Sir AP McCoy Helps To Raise over £30,000 For Midlands Air Ambulance Charity
On Friday 23rd November, racing fans gathered at the Belfry Hotel and Resort for an exclusive evening with champion jockey Sir AP McCoy, and raised over £30,000 for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.
Guests were welcomed by sports broadcaster and Talk Sport presenter Rupert Bell, before enjoying a three course meal. Sir AP then took to the stage for an intimate Q&A hosted by Sky Sports Presenter Emma Spencer.
Tickets for the evening, and proceeds from a raffle and auction on the night contributed to over £30,000 being raised for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, which will fund 12 future lifesaving air ambulance missions.
Abbie Hawkins, events coordinator for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity says: “Midlands Air Ambulance Charity attends equestrian related incidents on average every four days. For that reason, we have a close affiliation with the racing community, and are lucky to receive fantastic support from those in the industry and racing fans.
“We would like to thank everyone who supported the event, and helped to raise such a fantastic amount of money, particularly the sponsors Hayward Wright.”
Sir AP McCoy adds: “It was a really enjoyable evening, and a pleasure to support such a worthwhile cause.”
To find out more about Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, visit www.midlandsairambulance.com.
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity
- Who are we? Midlands Air Ambulance serves the largest air ambulance region in the UK. This includes the communities of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire; representing a population in excess of six million.
- What do we do? The charity now responds to an average of 2,000 missions each year (approximately six per day) making Midlands Air Ambulance one of the longest established and busiest air ambulance operators in the UK.
- As part of its commitment to patient care Midlands Air Ambulance has extended its flying times from 7am until 9pm throughout the year. The service aims to introduce night operations to reach those who need urgent medical treatment during the hours of darkness.
- Every year Midlands Air Ambulance crew attend over 1,000 road traffic accidents on some of the most congested motorway networks in the country.
- The Golden Hour: If a patient reaches hospital within 60 minutes of injury, their chances of survival are dramatically increased. All areas of the region are accessible in 19 minutes and 90% of the region is accessible within eight minutes.
- The cost: Each year it costs in excess of £9 million just to keep the three charity helicopters operational. The charity receives no funding from the government or National Lottery so relies entirely on the support and generosity of local people and businesses.
- Our bases & crew: The three air ambulance helicopters are based at Cosford airbase, near Shifnal Shropshire (covering Shropshire and the West Midlands), Tatenhill airbase, near Burton-on-Trent Staffordshire (covering Staffordshire and the West Midlands), and Strensham Services on the M5 in Worcestershire (covering Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire).
- The charity’s three aircraft each carry a crew comprising a pilot, two paramedics or flight doctors plus full life-support medical equipment.
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