London’s Air Ambulance Charity has marked the beginning of Air Ambulance Week 2020 with the release of a video message thanking Londoners for their support and generosity, which has kept the service flying throughout the pandemic.
The video shows doctors, paramedics and fire crew from the life-saving service thanking supporters for their donations, which allow them to ‘look after Londoners’ every day. The video can be viewed below:
Air Ambulance Week runs 7-13 September and is recognised by all of the UK’s 21 air ambulance charities, celebrating the life-saving services they fundraise for. Across the UK, on average an air ambulance helicopter takes off every 10 minutes daily, meaning today alone the UK’s air ambulance teams will be dispatched to 70 potentially life-saving missions.
As an extra thank you to supporters, on Thursday 10 September the BT Tower will display a special message of gratitude to Londoners.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, London’s Air Ambulance has supported the NHS and remained operational 24/7 for every one of the 10 million people who live, work and travel in London every day. It costs around £11m each year to deliver the service; providing London with an advanced trauma team 365 days a year.
Jonathan Jenkins, Chief Executive of London’s Air Ambulance Charity, said, “After a tumultuous six months, Air Ambulance Week is a welcome opportunity to reflect on the dedication of our crews and our supporters who have kept us flying through this difficult period.
“We rely on public donations to make sure we can reach the capital’s most critically injured patients in need of life-saving care. It’s because of our supporters that we can be there when London calls.”