Visit to thank the Air Ambulance

It was an honour to visit the local Air Ambulance to thank the team who provide such a vital and amazing service saving lives across Leicestershire, Rutland, Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire.

On the day of the visit the pilot, paramedic, and doctor had already been out on 5 missions. 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 High Sheriff heard accounts of call outs for the Air Ambulance to rescue casualties, often in difficult and testing conditions. Their helicopter has 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.

The charity’s two helicopters cover over 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.

The High Sheriff expressed her thanks and gratitude for the incredible work the Air Ambulance does and to acknowledge that without them many would have lost their lives. We can all be grateful they will respond when we call, bringing the medical expertise and care you would receive in a hospital. Thank you.

The Air Ambulance Service also provide life-saving transfer service for critically ill babies and children in their children’s air ambulance.
To see how you could help please visit their website Your Local Air Ambulance Service (

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