This weekend we had some superheroes drop in on us at The Grange. Pilot Marcus Doyle, specialist paramedic Julian Hannah and doctor Nick Maskery from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance flew into The Grange to kick off proceedings for a charity fundraising ball. 250 guests were given the opportunity to meet the crew, see up close the helicopter & response vehicle and hear about the life-saving work this incredible team of individuals carries out on a daily basis in our region.
This invaluable charity brings advanced highly skilled pre-hospital emergency medicine doctors and specialist paramedics to the scene of an incident, treating the most seriously ill and injured patients in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, giving them the best chance of survival and recovery, when the worst happens. They bring the hospital to the patient when time is critical. Called out to an average of four incidents every day, including cardiac arrests, road traffic collisions, falls and assaults, their service is operational 365 days a year, both day and night.
It currently costs £15,000 a day to maintain the service, and it is only thanks to the generosity of the communities they serve that they are able keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.
Big thanks must go to the generous support of Alresford Marquees, Becka Cooper, Alan Titchmarsh MBE, Ingrid Berry Art, Sage and Season, Allens Hire and Whitwams who were instrumental in making the Ball a success, meaning in excess of £70,000 was raised for the work of this vital charity.