Santa’s Grotto in aid of The Air Ambulance

It was wonderful to visit the Santa’s Grotto, organised by Joshua and Jack Bailey in aid of The Air Ambulance Service. I was touched how well supported the event was by the community.

I was honoured to be able to present both Joshua and Jack with awards from the Air Ambulance Service for the impressive and impactful fundraising they have done. It always a privilege to meet young people who have committed to raising funds to help those in need. Well done Joshua and Jack.

The Air Ambulance provides a vital lifesaving service across Leicestershire, Rutland, Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. On average they get called out 50 times a week, which often can be far higher in the summer months. They work closely with the NHS but receive no money from the government or NHS and rely on the generosity of local communities and businesses.

The Air Ambulance Service also provide life-saving transfer service for critically ill babies and children in their Children’s Air Ambulance.

The charity’s 2 helicopters cover 3,850 miles and over 3.2 million people. When they can’t fly, they have two Critical Care Cars so that crews can reach those who need them 24hrs a day 365 days a year. Their helicopters have a top speed of 185mph, and they aim to get airborne from call out in 3 minutes to reach casualties quickly, bringing the critical care crew and equipment needed to help those in critical need.

My thanks and gratitude for the incredible work of the Air Ambulance. We can all be grateful they will respond when we call, bringing the medical expertise and care you would receive in a hospital.

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