13-Nov-2013 Source: Herts Air Ambulance
Herts Air Ambulance celebrates 5 years of being in operation and saving lives across Hertfordshire.
To mark this very special milestone the Charity hosted a celebration evening for its supporters at the prestigious Haileybury College in Hertford with special guest Ray Winstone our new celebrity patron!
Guests enjoyed a drinks reception and dinner followed by “Strictly” style entertainment with an award winning dance showcase by Ben Milan-Vega and Kerry Dennehy from Britain’s Got Talent. There was a Charity raffle and auction on the night with some fantastic prizes up for grabs including a VIP ‘Behind the Scenes’ Tour of Stansted Airport plus a cruise along the Thames on a 5* barge for 6 people with lunch cooked by an on board chef. Thanks to everyone who attended and supported the event, a fantastic £2,000 was raised for the Charity.
Five years ago Herts Air Ambulance launched the service at Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage unveiling the helicopter to its supporters. On 5th November 2013, the county’s life-saving helicopter returned to Fairlands Valley Park on the day of their annual fireworks display for a special landing to mark the occasion.
Stuart Elms, Clinical Manager for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, said: “The Herts Air Ambulance launched after a need was identified to provide the people of Hertfordshire with the same high performance medical team of experienced Pilots, Specialist Doctors and Critical Care Paramedics for serious injury and illness as found in Essex. On 5th November 2008 the Herts Air Ambulance went live and this Tuesday, celebrated 5 years of saving lives in your county. Working closely with its sister aircraft in Essex and the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) Team have saved lives, reduced or prevented disability and suffering from critical illness or injury. Providing state of the art care and equipment to the people of Hertfordshire and beyond, this dedicated team of professionals completely rely on charitable funding to function.”
Dawn Easby, Herts Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, adds: “We are all extremely proud to have reached this important milestone, we couldn’t have achieved this without the amazing support of the people of Hertfordshire and local businesses, schools and organisations who have been behind us every step of the way, ever since we first started fundraising for the helicopter back in April 2007. The momentum just keeps on building with every day that passes, and it is thanks to you that we are able to keep raising sufficient funds to keep this vital life-saving service flying and saving precious lives.”
Since its launch in November 2008, the Herts Air Ambulance has flown over 1,800 missions and airlifted hundreds of patients. Thanks to the people of Hertfordshire who have raised over £3.7 million over the past five years; the service remains operational.
The Charity receives no direct funding from the Government and is reliant on people like you and local businesses to continue to support us and raise the vital funds needed to keep flying.