TODAY marks 14 years of flying and saving lives for local charity Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.
The specialist doctors, paramedics and pilots working on the front line have responded to over 700 people in desperate need of critical care this year alone. In April this year, the charity attended its 10,000th patient by air when a young male was involved in a road traffic collision near Ringwood, Hampshire, needed pre-hospital treatment.
It costs the charity, which receives no government funding, an average of £2,882 every time it is called out.
Leading the charge of appreciation is Elliott and his family from Hampshire. In June last year, HIOWAA was called to provide emergency critical care to Elliott when he collapsed on his static exercise bike at home.
Sara, Elliott’s mum, said:
“I started doing CPR, and we heard something overhead. ‘Is that Air Ambulance coming to us?’ we thought. The next thing we knew, the crew from HIOWAA were onsite. They ventilated Elliott and took charge of his breathing. I knew it was serious when everyone had turned up. I just want to thank them. It was quite the day, but every time I see the helicopter up in the air, I hope they are going to be able to help that person who needs them.”
HIOWAA Acting CEO, Sherie Williams Ellen, said:
“Over the last 14 years, with the backing of our fabulous supporters, we have worked tirelessly to provide the very best pre-hospital care to our patients. Be it husband or wife, mum or dad, son or daughter; whoever they are, every patient matters. Thank you to every single person who has donated over the past 14 years; I want every one of you to know what a vital role you have played in saving another life.”
To mark its 14th birthday, the charity has shared a short film, urging supporters to ‘Look out for us so we can look out for you’.
To help keep the charity on the front line and saving lives, please visit: www.hiowaa.org.