Magpas News Stories
Staff at Thomas Morris didn’t just go orange; they went above and beyond for Magpas Air Ambulance’s annual Orange Day! The Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire based estate agents pledged to raise £5,000 this May for our lifesaving service – and they didn’t disappoint!
Each branch of the estate agents came up with their own fundraising idea and set out to raise as much money as they could for Magpas. Some wore orange for the day, donning some interesting bright orange suits, and donated money; others hosted bake sales and raffles for the local community. Two very notable fundraising exploits consisted of a car push and a netball tournament and the company even turned their website orange for the whole month of May!
The netball tournament was a huge success! 18 teams took part on the day; everyone got together alongside their spectators and supporters, and competed in the charity tournament. The sunshine was out; there was a BBQ, bouncy castle, cake sale and raffle throughout the day. Teams of all abilities took part and had a lot of fun, and in the end it was The Cherries who took home the trophy.
The car push was an event that we’ve never seen before. Staff from Thomas Morris pushed one of the Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response vehicles for 24 miles in just 7 hours (to represent our 24/7 lifesaving service)! They got off to a slow start; however they soon found their stride and managed to complete the challenge in 7 hours on the dot! The people taking part were sponsored by friends, family and local companies.
The guys and girls at Thomas Morris have outdone themselves this year, they have smashed their original target and raised well over £5,000 for Magpas Air Ambulance! We are so grateful to have such committed and enthusiastic supporters!
If you wish to support Thomas Morris in aid of Magpas Air Ambulance just donate to their Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ThomasMorrisSalesAndLettings
You could sponsor our very own Magpas Doctor Saad Jawaid, who has decided to jump out of a plane at 13,000ft to raise vital funds for Magpas Air Ambulance!
Saad has been a doctor for more than a decade, and has worked in the emergency department for over 7 years. He worked in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan before moving to the UK with his family in 2012 to develop his career further. Doctor Saad Jawaid currently splits his time between working with Magpas Air Ambulance, forming one of the crucial members of our enhanced medical team, and at Royal Leicester Infirmary. Saad brings his specialist skills by land and by air to patients in life threatening emergencies across the East of England and beyond.
When talking about Magpas Air Ambulance and what he thinks of the charity Doctor Saad Jawaid says ‘It took no time at all for me to become thoroughly inspired by Magpas Air Ambulance. Over the last few months, I’ve attended numerous emergency call outs alongside a critical care paramedic, where we have needed to provide lifesaving treatments on the road side. These patients had little or no chance of reaching the hospital alive, but Magpas doesn't believe that quality care is limited to the boundaries of the hospital, as a result we take A&E level care to the patient.’
The fact that Magpas Air Ambulance relies on generous public donations to continue to provide essential lifesaving care is why Saad decided to take part in the annual Magpas Air Ambulance skydive. He explains ‘the crucial difference we can make has inspired me to fundraise and skydive for Magpas Air Ambulance - despite my fear of heights. It’s just beautiful to know that I’ll be able to pitch in a little for a charity that has been doing outstanding work, and setting the highest standards, for almost half a century.’
You can sponsor Dr Saad Jawaid and help him to provide critically ill patients with his specialist skills and the utmost level of care wherever they may be.
• £14 could pay for Saad to provide a seriously ill patient, who needs to be sedated at the scene, with a shot of Ketamine.
• £20 could pay for a thermal blanket, and as Saad said, ‘Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine is not all about blood and knives. A recent experience of attending a young patient involved in a car crash taught me that a fast heart rate and cold hands can be treated by a blanket, a warm ambulance cabin and few comforting words.’
• You could even sponsor him £55, which would finance the rapid response vehicle our doctors and paramedics use, when it is quicker to get to a patient by land, for an entire day.
Help Doctor Saad save a life and sponsor him at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/saad-jawaid
Get seriously out of your comfort zone this summer with a charity skydive for Magpas Air Ambulance.
Ever wondered what it would be like to throw yourself out of an aeroplane at 13,000 feet? No? Well now you can do it for real. Earn bravery points and impress your friends while raising essential funds for our lifesaving work.
Our annual skydive is taking place in July and we'd love for you to take part. Why not sign up your friends, colleagues and family to do it with you?
Date: Saturday 2nd July
Location: Sibson Airfield, near Peterborough
Costs: £200 to cover the cost of your skydive
We recommend a minimum fundraising target of £100
Still not sure? Check out what our brave jumpers got up to last year.
Terms and conditions apply including weight and age limits. Contact us for more information.
We are rooting for our supporter Colin Ireland for his Magpas Challenge tomorrow. Colin will be taking part in a 7 day trip
with 5 days walking on parts of the Great Wall of China! There are many challenges facing him along the way and roughly 60km walking in total. Colin's walk is in memory of his son Drew and you can support him yourself from the comfort of your own home via his Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/drew-ireland. Thank you and best of luck Colin!
Christmas is approaching and what better way of kick-starting the festivities with a Santa Run?! You can support Magpas in a Santa suit....it clashes with our orange but that's okay, don't let that put you off! You can either participate in a 5km or a 10km route. If you do the 10km then you can have an extra mince pie! It's a win win situation. If you would rather support us in the traditional way of JustGiving then please visit our page https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/magpas/SupportMagpas247
Simon Whittaker is taking on one big challenge for Magpas - cycling 303 miles in just 2 days! Yes you read that right, 2 days to travel from Scotland to March, Cambs! Good luck for your trip which starts tomorrow Simon and don't forget to stand up off your seat every now and then!
It's not too late to support Simon, just see his JustGiving page to make a donation to this athletic supporter!
Phoebe Osbourne is going to throw herself out of a plane in the name of fundraising! Thank you Phoebe for taking part on 12th July along with some of your colleagues from Irwin Mitchell. We are very lucky to be this Cambridge law firm's Charity of the Year. Great support, thank you! To support Phoebe please see her Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/Phoebe-Osborne6/
Shilpa and her sister are taking part in the first BRoW for Magpas on July 25th. Bike, Run or Walk around Ferry Meadows in Peterborough - it isn't too late for you to join them on the day. For furthjer information on the event please see http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bike-run-or-walk-for-magpas-brow-around-ferry-meadows-tickets-14721708025. To support Shilpa and her sister please visit their Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/Shilpa-Desai-Sakaldip/
Thank you so much ladies, we're looking forward to seeing you there!
We have amazing volunteers who set themselves fundraising challenges to raise money for Magpas and we think this is possibly one of the furthest away marathons run for us! Alex has been offered a place in the Chicago Marathon in October.
Alex wanted to combine his determination to beat his London Marathon time and his desire to visit America in one go and came up with the brilliant plan. He heard all about Magpas through his work colleagues and looked in to our work on this website. He was very inspired by what he saw and chose Magpas to be the charity to run for. We are very lucky to have your support Alex and thank you very much. To support Alex please visit his Virgin Money page www.virginmoneygiving.com/AlexAshley. Good luck from us all Alex!
Neil and Paul are on a mission to raise enough money to cover the cost of a lifesaving flight for the Helimedix team in the Magpas Helicopter. What a fantastic challenge, thank you so much guys! We hope your chosen date of July 25th is a sunny and bright one for you. Emma in our fundraising team certainly hopes so as it's also her birthday!
To support these wonderful gentlemen please visit their Just Giving page on the following link - https://www.justgiving.com/Neil-Whiteley/
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/
Kelly Emmerson, one of our amazing Fundraising Volunteers will be raising money for Magpas at the BRoW for Magpas event on July 25th at Ferry Meadows. If you would like to support Kelly with her fundraising then please see her Just Giving page
Good luck Kelly, we'll see you there!
For further information on BRoW for Magpas then please see our link http://www.magpas.org.uk/support-us/upcoming-events/entry/brow-for-magpas-is-coming
Once again Peter puts the miles in for Magpas
Peter German is taking on the challenge of the Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday 8th March 2015 to raise money for Magpas Helimedix, helping us continue to bring A&E care to patients in life threatening emergencies.
Four years ago he ran the London Marathon to raise funds for the charity. Still dedicated to our cause, Peter has generously chosen to support us yet again, by taking to the tarmac.
Peter says, “Having run the London Marathon previously for national charities, I decided to run in 2011 for Magpas. The reason being that Magpas provides a wonderful service and is local so I can actually see my fundraising money at work. I am running the Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday 8th March and once again in honour of Magpas, so if anyone feels able in these difficult times to support this wonderful charity, they can be assured that the money will be put to good use in Cambridgeshire and beyond.”
You can sponsor Peter and help fundraise for Magpas’s lifesaving service by logging onto his JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Peter-German2/
Russell Neve and Sam Knightley also known as Team Crazy are running the 5k go insane in Peterborough in memory of a very special friend they both lost on the 28th December very suddenly.
Russell says: 'We are members of a motorcycle club called the HBF and Fran was a very much loved and cared for member of the club. We do fundraising events, but very close to Fran's heart was Magpas so Sam lovingly entered herself into the challenge and I followed suit shortly after for the simple fact of, we are both daft, but felt we had to do something to raise funds for a great charity and dedicate it to Fran's memory'.
We would like to wish them both the very best for the training and the event itself and say thank you for this amazing challenge.
If you would like to support the guys, then please visit their Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/Team-crazy/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Team-crazy&utm_campaign=pfp-share-mobile
Have you considered doing something mad for charity but don't quite know how to go about it? Well Skyline events could help you raise money for Magpas. Please see their website http://www.skylinecharity.co.uk/home.aspx for ideas, help and guidance for skydives, mammoth treks and cycle rides both here and abroad.
Photo caption: Daniel Milson eating his first chocolate for 368 days - all in the name of Magpas lifesavers!
Daniel Milson, from near Yaxley, has just completed the kind of challenge that would leave your average person (be they adult or teenager), quaking in their shoes at the sheer prospect...especially during the recent festive season!
On the morning of 1st January last year, 13 year old Dan suddenly announced to his family that he was going to give up chocolate for a whole 365 days and ever since, he has stuck to his pact without so much of a sniff of a Mars Bar! Not even his Home Economics class, with all his form mates cooking a yule chocolate log, could temp him to the dark side. Instead, he was the only student to opt for making a Swiss Roll. As if that isn't impressive enough, Dan waited an extra three whole days, until the first weekend of the new year, to be awarded his first taste of cocoa by the lifesaving team he's been raising funds for over the past 12 months.
Dan's mum Mel explains, "We're so impressed by his will power and strong mindedness, not once has he dissappeared for a sneaky chocolate bar". Mel goes on to say, "I've got so used to checking the ingredients of anything I'm cooking, for any sign of chocolate; Daniel's been really strict about everything and anything he been eating".
It was Hilary, Dan's aunt, who suggested he choose a locally based charity to support during his sponsored chocolate fast. She told Dan all about the organisation she and her work colleagues support - and very soon, his mind was made up. Peterborough, Cambridge and Northampton based recruitment specialists THE ONE GROUP have been supporting Magpas Helimedix for over seven years now. Magpas brings A&E care by land or by air, to patients with life threatening injuries, in the East of England and beyond.
Ever since making his decision as to who to raise funds for, Dan has been 100% committed to the cause. He says, "Knowing what this charity does is very inspiring, with people giving up their time to save lives, whether it's day or night".
Mum Mel points out, "None of us know when we might need Magpas Helimedix, it's the perfect choice of charity. Even Daniel's younger brother James (who's 10) is on board and has donated his pocket money too".
To honour Daniel's fasting accomplishment and £500 fundraising target; he and his family visited the Magpas Helimedix Operations Base. The Magpas Helimedix team on shift presented Daniel with his favourite type of chocolate, in front of the Magpas Helimedix Air Ambulance and Rapid Response BMWs, to thank him for supporting the crucial service Magpas provides. Daniel has at last broken his 12 month and 3 day pact to finally take his first, well-earned bite of CHOCOLATE!
Magpas Helimedix Paramedic Dan Read said, "We rely wholly on charitable funding to be able to do what we do at Magpas. What Dan has done is hugely impressive, we're really grateful to him for supporting us, so that we can continue to help patients in their moment of need".