Feeling disappointed that so many local ploughing matches are being postponed or cancelled because of the Covid-19 crisis? Well VPlough’20 have the solution!
VPlpough’20 is a fully virtual event where you can showcase your skills or your machinery, see all the competitors work and interact with trade stands and sponsors, with the potential to win cash prizes! Enter online, choose to support Magpas Air Ambulance from the drop down menu in the entry form and upload images and videos of your entry. Judging will take place on 26th September!
“The event will be judged virtually by a team of experienced and knowledgeable judges and awards given for best in class. While the event cannot replace a real ploughing match, we hope it will be a fun event to participate in, as well as raise money for our much valued air ambulance services!”
Entries for the Ploughing Classes and Machinery Showing Classes are now OPEN! Find out more and enter here
Magpas Air Ambulance is based in Cambridgeshire, and due to the rural region our charity covers, the Magpas advanced medical team are often called to farmers or people who have been seriously injured in agricultural incidents. 3 year old George needed the specialist skills of the Magpas Air Ambulance medics last year when his leg got trapped in a tractor lawn mower.
Magpas Air Ambulance flew to George at the family farm, in Ringstead near Wellingborough, where the accident happened. Magpas Doctor Vijayasankar and Critical Care Paramedic Ollie Robinson worked alongside East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) paramedics to give George the vital care he needed at the scene, before flying George onto Addenbrooke’s Hospital for major surgery.
George’s mum Natasha explained what happened that day: “Within a matter of minutes Magpas Air Ambulance were there with George. Their team were just incredible and so were the ambulance service crew. My husband Will actually went in the helicopter with George which I was just so grateful for – so his dad could be with him to hold his hand and look after him.”
George in hospital
George spent three weeks undergoing treatment, and may need more skin grafts, but has since made a great recovery and his injury hasn’t affected his ability to walk or run either. Following the incident George’s family decided to fundraise for the air ambulance charity that saved his leg and auctioned off a rare breed sheep – aptly named Minni the Magpas Air Ambulance sheep.
Dad Will summed up by saying, “The day of George’s accident was probably the worst day of my life… it was just so horrific… I couldn’t be more grateful to Magpas Air Ambulance for what they did for my son and that’s why we want to help to keep their helicopter in the skies.”
George and his family at Thrapston Livestock Market after the auction