Thursday, 13 December 2018

Rotary gives air ambulance a boost

ANGUS ROSS gave a talk about the Thames Valley and Chiltern air ambulance at this week?s meeting of Henley Rotary Club.

ANGUS ROSS gave a talk about the Thames Valley and Chiltern air ambulance at this week?s meeting of Henley Rotary Club.

Mr Ross, a former mayor of Wokingham, is one of the fund-raising volunteers for the charity.

The air ambulance started in 1999 and is now one of 19 charities in the country operating 24 ambulances.

Based at RAF Benson, it can take off within three minutes and be at locations on the edge of the charity?s area of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire within 15 minutes. In addition to the pilot, two paramedics are supplied by the South Central Ambulance Service and sometimes one or other is substituted by a doctor.

As well as the patient, there is room for one other passenger.

The helicopter, which was replaced in 2008, is called out, on average, three times a day and has carried out 14,460 missions since 1999. It costs £2 million a year to run and £2,000 every time it takes off.

President Roger Sayer thanked Mr Ross for his talk and presented him with a cheque for £600, part of the proceeds from the club?s jazz club concert.

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