Flying medics called to nearly 400 incidents in six months

The WNAA landing in Rushden near Duck Street to attend an incident last year

The WNAA landing in Rushden near Duck Street to attend an incident last year

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Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended 380 accidents and emergencies during the first six months of the year.

The number of incidents shows why local support is vital for the life-saving charity and members of the public are being encouraged to donate so the crews can continue to make a difference.

A total of 111 of the rescue missions attended were in Northamptonshire, with 40 per cent being road accidents – and the crew was again called into action just this week after a girl was in collision with a car in Rushton Road, Rothwell.

More than a fifth of the incidents attended were medical emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes, which require rapid specialist treatment in order to give the casualty the best chances of survival and recovery.

Other commons call-outs were sports-related, with horse riders, footballers and rugby players among those being regularly airlifted.

Philippa Gibbs, airbase manager for Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, said: “It’s been a busy year as usual for our service, with us attending a wide variety of jobs across the three counties and beyond: from injured horse riders in rural areas to multi-vehicle accidents on motorways and dual carriageways.

“We’d like to say a thank you to all of the people who have supported us so far this year – if it wasn’t for them we would not have been there at all of these incidents.

“We receive no Government and National Lottery funding so we rely entirely on public donations to fund our life-saving work – we couldn’t save the many lives we do without them.”

Each rescue mission costs the charity an average of £1,400 and they attend approximately three every day – a figure which can increase over the busy summer months.

To donate to the charity, call 08454 130999 or visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk/donate.

Alternatively, you can make a £3 donation by texting ‘WNAA53 £3’ to 70070.

Missions attended by the air ambulance between January and June 2013:

Road accidents – 38 per cent

Medical emergencies – 22 per cent

Sports (including horse riding) – 19 per cent

Falls – 9 per cent

Industrial accidents – 3 per cent

Other – 9 per cent