10th May 2017
On Wednesday 26th April, our colleagues from the London Ambulance Service and Metropolitan Police SC019 Unit faced off in a charity rugby match in aid of the victims of the recent Westminster incident and London’s Air Ambulance. After seeing our advanced trauma team’s response to the incident, both organisations decided that 50% of the donations received would go to our charity.
The Rugby match kicked off at 3pm at Blackheath Rugby Club as colleagues and relatives cheered on each team, with our very own Emeritus paramedic Michael Casizzi playing for the London Ambulance Service.
Despite the unpredictable weather, the event exceeded expectations and raised £5,730 in total. To the joy of spectators, our helicopter was spotted whilst returning from a call out nearby and the match fittingly ended in a 31-31 draw.
Jonathan Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer at London's Air Ambulance said:
"A huge thank you to the London Ambulance Service and Metropolitan Police SC019 Unit for organising this event and raising £2865 for our charity. London’s Air Ambulance is part of a team of emergency services protecting London and it’s fantastic to see two other members of our 999 family come together to support us. We are also grateful to Blackheath Rugby Club and everyone who took part and came to the event. As a charity, we rely heavily on donations from the public and your continued support allows us to provide our service to critically injured people in London 24/7.
On behalf of everyone at London's Air Ambulance, thank you for your support."