London’s Air Ambulance, the charity that delivers a 24/7 advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, welcomes on board Mike Gapes MP who has pledged to support this life-saving service.
Attending an event at the House of Commons, Mr Gapes, Member of Parliament for Ilford South, was among the MPs, Peers and senior civil servants who gathered on the terrace to acknowledge the contribution London’s Air Ambulance has made to the Capital over the past 25 years.
Since the charity started in 1989 it has treated more than 31,000 patients. Mr Gapes heard about the work of this internationally renowned service and was introduced to members of its expert medical team. He also spoke with ex-patients who are alive today as a result of the charity’s pioneering medical procedures.
Last year the charity treated 52 critically injured patients in the London Borough of Redbridge. During the reception Mr Gapes pledged to raise awareness of the charity among his constituents and encourage them to raise funds to maintain this vital service.
Speaking about the House of Commons event, Chief Executive of London’s Air Ambulance, Graham Hodgkin said: “We greatly appreciate the support of those who took time out of their hectic political schedules to acknowledge the work we do, and will continue to do, for the benefit of those living, working or travelling in the Capital.
“Our mission is to provide our patients with the world’s most innovative and effective pre-hospital care. By raising awareness of our aims and activities, both inside and outside of Westminster, our political stakeholders can help us to achieve this goal and contribute to more lives saved.”
London’s Air Ambulance is currently working towards securing a second helicopter and extending its daylight flying operation. While adding an additional £1million to the annual £5millon cost of running the service, the charity estimates this would allow it to reach a further 400 patients each year by air.