23 Oct 2013
On 14th and 15th June 2012, 200 people braved the 585ft leap off Broadgate Tower, in London, when they took on an abseil to show their support for London’s Air Ambulance. The event raised a staggering £94, 000 for the Charity, the largest amount raised from a single event ever.
Ashurst, a leading international law firm, booked out most of one day with almost 100 of its employees and friends taking to the skies. There was also great support from other London organisations including the London Stock Exchange, Aberdeen Asset Management and Coutts.
Mark Vickers, Partner at Ashurst said, "It was a privilege and a terrifying pleasure to support London's Air Ambulance. Top marks for the charity team for organising such a spectacular event. It was brilliant!! The event was a massive success - not only in terms of direct fundraising for the charity, but it generated huge excitement among our staff and created a fabulous sense of bonding."
One person in particular has a special story. On 18th December 2011 (only six months ago), 25 yr old Emma McEachan was involved in a freak accident when her motorcycle slid into the path of an oncoming Ford Fiesta. Emma had a severe leg fracture and chest injuries which impeded her ability to breathe. London’s Air Ambulance was called and its medics anaesthetised her before performing a thoracotomy, to allow her lungs to re-inflate, and splinting her leg and pelvis. They then made the decision to take her to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel via helicopter.
Commenting Emma said, “My recovery has been slow and painful. It's 6 months post-accident and I'm only just walking. The pain is intense but at the end of the day, I still have a leg! I had not heard much about the work of the London’s Air Ambulance previous to my accident, but now I feel forever indebted to the essential service it provides."