The week will highlight how we and other air ambulance charities save lives every day right across the UK, by bringing emergency department care directly to the side of patients who are critically ill and injured, like in the case of two-year-old Charlotte Smith, whose airway became obstructed whilst eating lunch at nursery.
Because every second counts each of our critical care team consists of a pilot and co-pilot, a pre-hospital care doctor and a critical care paramedic, who can be rushed to the scene of an incident with life-saving support equipment, to deliver advanced clinical care that is normally only found in the hospital emergency department. Once stabilised, the patient will be conveyed by air or land to the most appropriate hospital for their needs.
Each year we make around 1,500 life-saving missions and each mission costs around £2,200. We are almost entirely funded by donations, as we do not receive regular direct funding from the Government.
We are calling on members of the public to do something amazing to help us to continue to provide life-saving care by making a donation.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we as well as other air ambulance charities have faced many challenges, including a significant drop in donations as the economic effects of the pandemic take hold.
Despite this, we have not only continued to provide life-saving treatment, but we have also played a vital role on the frontline response to COVID-19. Our committed, highly skilled, clinical team remain dedicated and ready to help when someone is having the worst day of their life.
With so many of our bucket collections being cancelled this year, we have created a virtual bucket collection. All of us at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance hope that the people and businesses of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas can support us this Air Ambulance Week and keep us flying.
You will be charged £5, plus your standard network rate. 100% of your donation will go to Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT). By texting, you agree that EHAAT may phone or text you to tell you about our work. If you would prefer not to hear from us again, text HELI NO to 70588.
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales (1108989). Registered company in England and Wales (05397840). Registered address: Flight House, The Business Centre, Earls Colne Business Park, Earls Colne, Colchester CO6 2NS.