9th Oct 2014
Hundreds of people put their ‘head in the hole’ and their hand in their pocket in support of London’s Air Ambulance during National Air Ambulance Week.
Appearing at Old Spitalfields Market, The Royal London Hospital, Regents Place and the Old Truman Brewery, the charity team was out in force encouraging people to get on board and join them in saving lives. View our ‘head in the hole’ gallery to see if your photo made it.
The national awareness week also prompted Batman to get in touch. He joined the team on work experience during which time the superhero provided supporters with an ‘access all areas’ insight into what we do and what it takes to be an advanced trauma medic. In between missions he blogged about daily life on the helipad, 17 floors up looking out across the London skyline on constant watch for people in need of his help.
His blog ‘Batman on Work Experience’ details what he got up to and whether or not the superhero will be swapping Gotham for London anytime soon?
Between 1st January and 31st August 2014 London’s Air Ambulance treated 1,144 patients. Incident figures released at the beginning of National Air Ambulance Week to draw attention to the service also revealed that E14, NW10 and W1 have been the busiest three postcodes for the charity so far this year.
Corporate partner Ocean Outdoor showed their support by gifting us use of some of its prime digital advertising locations during National Air Ambulance Week. Motorists travelling into and out of the Capital via the A4, A13, A315 and A3220 would have seen our iconic red helicopter in flight during their journey along with the message that we are a charity, which needs their help to continue saving lives in London. A bit thank you also to volunteer Graphic Designer, Graeme Wilkie for the graphics.
About National Air Ambulance Week
National Air Ambulance Week is an initiative created by the Association of Air Ambulances to celebrate the work of all air ambulance charities, giving them a national voice and an opportunity to promote the work they do at a local level.
On average, an emergency air ambulance takes off every 10 minutes in the UK, flying 365 days a year. Put another way, during every hour of everyday 7 air ambulances are attending incidents of various types including trauma.