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A fundraising victory for the Buckden Ball babes!

A fundraising victory for the Buckden Ball babes!

Photo caption: The Buckden supermums / organisers, all dressed up and ready to go to the Ball!

Three local mums proudly presented a fundraising cheque to Magpas Helimedix for £1,100 recently, after organising a fabulous ball at Buckden Village Hall for 100 guests, on 7th May this year. Together with four other mothers, based in the area, the plan was to raise £2,000 for Magpas Lifesavers - as well as the Buckden Pre-school Playgroup (and split the funds equally between both causes).

Having beaten their fundraising target and raised £2,200 as their final total, Justine Clark said, "It feels like a real accomplishment for us all. On the night of the event, we held a raffle, an auction and a quiz - and they all went down a storm!" When asked how it felt to hand over the money to Magpas, Justine explained,"Seeing everyone's faces as we showed the cheque to Magpas team, makes it all the more worthwhile!"

Vikki Taylor and Vikki Brooks agreed, "We were incredibly moved by people's generosity. But then with the fantastic work that Magpas does, it makes sense... None of us know when we might need their specialist, lifesaving care by Air Ambulance or by road".

Head of Communications, Antonia Brickell, summed it up by saying, "We would like to thank this fabulous team of Buckden Supermums! The funds raised will help us to continue to provide frontline care for patients, by helicopter or rapid response car, at the scene of serious medical emergencies. Supporting the Ambulance Service, our highly trained medics (many of whom volunteer their own time to work with us), are dispatched to cases of life-threatening illness and injuries in Cambridgeshire and the East of England. Without the public's generous support, we wouldn't be able to carry on providing this crucial service. Thank you."

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The weather might not be hot throughout July, but the deals in the Magpas Charity Shop will be!

The weather might not be hot throughout July, but the deals in the Magpas Charity Shop will be!

Hot deals are to be had in our shop this July, discounts discounts everywhere!

Paperback books 20p, Hardback books 50p, Adult Clothes £1, Childrens Clothes 50p, Coats £2.50 and Shoes £1.50.

Please pop along and take advantage. If you don't like shopping but your other half does, then sit with a tea, coffee or hot chocolate for just 20p and relax while the other half does the hard work - you could even pick up a good book for either 20p or 50p to read whilst you wait!

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Magpas CPR-athon success!

Magpas CPR-athon success!

Magpas joins forces with The Qualifications Centre and Laerdal - helping the local community to learn how to save a life!

Magpas was proud to hold it's first annual CPR-athon on 21st June. Members of the public were invited to come and learn some vital First Aid skills alongside professional trainers, at the Magpas Charity HQ - for free!

We'd all like to think we'd automatically leap into action, like superheroes, if someone collapsed in front of us and suffered a heart attack or went into cardiac arrest. Sadly, CPR and first aid skills are not instinctively part of human nature - but imagine making that critical difference, by adding essential minutes to a person's life, before the emergency services arrive and Magpas Helimedix can provide advanced life support?

The CPR-athon proved to be a real success. Over 50 people walked away with a new found knowledge that they too could truly make a lifesaving difference! As well as a number of Resusci Annes, emergency medical equipment company, Laerdal, also kindly supported the event by donating specialist CPR 'kit and equipment'.

Magpas supporter Scott Thurston, who runs The Qualifications Centre, suggested the idea to Magpas in the first place. He said, "We've been looknig for a charity to do something like this for a while. Magpas was the perfect choice, it's an incredibly worthy cause because of the difference the service makes to seriously ill people". Scott went on to say, "On a personal level, I also feel passionately that everyone should know CPR".

Magpas would like to thank everyone involved for all their support. It was a great day and we're looking forward to next year's CPR-athon already! 

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St Ives Festival of Motorcycles - the visitors kept coming and coming!

St Ives Festival of Motorcycles - the  visitors kept coming and coming!

What a day at the St Ives Festival of Motorcycles! The weather did not dampen the spirits or spoil the fun though. It was an absolute pleasure to see so many people there today. Thank you to everybody for coming along and lending their support to this event and to the organisers, exhibitors and all those who stood in the rain. We can't wait to see you all again for SIFOM 2!

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Do you know how to save a life?

Do you know how to save a life?

logo cpr newWould you know what to do if you were going about your usual business and someone collapsed in front of you and suffered a heart attack, or went into cardiac arrest? We'd all like to think we'd automatically leap into action like superheroes! Sadly, CPR and first aid skills are not instinctively part of human nature. But imagine making that critical difference, by adding essential minutes to a person's life, before the emergency services arrive?

Winston Greyling almost died after going into a cardiac arrest at his home when he was 39 years-old. If it wasn't for the crucial CPR his wife Roslyn provided, he wouldn't be alive today. Magpas Helimedix arrived within four minutes and provided advanced life support within the 45 minutes that followed. Roslyn remembers, "He was actually dead, but they managed to get him back and get him into a stable condition, before taking him to Papworth Hospital".

In 2013 alone, Magpas Helimedix gave specialist care for 64 cardiac arrest patients in the East of England. So far this year, Magpas has treated over 35 patients. These statistics alone highlight how important first aid skills can be. As a result, local father Scott Thurston, who runs The Qualifications Centre, is helping Emergency Medical Charity Magpas to raise awareness, by inviting the public to join a CPR-athon, on 21st June this year. Supporters can learn how to save a life and raise funds all at the same time! The idea is to learn some basic first aid (alongside professional trainers) and help to keep a number of Resusci Annes breathing for as long as possible. Scott feels so passionately about this, he's even putting his young daughter Maddy through her lifesaving paces!

For more information on the Magpas CPR-athon, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (01480) 371 060 or please click on the following button to sign up:
Eventbrite - MAGPAS CPR-athon

Please click on the link below to see the latest press coverage on ITV Angla news:

http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/topic/cpr/

 

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Who knows sign language for helicopter? Magpas Volunteer Doctor Anne Booth knows!

Who knows sign language for helicopter? Magpas Volunteer Doctor Anne Booth knows!

 

Volunteer Magpas Helimedix Doctor Anne Booth had a delightful day on Saturday 7th June meeting with the children and helpers at Soham's Little Miracles.

 

Anne says: "Thank you to Rachel and all the staff and children at Soham Little Miracles for making me feel so welcome. It was great to see the fantastic work you do, to hear about the children and the centre, and learn about all the amazing trips you've been on. I was really impressed with all the questions you had about MAGPAS Helimedix. Thank you for teaching me some new British Sign Language words that will be useful, and the cakes were very welcome too!"

 

Little Miracles approached Magpas and asked if our Helimedix could speak with their group as the children were wary of people in uniform and they wanted to help them understand that people in uniform can be there to help and look after them. Anne mingled amongst the children and answered their many questions. The children also taught Anne some sign language including the sign for helicopter, which will certainly come in handy!

 

Rachel Palmer, Chairperson of Little Miracles said: 'A huge thank you for attending, it was a great relaxed session. The feedback has been amazing, lots of children talking about it'

 

 

 

 

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Pat's Orange Day quiz raises over £240 for Magpas

Pat's Orange Day quiz raises over £240 for Magpas

From a special orange category, to a booby prizes of a carrot, Pat made the Oldhurst Quiz a very memorable occasion! Thank you goes to Pat and her helper Maureen, who was in charge of the raffle, for all their hard work in organising this fun evening. Thank you too to all those who attended and raised an incredible amount of £240! Pat (left) and Maureen are pictured with Dr David Driver (left) and Dr Rod Mackenzie.

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Ortongate Shopping Centre supports Magpas with 3 days of fun!

Ortongate Shopping Centre supports Magpas with 3 days of fun!

Ortongate Shopping Centre has raised a wonderful £306.82 with 3 days of fun! They have held an Easter Egg Hunt, supported Magpas Orange Day and then had a Family Fun Day which despite the torrential rain, still managed to draw in the crowds. Thank you to Paul at the Ortongate Centre for organising these events and also to the stores in the centre: Co-Op, QD, Greggs, Nat West, BJ Plaice, Martins, Lloyds Chemist, Wilko and the Security Team too for supporting us and of course, to all those who attended, thank you!

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The Ferryboat lays on a brilliant Cabaret!

The Ferryboat lays on a brilliant Cabaret!

The Ferryboat laid on an excellent evening last night at the Cabaret, from singing and comedy to story telling and magic, it was a fun packed night with lots of laughs. Thank you to all those involved with the organisation, all those who performed and of course, to all those who supported the night. Well done and thank you to all!

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More Magpas lifesaving YouTube videos!

More Magpas lifesaving YouTube videos!

Exciting news! Please watch the next two in our collection of Magpas YouTube videos on the Magpas website homepage, courtesy of wondrous supporter and sponsor Andy Wilkinson from Ely based Shooting Image Ltd. Andy gives countless hours of his time to film, edit and produce these videos for us - free of charge! Watch this space for the next short film.

In the meantime, please help us to spread the word about these videos as much as you can (via YouTube, social media and email). The films are called: 

Magpas Helimedix - Thank you for your support & Why the Paramedics and Doctors volunteer

A huge Magpas thank you to Andy and the Magpas Helimedix involved in the filming!

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Look around our Magpas Charity Stall

Look around our Magpas Charity Stall

Magpas invites you to come in and have a browse around some of the lovely items that have ben kindly donated to our Charity stall. 

 

Open monday to friday 9am- 5:30pm 

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Wear something orange for your lifesaving team!

Wear something orange for your lifesaving team!

Lifesavers invite you to go orange any day!

Photo caption: Rebecca Jackson, from Academy Corporate Entertainment Ltd. and member of the Business Club in Peterborough, visited the Magpas Helimedix Base and demonstrated how to go glam on Magpas Orange Day!

Magpas needs you! The Emergency Medical Charity is calling on members of the community in the East of England and beyond, to wear something orange for their lifesaving team. 

All you need to do, is find an orange piece of clothing, or don an orange accessory and donate £1 to Magpas. You could even dress from head to toe in orange - it's up to you! Get everyone to join in, you can make Magpas Orange Day any day! If you'd like to know what sort of a crucial difference you could help Magpas to make, former patient Sue can explain what the organisation did for her, 

"I have never been so relieved to hear the sound of the Helicopter and to see those orange suits .The Magpas Helimedix Paramedic and Doctor not only took care of me, but also took care of my family who were with me at the time of the accident. They made a huge difference; not just with saving my life, but treating me with such consideration and calm authority. They made the whole frightening incident somehow less traumatic for me. I will be forever grateful to the Magpas and I cannot thank the charity enough for being there".

Contact Magpas for your Orange Day pack by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling: 01480 371 060 and ask to speak to our fundraising team.

However you decide to support us, you will help us to continue to provide our vital service, day and night, in the Eastern Region and beyond! THANK YOU - You're a Magpas Lifesaver.

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