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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