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CIAT raise £1,000 for DLRAA

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance have received a fantastic £1,000 donation from the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) after their 2014 AGM in Nottingham raised £2,000 for local air ambulance charities.

The money was presented to Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance and Lincolnshire & Nottingham Air Ambulance at the end of April.

Following an enjoyable Friday night at the AGM that included electronic archery, quizzes and games, including sponsorship and donations, CIAT managed to raise a fantastic £2,000. This was shared equally between the two air ambulance charities covering the East Midlands region – namely Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Members of the East Midlands Regional Committee from CIAT visited the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) at its base at East Midlands Airport. Sophie Burt, national partnerships manager for the north, greeted them, gave them a quick tour of the crew accommodation and told them about the Augusta 109 Grand SP helicopter they operate.

Capable of speeds up to 185mph it is regarded as one of the fastest civilian helicopters and with the service it offers every second does count. DLRAA operate three of these helicopters with a sister helicopter based at Coventry Airport covering Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. Between them they both cover more than 3,850 square miles. Flying at maximum speed of 168 knots the helicopters can travel 325 nautical miles (347 miles by road) on one tank of fuel. The third helicopter is a dedicated national paediatric helicopter transfer service, moving critically ill children across the whole of the UK since 2012, essentially a flying paediatric intensive care unit.

DLRAA employ their own critical care paramedics, enabling them to further their training to be more suited to the trauma injuries they are likely to face when called to an incident.

As Sophie explained: “The ability to call upon the doctor’s specific skills along with the equipment they carry means they can effectively offer an accident and emergency department by the roadside, should it be necessary.”

Sophie went on to say: “I was very pleased to be able to show the committee members around our airbase and explain more about how the donation will benefit the service. Each rescue mission costs around £1,700 and DLRAA are called out around four times every day. DLRAA receive no government funding so donations such as this from CIAT are essential.”

From left to right:

Dr Alex James (helimed doctor), Sophie Burt (national partnership manager), Graham Smith MCIAT, Joe Travers, ACIAT & Mark Macmanard TCIAT (East Midlands Regional Committee), Steve Dick (critical care paramedic)

On behalf of the East Midlands Committee, the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance thank you for your valued support and donations raised at the 2014 AGM, your generosity will save lives.