16 May 2017
ONE FRIDAY afternoon, Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance flew to the rescue of 10-year-old Annabelle.
As Annabelle walked home from school with her friends, she was involved in a terrible accident.
She was struck by a 40ft tree that uprooted and fell on her in the bad weather. She was lying very still on the ground when her mum and stepdad arrived; she said her neck, back and head hurt. When the crew landed they assessed Annabelle and immediately provided her with advanced pain relief before immobilising her, ready for flight. She was then swiftly flown to University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire to continue her treatment.
After three weeks in hospital and several operations due to the injuries she sustained to her face and back, she was allowed to go home. But she had to continue to wear a back brace for a further seven months.
Annabelle has now started high school and has been the host of two fundraising balls to give back to the service that came to her rescue.
Last year the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended 1,333 missions in total, with 800 of those being by helicopter and the remainder by its critical car service, which primarily runs at night.
The service’s rapid response time to trauma and medical emergency can be the difference between life and death.
But you might be surprised to learn that it’s a critical service which receives zero government funding. Every mission is entirely reliant on donations and support.
The Air Ambulance Service operates the national Children’s Air Ambulance and the local air ambulance services for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire, as well as Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The two air ambulance services attend an average six missions each and every day – its helicopters able to reach speeds of up to 185mph, with an average response time of just 13 minutes.
Stratford Town Trust is proud to support the Air Ambulance, awarding a grant of £5,100 in 2016 – and a total of £41,700 to date.
“Stratford Town Trust has been an amazing supporter of our charity,” Chloe Bass, Legacies and Trusts Manager for the Air Ambulance, said.
“The Trust has funded both vital equipment and mission costs. Grants make a huge difference to Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, and enable us to continue operating our lifesaving service.”