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London’s Air Ambulance looks to City for extra £3 million funding

Filed under: Air Ambulance Costs and Fundraising — Posted by: Mark on January 26, 2012

Dr. Julian Thompson, the new executive director of the London Air Ambulance, said that the service needs an extra £3 million annual funding if it is to continue to carry out its current role and make improvements to the service it provides.

Dr. Thompson, who worked as a doctor for the London Air Ambulance in 2010, also said that London only has one helicopter to serve the 10 million plus people who live and work there, and that for 30% of the time the helicopter is not available due to maintenance schedules.

He believes that there is synergy between the dynamic and successful corporate community in The City of London, and the innovative and lifesaving work carried out by the air ambulance service. He believes the two can work in partnership and has met with leading figures in the City to discuss how they can work together to raise the additional funding required. He added:

“It is critical to our service to know that the funding we need to operate annual is available.”

The charity currently raises around £2.8 million annually through donations, some funding from the NHS, a lottery scheme, as well as some existing corporate funding.

The London Air Ambulance attends life-threatening incidents within the M25 boundary and gives medical care to over 2,000 trauma victims annually. When the helicopter is not available, or at night, cover is proved by six rapid response cars which carry a specially trained paramedic, senior trauma doctor, and medical equipment to deal with emergencies.

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