Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is the independent Charity that brings an advanced Critical Care Team to the most seriously ill and injured patients in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, giving them the best chance of survival and recovery, when the worst happens.

Using both a helicopter and emergency response vehicle, the Charity brings a team of highly skilled pre-hospital emergency medicine doctors and specialist paramedics to the scene of an incident, effectively bringing the hospital to the patient when time is critical. Called out to an average of four incidents every day, including cardiac arrests, road traffic collisions, falls and assaults, the life-saving service is operational 365 days a year, both day and night.

It currently costs £15,000 a day to maintain the life saving service, and it is only thanks to the generosity of the communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight that they are able keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.

Since its first flight in 2007, the Air Ambulance’s Critical Care Teams have flown to over 10,000 emergency call-outs. In 2020, despite much of the region being confined to their homes, the Charity responded to 1,577 emergency call-outs, providing critical care to patients across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and beyond. 

“Throughout the pandemic our doctors, specialist paramedics and pilots have continued to be there for the most seriously ill and injured people in our region. For many of those patients and their loved ones, they are having the worst day of their lives.

We can only continue to be there for those who need us thanks to the unwavering and dedicated support of our communities. Without them, none of what we do would be possible. That is why we are extremely grateful to everyone who is taking part in the Ride4Hugo challenge. Your support is vital to us, our patients and their loved ones. Thank you.” 

Director of Fundraising Rachel Leaman
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