Cash helps buy vital equipment for air ambulance

Captain Joe Moore and paramedic Gavin Alexander with Trevor Richards from Western Power Distribution

Captain Joe Moore and paramedic Gavin Alexander with Trevor Richards from Western Power Distribution

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A donation of £2,000 will fund a year’s supply of thermal bags for a life-saving charity.

Western Power Distribution (WPD), of Coventry and Warwickshire, has donated £2,000 to The Air Ambulance Service, which is the umbrella organisation for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA).

The cash has enabled the charity to buy a year’s supply of thermal bags for its helicopters, which are used to insulate patients at the scene of an accident and reduce the effects of shock.

After being presented with the money, special projects manager for The Air Ambulance Service, Jo Payne showed Trevor Richards from WPD the helicopter and introduced him to the crew.

Jo said: “Despite the busy morning of missions, I am glad that Trevor could meet the crew and discover just why this kit is so vital to so many of our patients.

“We receive no Government or National Lottery funding, so we’re very grateful to WPD for supporting us again this year and look forward to working with them on more projects in the future.”

Mr Richards, WPD’s distribution manager for Coventry and Warwickshire, said: “WPD is delighted to be able to donate the funds to enable the purchase of such vital equipment for The Air Ambulance Service. 

“As a company we take safety very seriously so we are always keen to support organisations committed to helping to protect the public and to raising awareness of safety.

“It is fantastic to know that our funding will help the charity to save many lives across the Midlands.”

WNAA attended almost 1,000 rescue missions last year, with each rescue mission costing approximately £1,400.

For more information about The Air Ambulance Service, visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk.