18th Oct 2013
London’s Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that TV Doctor, Dr Hilary Jones has become a Patron. Having worked as an emergency doctor, as well as a GP and a high profile healthcare adviser, Dr Hilary Jones highly values the work of our charity. Dr Hilary's engagement in emergency medicine and pre-hospital care dates back to 1981, when he worked as an emergency doctor for the oil industry at Sullom Voe in Shetland for Offshore Medical Support.
More than thirty years later, Hilary aims to raise awareness about London’s Air Ambulance’s clinical work and its need to fund a second aircraft and extended daylight flying hours.
Dr Hilary Jones said: “I am passionate about supporting London’s Air Ambulance for lots of reasons - previous visits to the helipad, an awareness of the dramatic and on-going work it does, my own personal experiences as an emergency doctor, and the crucial role it plays in pre hospital medicine saving the lives of critically injured people from all over the world who live in or visit London.”
Graham Hodgkin, CEO of London’s Air Ambulance, said: “We are thrilled that Dr Hilary recognises the value of our work and we look forward to his patronage over the coming years. Having first-hand experience with emergency medicine, Dr Hilary is an exceptionally authentic and insightful ambassador for our charity. His support is very valuable, especially at a time when we are fundraising for a second helicopter and extended flying hours.” To launch his patronage, Dr Hilary Jones led abseilers down The Royal London Hospital, home to the charity’s helipad, during National Air Ambulance Week (23rd — 27th September).
On 26th September, Hilary descended down the seventeen-storey hospital alongside Graham Hodgkin, CEO of London’s Air Ambulance, ex patients and other supporters, fundraising for the charity in a week dedicated to air ambulances nationwide.