It’s been a while since Air Ambulance Weekly has had a story about our air medical neighbors from across the pond. The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance service is now trying to get the word out to the people of Northamptonshire to help keep their air ambulance flying, months after impostor charity collectors created confusion in the region.
Reportedly, the air ambulance service has been receiving tons of calls ever since the County Air Ambulance Trust organization began asking for donations. They are in the midst of trying to raise money to build a nationwide network of helipads for air ambulances.
The Director of Marketing and Communications for the air ambulance service, Kate Childs, was quoted as saying that “in the past we have had problems from bogus charity bag collectors and I must stress that this is a legitimate charity.” She continued, acknowledging that everyone in the country is free to support whatever causes they like, but that the WNAA air ambulance service has been bombarded by phone calls from confused supporters with questions about exactly who they’re donating their hard-earned money to — and what the money is actually going to.
People in areas of the UK like this are fantastic at keeping their air ambulance services flying. It’s remarkable how, year after year, air ambulance services that are entirely charity-funded manage to raise enough money to fly the huge number of air medical missions that is required of them, in an area where air ambulances are especially crucial in getting critical-care and trauma patients to advanced healthcare.
Some supporters have been confused by the helicopter-centric logo of the County Air Ambulance Trust campaign — which also calls back to the generic helicopter logo used by the fake air ambulance charity collectors last year (who have since been shut down by the British government). However, the confusion also revolves around the world “county” in the name, which suggests to some people in the area that they are contributing to their local air ambulance service — the one that saves so many lives; flying crucial air medical missions every single day of the year over the community.
To clarify, County Air Ambulance is not associated with WNAA; therefore donations to them do not fund the county’s air ambulance. The “mass confusion,” such as it is, is likely unintentional.
Advanced medical helicopters are both needed and appreciated by residents of the UK to fly critical emergency missions. Fixed-wing air ambulances, such as those used by jet air ambulance services, are useful for international air ambulance flights as well as long-distance medical transports for patients with delicate conditions.
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