Like you, we have been watching the development of the COVID-19 outbreak over recent days and taking guidance from the latest information available. Our priority is to ensure the safety of our patients, our crew, our staff and volunteers whilst maintaining our emergency medical services for the communities we serve. We are a lifesaving organisation; continuing to respond to patients is as important now as it has ever been.
We want to reassure you that our Air Ambulance medical teams remain active across the region and have been equipped and trained to do so in the safest way possible. Magpas will continue to follow the latest Public Health and Government advice across our organisation. As a result, we have reduced the number of non-clinical staff in our offices and are promoting home working where appropriate. You can still talk to us on: 01480 371 060 or you can email us at: [email protected] and we will get back to you as usual.
Whilst we will do all we can to maintain operations as normal, many of our fundraising activities have to stop. Being out in the community, supporting those who fundraise for us, at events and challenges, as well as talking to people about our lifesaving work in businesses and schools has always been at the heart of what we do. This activity also provides us with vital funds. As a charity, we are solely reliant on donations to continue to operate 24/7. Our current estimate is that our income over the coming months will be £200,000 lower than previously expected; an amount which would normally allow us to respond to over 60 patients.
We know that we are not alone in having to deal with the financial impact of this pandemic and appreciate that these unprecedented times will put additional strain on many. We have always been fortunate to receive fantastic support from the public; this is what keeps us going – so if you are able to donate today, then you can do so below.
The coming weeks will be more difficult for all of us, but particularly for our teams on the front line. Thank you for your continued support, it really is appreciated.