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Inspirational: Near-death hot air balloon crash survivor tells her story for the first time

Inspirational: Near-death hot air balloon crash survivor tells her story for the first time

PHOTO CAPTION: Rebecca meets Magpas Dr Rupert Hurry for the first time since the balloon crash on 22nd May 2016

When 22 year old Rebecca Fry (who was living in Norwich at the time) took off in a hot air balloon on a beautiful summers morning in May last year, she felt exhilarated and ready to take in the stunning Northamptonshire scenery on high. The last thing Rebecca expected was the horrific, agonising and life-threatening incident that awaited her.

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St Albans Business Quiz leads the lifesaving way

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Take one determined lawyer and 120 representatives of companies based in and around St Albans in Hertfordshire; then introduce a hog roast, some award winning locally brewed beer and a highly commendable cause - and the result is the St Albans Business Quiz!

David Hughes is MD at niche employment law, HR advice and company contracts law consultancy, Canopy Law, based in St Albans. He found out about emergency medical charity Magpas at the Platinum Point business group and made it his mission to get an event together where people could relax and enjoy, whilst raising lifesaving funds. As soon as the venue was set at St Albans School, David started to spread the word amongst the local corporate community, asking them to come on board and challenge their grey cells.

The night itself was a roaring success, with lots of laughter, amidst the teams' knife-edged focus to win! David's fellow members of Platinum Point also stepped in to lend a hand with marshalling the event and in some cases writing some really tough quiz questions! There was also a very poignant element to the occasion, that helped highlight the importance of Magpas. Patrick O'Gallagher, the father of a Magpas former patient from Hertfordshire, bravely stood up on stage and talked about the crucial difference the organisation made for his now ten year old daughter Abaigh O'Gallagher. The Magpas Air Ambulance flew to Abaigh when she suffered critical injuries. The charity's team of a highly skilled doctor and paramedic, gave her the care she needed there and then. Abaigh has since made a fantastic recovery.

Organiser David said, "I really enjoyed hosting the Business Quiz during the St Albans Chamber of Commerce's Business Festival. I was hoping the competitive spirit would bring the St Albans business community out in force - and it worked, with 20 local businesses represented on the night. Everyone was very generous spirited and helped to raised over £1,200 in support of Air Ambulance charity Magpas. Thank you to all involved".

Magpas would like to thank David for his commitment and dedication to arranging the evening, not forgetting his natural talents as quiz master extraordinaire!
If you'd like to coordinate a fundraising event for Magpas, just call our fundraising team on (01480) 371 060 (option 2).

Help us to continue to bring trauma care by land and air to patient in life threatening emergencies, in the East of England and beyond.

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Norfolk, man suffers fall from height - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to him

Norfolk, man suffers fall from height - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to him

Norfolk, man suffers fall from height - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to him

At 11:40am this morning, Magpas Helimedix (Doctor Nick Foster and Paramedic Dan Read) arrived in Norfolk, to the west of King's Lynn, via the Magpas Air Ambulance - after a man (in his 70's) suffered a fall from the loft of an outbuilding.

The Helimedix assessed the patient who had endured chest and arm injuries. The Magpas team administered advanced pain relief (providing trauma care at the scene) and put measures into place to protect the man's injuries. The Helimedix then flew the patient to Addenbrooke's Hospital (monitoring him all the way). On arrival at the hospital, he was in a serious but stable condition.

The Helicopter team who flew the Helimedix to the scene / the patient and Helimedix to the hospital was: Chief Pilot Richard Eastwood and Crew Member Steve Hunwicks.
EEAST Ambulance Service Paramedic Crews were also present.

This is all the information we have.

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Market Deeping, car vs tree - Magpas Helimedix called to scene

Market Deeping, car vs tree - Magpas Helimedix called to scene

Market Deeping, car vs tree - Magpas Helimedix called to scene

At 2:38pm this afternoon (18th), Magpas Helimedix (Doctor Nathan Howes and Paramedic Ash Richardson) arrived in Market Deeping via a Magpas Rapid Response BMW. A car had left the road and collided into a tree, leaving a man (in his 60's) trapped inside the vehicle.

The Helimedix sedated the patient who suffered serious body injuries. After providing the man with trauma care at the scene, the Magpas team worked alongside a Fire & Rescue Crew, the Police and Ambulance Service Paramedic Crews from EEAST and EMAS - to remove the man safely from the car he was in. A Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance crew then flew the man, in a serious but stable condition, to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham for further treatment.

**This incident highlights crucial partnership working between all the emergency services present.**

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Bedfordshire, man suffers serious fall - Magpas Helimedix called out to him

Bedfordshire, man suffers serious fall - Magpas Helimedix called out to him

Bedfordshire, man suffers serious fall - Magpas Helimedix called out to him

At 10:45am this morning, Magpas Helimedix (Doctor Nathan Howes and Paramedic Ash Richardson) arrived in Bedfordshire, south of Kempston, via a Magpas Rapid Response BMW - after a man (in his 60's) suffered a fall whilst in an outbuilding.

The Helimedix assessed the patient who had endured a head injury. The Magpas team administered an anaesthetic and put measures into place to protect the man's brain (providing trauma care at the scene). The Helimedix then accompanied the patient to Addenbrooke's Hospital by land ambulance (monitoring him all the way). On arrival at the hospital, the man was in a serious but stable condition.

EEAST Ambulance Service Paramedic Crews were also present.

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Peterborough, man in skydiving incident - Magpas Helimedix fly to him

Peterborough, man in skydiving incident - Magpas Helimedix fly to him

Peterborough, man in skydiving incident - Magpas Helimedix fly to him

At 12:24pm this afternoon (15th), Magpas Helimedix (Doctor Tom Odbert and Paramedic Dan Read), arrived at an airfield in the Peterborough area via the Magpas Air Ambulance - after a man (in his 30’s) was involved in a free fall / parachute incident.

The Magpas team assessed the patient who suffered serious head, arm and leg injuries. The Helimedix anaesthetised the man (providing him with specialist trauma care on the scene), whilst working alongside an EEAST Ambulance Service Paramedic Crew. The Magpas team then flew the patient to Addenbrooke’s Hospital (monitoring him all the way). On arrival at the hospital, the man was in a serious but stable condition.

The Helicopter team who flew the Helimedix to the scene / the patient and Helimedix to the hospital was: Pilot Jim Polwarth and Crew Member George Phillips.
All the Emergency Services worked extremely well together.

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Former patient David meets the Magpas Paramedic who helped to save his life

Former patient David meets the Magpas Paramedic who helped to save his life

The morning of August 9th in 2012 started off like any other day for David Johnson. He was in the car on his way to work, when he was suddenly involved in a road incident. His car left the road and collided with a tree, leaving him with life-threatening injuries.

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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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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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Cookies Policy

Cookies Policy

Last updated: October 24, 2017

Magpas Air Ambulance ("us", "we", or "our") uses cookies on the https://www.magpas.org.uk/ website (the "Service"). By using the Service, you consent to the use of cookies.

Our Cookies Policy explains what cookies are, how we use cookies, how third-parties we may partner with may use cookies on the Service, your choices regarding cookies and further information about cookies.

What are cookies

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Cookies can be "persistent" or "session" cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your personal computer or mobile device when you go offline, while session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your web browser.

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When you use and access the Service, we may place a number of cookies files in your web browser.

We use cookies for the following purposes:

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We use both session and persistent cookies on the Service and we use different types of cookies to run the Service:

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In addition to our own cookies, we may also use various third-parties cookies to report usage statistics of the Service, deliver advertisements on and through the Service, and so on.

What are your choices regarding cookies

If you'd like to delete cookies or instruct your web browser to delete or refuse cookies, please visit the help pages of your web browser.

Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.

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Cookies Policy

Last updated: October 24, 2017

Magpas Air Ambulance ("us", "we", or "our") uses cookies on the https://www.magpas.org.uk/ website (the "Service"). By using the Service, you consent to the use of cookies.

Our Cookies Policy explains what cookies are, how we use cookies, how third-parties we may partner with may use cookies on the Service, your choices regarding cookies and further information about cookies.

What are cookies

Cookies are small pieces of text sent to your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows the Service or a third-party to recognize you and make your next visit easier and the Service more useful to you.

Cookies can be "persistent" or "session" cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your personal computer or mobile device when you go offline, while session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your web browser.

How Magpas Air Ambulance uses cookies

When you use and access the Service, we may place a number of cookies files in your web browser.

We use cookies for the following purposes:
  • To enable certain functions of the Service
  • To provide analytics
We use both session and persistent cookies on the Service and we use different types of cookies to run the Service:
  • Essential cookies. We may use essential cookies to authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts.
  • Analytics cookies. We may use analytics cookies to track information how the Service is used so that we can make improvements. We may also use analytics cookies to test new advertisements, pages, features or new functionality of the Service to see how our users react to them.

Third-party cookies

In addition to our own cookies, we may also use various third-parties cookies to report usage statistics of the Service, deliver advertisements on and through the Service, and so on.

What are your choices regarding cookies

If you'd like to delete cookies or instruct your web browser to delete or refuse cookies, please visit the help pages of your web browser.

Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.
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