A HAMPSHIRE charity has reached a milestone in their support for the nation’s flying medics.
A grant of more than £4,000 donated to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons has brought the total Masonic support given to air ambulances across the country to £2 million over the last 10 years.
The grant will be used to help purchase expensive syringe drivers which will be used by the critical care team to help deliver drugs to seriously ill patients.
David Sutton, clinical lead at the HIOWAA said: “The B Braun Perfusor Space Pump is one of only a few specialist syringe drivers on the market that can be used to deliver critical care drugs in the field and in the air.
“With this grant, we will be able to purchase three of these pumps for our critical care team to use both on board the air ambulance and in our new critical care team Volvo XC90 land response vehicle.”
Mike Wilks, provincial grand master for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons added: “Countless lives are saved every year thanks to the tireless efforts of the highly skilled Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Critical Care Team.
“We are proud to be able to support the charity and to be able to play our part in helping to save lives in our community.”
Masonic groups all over the UK present more than 20 regional air ambulances with grants of varying sizes totalling £192,000 this year.