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Air Ambulance fund-raising

Roy Cooper, MD of Professional Security writes:

Andy Williams of ASIS UK decided that while he was chairman to support and raise money for London’s Air Ambulance. He decided with the permission of the UK branch’s board of directors to donate to the charity the profit from a dinner that delivered the certification certificates to its members.

The total of £782.97 was presented to the charity on the helipad on the top of the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. The Charity told Professional Security magazine that it has two helicopters in use, and they have run over 36,000 missions where they have been first to the scene. It costs £2000 for each mission. That works out at a staggering £8m a year to run; of which the majority is received through donations like this. The average flight is 2.5 minutes and it’s primarily to get a paramedic on site quickly; only one in five of the incidents result in a patient being brought back in the helicopter. The helicopter can get to a patient up to 8 times faster than a car can.

You too can help by joining the lottery they run: https://londonsairambulance.co.uk/support-us/lottery.

Picture by Roy Cooper shows from from left, Graham Bassett, vice-chairman of ASIS UK; Mark Davies, Director of Development and Interim Deputy CEO; Andy Williams; and current ASIS UK chairman, Dave Clark, on the 18th floor helipad at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel in E1, with soaring views of Canary Wharf, the Shard, the O2 at Greenwich and the 2012 Olympic stadium.

London’s Air Ambulance is Professional Security magazine’s nominated charity at our final Security TWENTY event of 2017, ST17 Heathrow at the Park Inn Hotel by Heathrow Airport, on Thursday, November 2.

About London’s Air Ambulance

A charity, it operates with Barts Health NHS Trust – which employs and pays for the advanced trauma doctors who are seconded to the service; and London Ambulance Service which likewise employs paramedics seconded. Visit https://londonsairambulance.co.uk/our-service.


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