Big increase in call-outs for Northamptonshire’s air ambulance

Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

The air ambulance service which serves the county was called out to more than 900 missions last year.

The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended a total of 917 jobs during 2014.

That represents an increase of more than 100 missions since 2013.

WNAA, which together with its equivalent in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland and the Children’s Air Ambulance forms the charity the Air Ambulance Service, says 44 per cent of its missions were road crashes.

About 18 per cent were medical emergencies and a further 16 per cent were sports injuries.

Philippa Gibbs, a critical care paramedic, said: “Our services attended more accidents and emergencies this year than for several years prior.

“We can’t be everywhere, but we strive to be available whenever we can be to help save lives and improve patient recovery.”

The service is also launching its New Year fundraising campaign, and has appealed for more volunteers.

National volunteering manager Jo Payne said: “We can’t do our vital work without the help of our volunteers. We will be continuing our recruitment throughout 2015 to build our volunteer numbers and ensure we have supporter groups actively working in all key areas.”

Each mission WNAA goes out on costs around £1,700.

The charity receives no Government funding and relies entirely on public generosity – meaning volunteers and donations are vital to keep their helicopters flying.

To volunteer with or donate to the service, call 08454 130999 or click here and go to Get Involved.