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Continued support from Waitrose in Newmarket

Continued support from Waitrose in Newmarket

On Thursday the ladies form Waitrose in Newmarket came up to the Helimedix base and presented the team with a cheque for £203, all raised though the ‘Community Matters’ initiative, from last year, where they a raised a brilliant £203!

They also informed us that Magpas Air Ambulance will be the stores charity of the year throughout 2017, which is fantastic news.

A huge thank you to Tina and all the Waitrose Newmarket team for their continued support, it really makes such a difference. 

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The Honda Owners Club support Magpas!

The Honda Owners Club support Magpas!

Our Helimedix team welcomed representatives from the Honda Owners Cub to our base on Thursday and were presented with a cheque for an incredible £600!

This was due to fundraising for a 'blind auction' at their Christmas dinner event last year; a fun, inventive and brilliant way to raise money for our 24/7 service.

We all would like to thank representatives Roger, Nina, Jim, Anita, Paul, Kim and all of the Honda Owners Club for their generous donation; it really does make a lifesaving difference. 

In amendment to our previous post, we would like to clarify that the generous donation was from the entire Honda Owners Club, and not simply the Cambridgeshire branch as originally stated.

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Enthusiastic HRC students lend a hand at Magpas

For the past six weeks we have been hugely fortunate to be joined by Tom Gaudin and Ilayda Bulbal, two Huntingdonshire Regional College students assisting us in our fundraising department as part of their work experience.

Both Tom and llayda got stuck in to a huge variety of tasks; from administration, database entry and general paperwork, to helping stock and sort our charity shop and joining the team out on fundraising ventures.

We hope they gained some valuable experience working both in the charity sector and within the community with us at Magpas, we certainly enjoyed having them with us, they were great fun and showed commitment and a willingness to get involved. We will miss them and we thank both Tom and Ilayda for all their hard work and good luck with their studies!

If anyone else would be interested in any work experience please contact us on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Alex ran Chicago for Magpas!

Alex ran Chicago for Magpas!

In October Alex ran the Chicago marathon - all in aid of Magpas Air Ambulance!

In the baking heat, Alex ran the marathon in a brilliant time of 4 hrs 13 min. Alex was carrying a knee injury but he still beat his PB time by 6 minutes! A brilliant achievement, and one that his brother and two friends were there to witness, which they then celebrated by having a few days sightseeing (and recovering) in the windy city.

Alex raised an incredible £1602.51 for Magpas, a phenomenal amount. Congratulations and thank you Alex!

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Sunflower Seed pre-school support Magpas!

Sunflower Seed pre-school support Magpas!

The Sunflower Seed pre-school in Northborough got involved with fundraising and raising awareness for Magpas by colouring in pictures, wearing stickers, learning about the helicopter and how the missions work, as well as collecting for us, and donating their spare pennies.

We want to say a huge thank you to Sunflower Seed pre-school for all their continued support!

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Krafty Kats’ creative window prize is donated to local lifesavers

Krafty Kats’ creative window prize is donated to local lifesavers

Arts and crafts store Krafty Kats has donated its prize money from a Best Dressed Christmas Window contest in 2014, to air ambulance charity Magpas.

The creative shop, which has been running for 14 years, entered into the festive competition organised by the Huntingdon Town Council and was awarded second place, along with a cash prize of £50.

Krafty Kats, based on Huntingdon’s High Street, handed over the cheque last week to Magpas CEO and Huntingdon’s Deputy Mayor, Daryl Brown.

Leeanda, co-owner of the shop, said, “It feels great to have donated our prize winnings to Magpas. We chose the charity because it’s local and they do a brilliant job.”

Daryl Brown added, “We’re very grateful to Krafty Kats for donating the money to Magpas. Local support like theirs is crucial in helping us continue to provide lifesaving care by land and air, 24/7, to patients in life-threatening emergencies.”

The Best Dressed Window Competition will be running again this Christmas, with judging taking place in early December, so get decorating!

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Handelsbanken bowls us over for the seventh year

Handelsbanken bowls us over for the seventh year

Last week the Cambridge Handelsbanken team held their annual corporate Charity Bowling Event, which for the seventh year running has supported Magpas.

The venue was packed out, with over 150 people from businesses around the Eastern Region taking part in the fun-filled fundraiser. 52 teams in total took to the lanes and the bowling soon got underway!

The event raised an impressive £4250 for Magpas through ticket sales and a raffle, making the bowling night the most successful yet!

Antonia Brickell, Head of Communications at Magpas said, “We can’t thank Handelsbanken enough for their dedicated support. Their annual bowling events have raised many thousands of pounds for Magpas, helping us continue to provide lifesaving care by land and air, 24/7.”

You can fundraise for Magpas and help save a life. Call 01480 371060 (Option 2) to find out how. 

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Cambridge solicitors take to the skies in the name of Magpas!

Cambridge solicitors take to the skies in the name of Magpas!

A group from Irwin Mitchell’s Cambridge team courageously jumped out of a perfectly functional aircraft earlier this month (with a parachute on), as part of an annual Magpas fundraiser.

Solicitors Phoebe, Shereen and Rob all signed up to the Magpas Skydive in Peterborough, helping to raise even more money for the law firm’s chosen charity of the year.

On July 12th, the group arrived at the Sibson Airfield, looking slightly apprehensive, but on the whole very excited. After getting geared up and being briefed on what exactly they were letting themselves in for, Phoebe, Rob and Shereen were ready and raring to go.

Unfortunately, being a traditional British summer’s day, it then began to rain. Rain soon turned to monsoon, and it started to look like it would never hold up. After what seemed like hours of waiting around, there was finally a break in the clouds, and the sun made a long awaited appearance.

Seizing the opportunity, the skydivers piled into an aeroplane, ready to take them up to 12,000 feet, where they’d all make first ever tandem free fall.

Phoebe said, “I loved the experience - it was amazing and we all had an absolutely incredible time. The jump was totally surreal and I had a fantastic instructor from UK Parachuting who tested my limits of bravery and put my mind at ease! I can now tick this off my bucket list having fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition. I’m so pleased I helped to raise lots of money for Magpas!”

Antonia Brickell, Head of Communications at Magpas, said, “This brave bunch of lawyers have gone beyond the norm with their support, opting for this adrenaline fuelled fundraiser. We are hugely grateful to them for helping us continue to bring trauma care, by land and by air, to patients with life threatening injuries in Cambridgeshire, the East of England and beyond. If you’d like to find out more about next year’s Magpas Skydive then please call 01480 371060 (Option 2). ”  

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Peterborough embraces lifesaving fitness-fest

Peterborough embraces lifesaving fitness-fest

After the success of the first ever BRoW (bike, run or walk) for Magpas on Saturday it’s sure to not be the last!

The sun shone on Ferry Meadows in Peterborough as the first of the sporty fundraisers turned up to register and collect their wristbands, ready to take on the challenge ahead. There was even a visit from a special guest, the Mayor of Peterborough John Peach, who was there to open the event and wish everyone good luck.

The day went on as it had started.  There was a brilliant atmosphere as groups of friends and families came together to enjoy the event, raising money to help Magpas continue to save lives.

With the choice of a 5k bike or run, or a 3k walk round the Ferry Meadows Park, some keen individuals decided to go the extra mile, with one lady cycling 30 kilometres in total!

The grand fundraising total will be counted up by the end of the month, but in the meantime BRoW managed to raise £300 alone on the day for Magpas, thanks to a tombola stall amongst others, with prizes including two tickets to Newmarket Races and two tickets to a Peterborough United match (courtesy of Newmarket Racecourse and Peterborough United Football Club).

Anna Dutton, BRoW event organiser and Magpas fundraising volunteer, said, “BRoW exceeded all expectations. It was a fantastic day and I’d like to say a big thank you to everybody who took part, and to all the helpers and marshals; without them the event would not be possible. Everyone worked so well together and it all ran very smoothly; I’m already excited for next year’s event! This is all about helping Magpas continue to bring trauma care by land and by air, to those in life threatening emergencies.”

The next BRoW for Magpas will be held on 30th July 2016 at Ferry Meadows, Peterborough. If you’d like to help out, or for more information, then please call Anna Dutton on 01480 371 060 (Option 2).

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Get ready for BRoW for Magpas Helimedix!

Get ready for BRoW for Magpas Helimedix!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Magpas Helimedix bow in awe of Kershaw

Magpas Helimedix bow in awe of Kershaw

When the Kershaw Group last stopped by the Magpas Operations base they had the Magpas Helimedix team bowing in honour of their fundraising triumphs.

For five years in a row now the Cambridgeshire-based construction company have chosen to support Magpas as their charity of the year. The Helimedix knelt down as Kershaw grandly presented their latest donation of £3,116, bringing the group’s fundraising total so far to a fantastic £16,687!

It’s thanks to their annual celebratory lunch, raffle and auction that the loyal Magpas supporters have managed to raise the lifesaving funds.

Peggy Burch, team secretary, says “The company has chosen to support Magpas for a fifth year because of the vital lifesaving work that the charity does; it’s incredible. What stands out about Magpas is the commitment and dedication of the volunteer doctors and paramedics who give up their own time to work for this charity. The public needs to support Magpas Helimedix as they never know when they might need these lifesaving experts.”

Antonia Brickell, Head of Communications at Magpas, says, “Magpas’s service continues to evolve to provide the highest standard of specialist care for patients in life threatening situations. We couldn’t do what we do without the help from dedicated supporters like Kershaw; we are hugely grateful.”

To find out how you can support Magpas, please contact the Fundraising Team on 01480 371060 (Option 2), or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Spontaneous donation for frontline medical care

Spontaneous donation for frontline medical care

Insurance and Financial services group Gibbs Denley immediately put their hands in their pockets after they were given an exclusive tour of the Magpas Helimedix Base at RAF Wyton recently. This came about after choosing to support Magpas as their Charity of the Year.

The visit to the base made a considerable impact on the group, so much so that they made a generous financial donation to the emergency medical charity there and then. Their support will help Magpas Helimedix continue to bring A&E care to those in life threatening situations, throughout the East of England and beyond.

Gibbs Denley, who are based in Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds, will also be organising dress down days, raffles, and coffee mornings as part of their Charity of the Year fundraising for Magpas.

After visiting the Helimedix Base, Elaine Pink, Marketing and Development Manager at Gibbs Denley, said, “We’re really impressed by the service Magpas Helimedix provides. The dedicated team of volunteer paramedics and doctors give up their own time to help run this amazing life-saving service, making it even more important that as a company we will do what we can to help.  This local charity relies entirely on public donations; we can help by raising funds and awareness.”

Debbie Florence, Head of Fundraising at Magpas, says, “We’re thrilled that Gibbs Denley have chosen Magpas as their charity of the year, the support they have already given is fantastic. Corporations like Gibbs Denley are crucial in helping Magpas continue to provide its lifesaving service- we can’t thank them enough.”

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Why not march for Magpas?

Why not march for Magpas?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Cambridge cook up a lifesaving storm!

The Cambridge cook up a lifesaving storm!

Cambridge Building Society dropped in to the Magpas Operations Base to cook the Helimedix team a full English breakfast!

After Magpas was chosen as Cambridge Building Society’s charity of the month, staff arrived at the Helimedix HQ with bags full to the brim with food, ready to whip up a delicious fry up for the lifesaving team on shift that day.

It was all go from then on, the breakfast cooks took over the Helimedix kitchen, and the smell of bacon and eggs soon filled the room.

It wasn’t long before the Cambridge Building Society supporters had dished up their culinary masterpiece and the Helimedix were sitting down to enjoy their huge plates of food.

After they had devoured everything in sight, Magpas Helimedix Paramedic Dan Read, Doctor Ben Teasdale, Pilot Andy Figg and Crew Member Adam Bright thanked the chefs for their delicious efforts by taking them on a VIP tour of the Helimedix base, explaining in detail how the lifesaving service works, which included a look inside the Magpas Helimedix Air Ambulance.

Just as the Helimedix were finishing their exclusive tour, the alarm sounded, meaning the Helimedix were needed to attend an emergency incident. The team grabbed their helmets and headed for the helicopter, bouncing with energy thanks to their hearty breakfasts.

Marianne, Mortgage Adviser at Cambridge Building Society, said, “It feels great to have cooked the team breakfast, we wanted to do something for Magpas as it’s a local charity which provides such an important and life changing service.”

She added, “Our tour of the base was brilliant, the Helimedix are so passionate and their knowledge is incredible. The fact that the majority of the doctors and paramedics are volunteers who give up their own time is just amazing. You never know when you, or your friends and family, might need Magpas!”

Lydia Foster from Magpas Helimedix said, “We are thrilled to be working with Cambridge Building Society yet again, it’s been a pleasure to work alongside them over the past few years. Their support will help Magpas Helimedix continue to bring specialist A&E care, by land and by air, to those in life threatening emergencies.”

Cambridge Building Society also got involved in Magpas Orange Day on Friday 15th May, where all Head Office staff wore something orange. 

 

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Is your business top of the class?

Is your business top of the class?

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

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

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

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

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For all you BBQ food fanatics…

For all you BBQ food fanatics…

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Jenny and Dave take on Peru's Inca Trail for Magpas!

Jenny and Dave take on Peru's Inca Trail for Magpas!

Supporter Jenny Limb and friend Dave Williams will be taking on the epic challenge of Peru’s Inca Trail, all in aid of Magpas Helimedix!

On August 18th, the duo will be embarking on the gruelling 4 day challenge, which will consist of a 43km hike up the mountains, ending at Machu Picchu.

This will be the first time that Jenny, a Wyton resident, has taken on a challenge of this kind.

Jenny says, “I am fundraising for Magpas Helimedix because they save lives, and for me nothing is more important than that. Magpas provides an incredible service and you never know when you might need them!”

Please support Jenny and Dave in their mammoth fundraiser!  You can donate via their Just Giving pages.

Jenny's page: https://www.justgiving.com/Jennifer-Limb/

Dave's page: https://www.justgiving.com/Dave-Williams0477/

 

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Ouse Washes Experience raises hundreds for Magpas

Ouse Washes Experience raises hundreds for Magpas

Photo caption: Xander Brown presenting the cheque to Emma Sanders, Magpas Fundraising Co-ordinator

The Ely-Hereward Rotary Club raised £775 for Magpas at their Ouse Washes Experience event in September last year.

Magpas Fundraising Co-ordinator Emma Sanders was a guest at the Rotary Club’s meeting last week where she was invited to give a talk on Magpas and the lifesaving service it provides. Emma was then presented the cheque at the meeting by Xander Brown, the event’s youngest entrant.

The Ouse Washes Experience offers the choice of walking, running or cycling round a track near the Old Bedford River. The next event will be held on Sunday 20th September 2015. Although Magpas will not be headline charity this year, there is the option of entering and raising money for a charity of your choice, so you will still be able to fundraise for us.

Visit http://www.walk-run-cycle.org.uk/ for more information.

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Legal eagles fund specialist kit for lifesavers

Legal eagles fund specialist kit for lifesavers

The Cambridge team at law firm Irwin Mitchell have donated £1,500 to buy vital medical consumables, including lifesaving drugs and dressings. This investment equates to a month's worth of crucial kit for specialist emergency medical charity Magpas to use, when bringing A&E care by land and by air to patients in life threatening situations.

Having chosen Magpas as their charity of the year, this group of solicitors will be working hard to organise a variety of fundraising events, including the 3 Peaks climbing challenge.

Neil Whiteley, Regional Managing Partner at Irwin Mitchell, says, "We are delighted to be working with Magpas. We are very aware of the amazing work that the Magpas Helimedix team do, helping to save the lives of seriously ill or injured people across the region. It's great to know that these initial funds make such a difference, there couldn't be a better reason for making a donation than to help save a life. But now the real work begins!"

Magpas receives no direct Government funding and relies entirely on public donations. Support from corporations like Irwin Mitchell is crucial for the charity to continue to provide its essential service.

Antonia Brickell, Head of Communications at Magpas, says, "On behalf of Magpas Helimedix, I would like to thank Irwin Mitchell for their generous and thoughtful donation: funding a month's worth of equipment will help to make a critical difference.
At Magpas, we know life is precious. Our key focus has always been to deliver specialist care, within the right time frame, where it is needed most. Our prime goal is not only to save people's lives, but for them to recover more quickly, spend less time in hospital and return to a decent quality of life with their loved ones. Partnering with Irwin Mitchell is a huge privilege and we look forward to promoting their continued support over the coming months."

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East Anglian Road Run Update

East Anglian Road Run Update

A committee of volunteers have been organising the East Anglian Road Run in aid of Magpas for the past three years from Burwash Manor. However the committee are unfortunately unable to carry on organising the event, due to other commitments. Therefore there will be no East Anglian Road Run in aid of Magpas this year.

However, we are thrilled to tell you that one of our Fundraising Volunteers is planning on having the event up and running again for 2016. Our Fundraising Volunteer is looking for a new group of committee members to help with the organisation, so if you would like to help then we would be delighted to pass your details on. Please contact our Fundraising Team on 01480 371060 (Option 2).

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