Our charity partner – The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
We are delighted to announce our charity partner for the National Bikesafe 2016 Show and Track Event will be The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. www.wnaa.co.uk
THEIR RAPID RESPONSE TIME TO TRAUMA & MEDICAL EMERGENCY CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH.
WNAA attend around 1000 missions a year – each costing around £1700. They provide the best possible pre-hospital care and rapid transport to specialist hospitals, to those suffering serious injury and illness. WNAA receive no Government funding, relying solely on donations.
They fly two regional air ambulances, across the counties of Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland. These two helicopters provide a rapid response to trauma and medical emergencies over an area of 3850 square miles covering many of the UK’s major road networks including the M1, M6, M69 and M42. With an average response of just 13 minutes, between them they attend on average 6 missions a day.
You may well have seen them in the skies above you. They’ve saved thousands of lives in our community. they need your help to save thousands more.
WNAA will be there on the day collecting and proceeds from the gate also going to this cause.
We are passionate about supporting the service and, not only close to our hearts, but close to Lee Anderson, whose life was saved by air ambulance staff after a serious bike crash.
Lee can’t remember much about his life-saving helicopter journey from the A508 in Northamptonshire to Coventry Hospital, but he does know that without the air ambulance’s help, he is unlikely to be alive.
He said: “What happened to me could happen to anyone. My wheel was faulty and I slid 40 metres into a telegraph post which broke a lot of my ribs and my collarbone in four places.
“I have thought a lot about it since it happened and the more I think about it the more I owe them. The last thing I remember is telling them that I couldn’t breathe. I found out later that my lungs had filled with blood.
“The air ambulance came with a doctor who gave me pain-killing drugs, used a scalpel to get into my ribs and pushed into my lungs to release the pressure and I was taken to Walsgrave University Hospital.
“The journey would have taken more than 30 minutes by ambulance – by air it took six.
“I think that, with the help of the doctor who was also transported to the roadside by air ambulance, it made all the difference.”
Mr Anderson, 48, was in a critical condition for 24 hours until he was moved to the cardio-thoracic ward for a week.
He was fitted with a new metal collarbone and six weeks after the crash he was back to work.
He added: “I was saved by a team of people – not only the doctor and the pilot and paramedic, but also the people who shake collection tins on street corners, the fundraisers, which is why I think it is important to support air ambulance week.
“We need the pilot, the doctor the paramedic – the whole team to make it work, and that is expensive, but there’s no doubt that it saves lives.
“While one-off donations are great we are desperate for companies to choose the air ambulance as their charity of the year.”
Lee is urging people to visit the National Bikesafe Show and Track event at the Rockingham Circuit to support the air ambulance.
The air ambulance receives no Government or National Lottery funding and needs to raise £1.7m each year just to keep flying and saving lives.
In August alone the specialist crew flew more than 80 times to save lives.