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UK air ambulance wins four figure grant

Filed under: Air Ambulance Costs and Fundraising — Posted by: Mark on February 3, 2012

The UK’s Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIWA) had cause for celebration at the start of the year, as it was awarded a grant worth £6,000 (E7,200).

The cost of the air ambulance for the charity on a monthly basis tops £110,000 (E132,000), so the grant which comes courtesy of the NatWest (bank) Community Force scheme will be very welcome.

In order to qualify for the grant HIWAA has to apply online, and successfully made it as one of the top three applicants following a public online vote.

Thanking the bank for the grant, John Perry the HIWAA chief executive, said:

“…winning this award makes a considerable difference to the sums we must raise each month to keep the air ambulance flying and saving lives.”

In order to carry out the valuable service it provides to the local community, the HIWAA relies wholly on donations. With no state or National Lottery funding, this is made up of contributions from members of the public and local businesses.

Marketing drives by the team are also important and the HIWAA’s own Glight for Life lottery scheme generate a significant sum of money through the year.

The service has been operating for four and half years, and has provided a vital means of support for stranded tourists and local residents alike.

Since first getting airborne in July of 2007, there have been over 3,300 missions flown. This equates to more than 63 missions per month, making it clear to see why there are such high operating costs.

With more people than ever before holidaying in the area, and a growing permanent population, it is likely that 2012 will prove to be yet another busy and expensive year for the service.

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