Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance marks fifth birthday

Daily Echo: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

IT has saved hundreds of lives in its five-year history.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is celebrating its fifth birthday and thanking a generous public who have donated more than £9m in that time to keep it in the air.

Since it was launched in 2007, it has undertaken more than 3,780 missions – including everything from road accidents and cardiac arrests, to rugby injuries or fires.

Crews do an average three call-outs a day and there are two permanent pilots as well as relief pilots.

Flights will normally take two paramedics, seconded from the South Central Ambulance Service and often a BASICS volunteer doctor.

It costs more than £3,600 per day to keep it flying.

The air ambulance’s fifth anniversary was celebrated by 4,500 people at a Birthday Summer Fair at Popham Airfield.

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10:44pm Mon 16 Jul 12

IronLady2010 says...

Great job they do too!

I've made a small donation, we can all do the same here.... No matter how small it keeps this service going, you never know when you may need it!

http://www.hiow-aira
mbulance.org.uk/page
.cfm/donate
Great job they do too! I've made a small donation, we can all do the same here.... No matter how small it keeps this service going, you never know when you may need it! http://www.hiow-aira mbulance.org.uk/page .cfm/donate IronLady2010
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