Saving lives and Keeping Families together

 Saving lives is more than just about the crew and fast Helicopter, it’s about the people we save and what it means to us all

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Saving Lives is what our Charity is all about and it is everyone’s responsibility throughout the organisation to play their part.  It is something every employee across the Charity feels, not just the operational crew that wear the orange flight suits that get to fly about in our state-of-the-art Helicopter.

One of my roles is to look after patients that come back to meet their lifesaving crew. That could be weeks, months and sometimes years after the life-changing day they were rescued, but whenever it is, we’re there to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible for the whole family.  For me it has to be one of the most rewarding parts of the job, it is the whole reason for the Charity after all.


Over the years I have been very lucky to meet some wonderful patients, listen to the details of their mission, re-unite them with their crew and meet their family and friends.  And that is when you meet the real person, in the context of more than just a survivor lucky to be alive.  It is the driving force for me to work so hard to keep on doing my job to the best of my ability, be that in the Fund Raising Team, or now in my latest role as National Volunteering Manager.


I once met Larry and Edna an elderly couple, both critically injured in a life-threatening Road Traffic Collision(RTC).  After many many months, we were able to re-unite them with their amazing crew.  They came with their Daughter, her Husband and their teenage Son. Three generations in one room, still together because of the speed of the Helicopter and the immense skill of our crew.   Larry, despite is great age is a strikingly tall man with piercing blue eyes; he told me with such conviction as to move me so deeply that I will never forget his words. “You will never know, how every day when I wake up, how grateful I am to you, to be alive” and it touched my heart.


And it’s for families of people like Larry that we must work hard to keep on raising funds and awareness of the vital lifesaving Service our Air Ambulance provides across the Midlands.  With our two Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS):-

 Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) based in Coventry Airport


Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) based at East Midlands Airport

together with our new Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) a new service, also based at Coventry Airport all under the auspices of The Air Ambulance Service .


We need your support today, so, please do consider supporting us today or on a regular monthly basis, so that we can keep on saving lives not just locally but wherever we are needed.


This Guest Blog was written by Jo Payne who is the National Volunteering Manager at The Air Ambulance Service. To offer any help or support, please contact Jo by completing the contact form below:-