E.J.Wilkins

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance


I recently had a fairly close encounter with the Hants and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

It was quite late in the day, not the best time to take a picture as I think you can tell, but I think this gives an idea of not only the size of the helicopter but also the sort of place it might have to land - to save a life.

According to the website http://www.hampshireandiowairambulance.org.uk/ running costs are currently £500 a flying hour, and the charity needs to raise around £65,000 a month to keep the service operating.

I think it's sad that so much of our healthcare and a proportion of our emergency services have to depend on the goodwill of members of the public, but that's the way it is.

My only plea is that if you ever see somebody collecting for your local Air Ambulance please give generously.

Your donation may only equal the cost of a tiny fraction of a rivet that keeps the helicopter together, but even so it will ensure they can be there to maybe save your life, the life of your parents, grandparents or children, your best friend, your children's best friend, or even keep the chap over the road alive - because these little helicopters can reach places that are difficult for ambulance crews to access easily. They can also make the journey to hospital that much quicker than emergency vehicles using our crowded roads.
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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance


I recently had a fairly close encounter with the Hants and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

It was quite late in the day, not the best time to take a picture as I think you can tell, but I think this gives an idea of not only the size of the helicopter but also the sort of place it might have to land - to save a life.

According to the website http://www.hampshireandiowairambulance.org.uk/ running costs are currently £500 a flying hour, and the charity needs to raise around £65,000 a month to keep the service operating.

I think it's sad that so much of our healthcare and a proportion of our emergency services have to depend on the goodwill of members of the public, but that's the way it is.

My only plea is that if you ever see somebody collecting for your local Air Ambulance please give generously.

Your donation may only equal the cost of a tiny fraction of a rivet that keeps the helicopter together, but even so it will ensure they can be there to maybe save your life, the life of your parents, grandparents or children, your best friend, your children's best friend, or even keep the chap over the road alive - because these little helicopters can reach places that are difficult for ambulance crews to access easily. They can also make the journey to hospital that much quicker than emergency vehicles using our crowded roads.
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comments (14)

I agree entirely with your sentiments Ellie. We have the same in my part of the world
EJWilkins: I recently paid towards this ambulance, never thought I'd see it in action and so desperately needed.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Nov 2008, 02:47
Like a confused daffodil that arrived in the Autumn instead of the Spring.
EJWilkins: It does a little Ray smile
Totally agree with the sentiment, Ellie. (:o)
EJWilkins: Yep, it isn't entirely right is it?
I agree ... they are real life savers and so often get people out of inaccessible places with so much skill. richard
EJWilkins: And in this case it was a bit late in the day, but they did their job admirably.
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 8 Nov 2008, 10:29
Interesting, Ellie, because this is the our Corporate Charity for this year, so at least we are trying to do our bit.
EJWilkins: Can you contact me off site Alan.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Nov 2008, 10:35
Living in the middle of nowherer I can only agree - wish we had more!
EJWilkins: ... and also find a way of them flying at night ...
A friend of mine was rushed to hospital by air ambulance when he had a mild heart attack on top of the Malvern hills. It was not easy for them to land but they did and he made a full recovery. The irony was he was doing a sponsored walk...you have guessed it...for the air ambulance.

They do an amazing job and have saved many lives
EJWilkins: You're right, it is ironic. Thank goodness your friend is all right.
You are so right Ellie, it is the same up here in the North West, the air ambulance can only exist by volunteers raising money, a crying shame indeed, they do provide a necessary and worthwhile service.
EJWilkins: So many things "these days" are only there because of "public subscription". It's something I don't really understand, there should be enough money in the public coffers, there seems to be enough for stupid schemes that benefit nobody in particular! (rant over)
I totally agree with your sentiment Ellie. They do such a great job!
EJWilkins: They do, thank goodness for them, and the people who donate
  • FLOOG
  • The windmills of my mind
  • 8 Nov 2008, 17:36
A very good post, Ellie. You're spot on. Any one of us or our families might one day depend on the services of this, or other air ambulances
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Nov 2008, 19:25
my best friend Neil is the paramedic aboard the north yorkshire air ambulance Ellie. He has to give up 3 evenings per month to give talks to the Rotarians or Womans guild etc to raise funds. It is a tragic situation that this is not fully funded with no strings by our precious government that can put fuel in a chopper in Iraq!... mal
EJWilkins: I contributed towards this one because somebody knocked at the door. It's an essential service, shouldn't depend on volunteers. I saw the equivalent of your friend in action, not an easy job by any means.
We have one of these in the East Midlands Ellie and a while ago it was nearly lost because of lack of funds. Thank goodness all has now been resolved, no thanks to the Government.
EJWilkins: Some of them are run on a knife edge, I just wish people would give more. But I also wish they didn't need to, there should be public money available
Interresting comment !
EJWilkins: Thanks Zeb
  • Mike Lee
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Nov 2008, 22:29
Nice one Ellie.. It would be interesting to hear what your 'close encounter' was...! ;-)
I work for Yorkshire Ambulance Service and we have two helicopters working in our area, so see them quite often and give them my patients to convey now and again!
I am waiting for a secondment to work on the one based near Sheffield...

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