of the season on Sunday 8th May with bucket collections for the charity.
We were delighted to invite some of the team from Highways England up to the base recently as they presented the team with a fantastic amount of £1,022.00 from their year of fundraising.
Magpas Air Ambulance were the Highways England Bedford office charity of the year. This incredible amount was raised through a wide variety of events, including Christmas and Easter eggs raffles and a harvest festival hamper. This incredible amount was also the highest amount they have ever raised for a charity over the course of a year.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Janet, Sharon, Davina and Rosie for visiting the base and presenting the team with a cheque and thank all of the team at Highways England for the continued support; it truly makes a lifesaving difference.
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.”
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.
Magpas Air Ambulance is set to feature in the second series of Air Ambulance ER, in an episode to be broadcast on Monday 25th April.
A film crew followed the charity’s doctors and paramedics for two months in the summer of last year. They captured the team as they responded to real-life medical emergencies, offering advanced care to reduce disability and save lives.
The series tells the story of the UK’s extraordinary helicopter emergency medical teams and offers a unique look at the cutting edge medicine and skills they use to save lives every day. Cameras capture the moments from when the emergency call comes in and the team is scrambled - to landing at the scene and treating the patient.
In the third episode of the series Magpas Air Ambulance is scrambled from its base at RAF Wyton near Huntingdon to treat a Cambridgeshire man who has fallen from a ladder and requires specialist medical help. Magpas Doctor Nick Foster and Paramedic Dan Read arrive by helicopter to stabilise the man’s injuries.
Tune in on Monday 25th April at 9pm on Sky One.
We were delighted to invite Alexander Davenport, Sarah Wealleans and Ruth Booy (pictured alongside our fundraising coordinator Emma, above) to our Air Ambulance base who came on behalf of all at Irwin Mitchell, as they handed over their final cheque from a year's worth of fundraising.
We are overwhelmed by the sheer volume and diversity of their fundraising as they chose us to be their charity of the year in 2015.
Throughout last year, the Cambridge based solicitors continued to fundraise for Magpas Air Ambulance, and their brilliant fundraising ideas included a continuous bike-a-thon (equalling the distance of some of our life saving missions), undertook the Three Peak Challenge, held raffles, company dress down days and a ‘Great British Bake Off’ inspired bake sale, as well as three hardy souls jumping out of a plane in a sponsored skydive (details: http://www.magpas.org.uk/component/easyblog/?view=entry&id=447)
In total Irwin Mitchell raised £6,813 for Magpas Air Ambulance and were great partners in a fun packed year of fundraising. A huge thank you to the whole Irwin Mitchell team; they have contributed to us being able to continuing to support people in the region who depend on our lifesaving services.”
Fox Narrowboats, of March in Cambridgeshire, have chosen Magpas Air Ambulance as their charity of the year and are already well underway with their fundraising.
Throughout the year there is a second hand book stall at their base in the marina; so please feel free to pop in, pick up a book and get involved!
They also currently have an Easter Egg treasure hunt running, which is great fun for all the family.
On Sunday 24th April 2016 they are running boat trips and tombola at March Town St Georges Fayre. Boat trips are available on the hour and half hour from 10am – 4.30pm and cost £5. These can be booked in advance by telephoning 01354 652770.
They also have a few opportunities for exclusive use skippered boat trips on specific evenings during May and June: The cost is £100 and involves a skippered boat trip for 1 ½ hours commencing at 7pm, a steward is on had to serve tea, coffee and biscuits. The trip journeys through the town of March and its picturesque moorings and return. These can be booked by telephoning 01354 652770. These trips are idea for family celebrations and small interest group activities. The dates available are 23rd, 24th,25th, 26th May, and 20th, 21st, 23rd June.
For more information please call 01354 652770 or visit: http://www.foxboats.co.uk/
We thank Fox Narrowboats for the continued support and wish them all the best for the year ahead and their fundraising for Magpas Air Ambulance.
For the past six weeks we have had two Huntingdonshire Regional College Business Studies students working with the fundraising department for their work experience.
Dan Buffham (pictured above) and Henry Mann both came in to gain valuable experience of working in a diverse regional charity, working through a variety of different tasks, roles and jobs. They contributed to and learned about our database and our archiving set up and the importance of researching and updating those, as well as the need for this in our role in the community. They also participated in a wide variety of office tasks, as well as learning about, and assisted in, our charity shop. They also accompanied the fundraising team on Air Ambulance base visits and local talks, which was a great way to see how much we do within the community and how we spread awareness of our lifesaving charity.
It has been very helpful and good fun, having the two students working with us; they proved a great help with assisting with our workload, as well as joining in with our office tasks and keeping the team on their toes! Both Dan and Henry got stuck in and were open and happy to do whatever task we threw at them, and they were great credit to Huntingdonshire Regional College.
We wish them all the luck for the future as they continue their studies.
Photos: Main: Marie Heathcote hands her cheque to the team. Above from left to right: The Butchers Arms in Knodishall giving Magpas volunteer Martin their check from a year of fundraising. Delicious cakes made by Gibbs Denley. The Holywell-cum-Needingworth Over 60’s club present their cheque to Magpas at their AGM.
There has been some wonderful, diverse fundraising for Magpas Air Ambulance recently. Here are a few of their stories:
Magpas supporter Marie Heathcote gave up takeaways for one hundred days over winter, as a personal challenge. Marie decided it would be a great challenge for her to give up something she loves; her rules being absolutely simply: ‘100 days, no takeaways’, and she succeeded! She donated a very generous £100 to Magpas at the end of her 100 days as we are a charity close to her heart. This was a brilliant personal achievement, well done and thank you Marie!
The Butchers Arms pub in Knodishall in Suffolk kindly chose us to be their charity of the year throughout 2015, raising money through their brilliant monthly quiz night. They raised a fantastic £434 through the yearly event, and our volunteer Martin went down to Suffolk to collect the cheque and say a few words of thanks.
Gibbs Denley, who once again have kindly chosen us as their charity of the year, have begun their fundraising this year. They have had a dress down day in the office as well as an ‘Eat Cake’ event! In total they raised a brilliant £77.50, which is a great start to the year from a loyal supporter.
We were the charity of the year for the Holywell-Cum-Needingworth Over 60’s Club throughout 2015. They raised a fantastic £350 pounds from their various events which included a raffle and jumble sale in their village hall. The Over 60’s club, like us, are a crucial part of the community, and we appreciate them chosen Magpas Air Ambulance as their charity to support throughout 2015.
These are all amazing ways that Magpas Air Ambulance supporters have got involved, donated and fundraised for us, and it truly makes a lifesaving difference.