Appeal for volunteers after 100th transfer
The Children’s Air Ambulance has reached a magnificent milestone in their mission to keep hope alive – they have completed over 100 transfers. Now they’re appealing for volunteers to help them help 100s more seriously ill children throughout the country
Their first patient transfer was carried out in May 2013, and they celebrated their first full year of patient transfers in 2014. Their 100th transfer took place on Friday 24th October 2014, and this number has continued to rise ever since.
The Children’s Air Ambulance works with seven clinical paediatric transport teams across the country, including Embrace Infant & Children Yorkshire & Humber, who completed the 100th transfer.
45 of the 48 transfers Embrace have completed with the Children’s Air Ambulance were carried out to help babies less than a year old. 15% of these requests were related to cardiac problems, while 10% of the moves were carried out so that a child could have potentially lifesaving surgery. A further 6% of transfers were due to prematurity.
Steve Hancock, Lead Consultant from Embrace, said: “The work we do with the Children’s Air Ambulance is vital. We often have to transfer our patient’s long distances and the Children’s Air Ambulance helicopter allows us to give the best care possible when time is critical.”
CEO of the charity, Andy Williamson says: “The aim of our charity is to help keep hope alive for critically ill children and their families during their greatest hour of need. I was very proud when we reached this momentous moment, and I’m delighted to be part of an organisation of staff, volunteers and supporters that have worked extremely hard to make this happen.”
The Children’s Air Ambulance is currently appealing for volunteers to help raise awareness of the work they do across the country. As they are a national service, they have helped seriously ill children as far south as Taunton and as far north as Glasgow. The charity receives no government funding, and relies on the support of the public to help fund each of their transfers, which cost on average £2,800 to run.
For more information about the service, or to register your interest as a volunteer give us a call on 08454 130999.