Every day, Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance are helping save more lives. Our critical care paramedics, trauma doctors and pilots fly an average of three rescue missions a day.
Within minutes, they can be on the ground delivering lifesaving care at road traffic collisions, sports events and industrial accidents, or for medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests or strokes. Last year 140 of the missions we went to were motorcycle collisions.
The air ambulances give people the very best chance of survival and recovery. Our helicopters can fly at 185mph and carry the very latest lifesaving equipment.
Our air ambulance team is also supported by a rapid response vehicle, which provides valuable backup for incidents close to the helicopter bases or when the weather makes it too dangerous to fly.
Over the last three years, we’ve raised £51,000 for our lifesaving services just from our Ride In and the Brackley Festival. That’s enough for 30 lifesaving missions. Thanks to you, we’ll have raised even more this year, and will be able to keep on doing the lifesaving work we do.
Your support will help keep us flying. To find out more about how you can get involved, visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk.
The charity receives no government funding and relies entirely on donations to raise the £1,700 we need for each rescue mission. That makes events like our Ride In and the Brackley Festival of Motorcycling extremely important to us.
We are a Blood Bike group called SERV OBN (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteer) and we cover the region of Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. We are associated with a charity called NABB (National Association of Blood Bikes) but we are a completely independent registered charity 1147549. As a group we formed in 1994. Blood Bikes have been around since 1962. We convey urgent blood and blood products to hospitals out of hours free of charge. This is 7pm to 6am during the week and all day weekends. We also convey samples between laboratories during these hours and anything medical that the hospital would otherwise have to pay a courier, such as notes, scans, x-rays, medicines etc. We also provide a service 24/7/365 for donor milk for premature babies. This involves collecting from donors and delivering to a milk bank at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford for processing. We then distribute the milk to maternity units across our region. For this collections can be scheduled (unless the milk is needed urgently). However, blood products and samples require immediate response. Our service benefits the whole community from newborn upwards and although we save the NHS a colossal amount of money our primary aim is the service to the patient and the saving of lives. Saving the NHS money is a by-product and as those funds obviously go back into the community we are proud of that as well.