6 October 2019
The cadets were given a tour of the team’s home, plus their aircraft, and got to learn more about this local charity, including its formidable financial challenges.
They were told the Air Ambulance's annual running costs are £2.5 million and this will only increase as the team looks to provide 24/7 cover. (The organisation transports the equivalent of an A&E department to people suffering from the most serious of illnesses and devastating injuries, providing the best possible treatment as quickly as possible.)
Cadet Connor Woodward’s reaction was typical: “It was phenomenal to see so much equipment and then to be told that it was financed by charity and fundraising events. It just shows all the hard work everyone puts in.”
The Detachment Commander commented: “The cadets enjoyed an informative and fun evening and, who knows, perhaps we have some budding paramedics or pilots in our midst!”
Without the benefit of NHS or Government financial assistance, Air Ambulance is funded purely by the generosity of the public. It is now one of the UK’s leading Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) Charities.
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