An Urgent Appeal from the Children’s Air Ambulance

An Urgent Appeal from the Children’s Air Ambulance

I need to ask for your urgent help to keep the Children’s Air Ambulance flying

The Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate our entire way of life and is causing harm to many people. All our thoughts are with those who are suffering and every individual who is doing their utmost to help.

The Children’s Air Ambulance is a key organisation at the frontline of emergency care. It supports the efforts of the NHS by providing a lifesaving transfer service for critically ill babies and children, flying them to major children’s hospitals across the UK. This is an important voluntary funded service that is provided completely free of charge to the NHS.

Prior to this pandemic, one of the most crucial sources of funds for the charity was a network of 20 shops. These shops are now closed and they are also losing vital funds raised from their reuse, recycling and clothing collections. These losses amount to £348,000 a month and they simply cannot afford to lose these vital funds, and keep the helicopters flying every day.

If they stop flying, more babies and children will be at risk. We cannot let this happen.

We acknowledge the struggles people are experiencing at the moment and know the Children’s Air Ambulance are not alone in this suffering. If you are one of the fortunate ones who is still able to support them, then all they ask is for any donation you can make.

The charity needs your help more than ever before and here is a reason why:

Last year, Scarlet was just five days old when the Children’s Air Ambulance transferred her from her home town of Hastings to St George’s Hospital in London. As a result of a form of coronavirus, Scarlet suffered a series of apnoea (loss of breathing) and needed urgent specialist paediatric care.

Scarlet’s mum, Charlotte, is forever grateful to the Children’s Air Ambulance for being there in their hour of need and that she’s been able to celebrate Scarlet’s first birthday as a healthy and happy little girl.

“I couldn’t believe how quickly the Children’s Air Ambulance got us to London. Had it not been available, Scarlet may not have survived the transfer by land ambulance.

“The helicopter was kitted out with all the latest high tech equipment and knowing she was receiving the same intensive care treatment in the helicopter as at the hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, was a great comfort. She was getting intensive care in the air.”

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