London is a great city but with only one emergency helicopter. This is a call to Richmond residents to help donate towards the final push for London’s second helicopter. London’s Air Ambulance, the charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, treated 45 patients in Richmond in 2014.
Gareth Roberts, Leader of the Richmond council Liberal Democrats, who is supporting the campaign, said: “The Air Ambulance only has one helicopter available to cover the millions of people who live, work and visit London daily. Please join me by donating towards London's second helicopter.”
Donations can be made online at yourhelicopter.london or by texting HELICOPTER to 70800 to donate £5.
Graham Hodgkin, Chief Executive Officer at London's Air Ambulance said: “It is thanks to the support of Londoners that we have raised £4 million of the £6 million target so far. We are so close to getting the second helicopter in the air and I would like to thank everyone helping us make one last plea to everyone to support the charity during ‘The Big Lift’.”
Through the acquisition of a second helicopter and by extending its daylight flying hours in the summer months, the charity will be able to reach an estimated 400 more patients per year by aircraft.
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This donation has been made in memory of our darling mum - Betty Gant. She adored London, and be very happy that her three boys have made this gesture. This will make our mum, so very happy!
Yeah, I've just helped fund the rotor drive shaft for London’s 2nd air ambulance. As a Londoner I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the courageous work done by all who are part of this invaluable service and pray I never need to meet you!!
Good luck with the fund-raising - great cause.
The work that you do is highly valued in the community. Thanking you.
Keep flying for saving lives!