14 Sep 2017

Television presenters Helen Fospero and Tim Vincent have today taken on the adrenaline-raising challenge of abseiling from London’s Air Ambulance’s almost 300ft helipad to launch its annual event which aims to raise money for our lifesaving charity.

Now in its fifth successful year, the event runs over three and a half days during National Air Ambulance Week from 13-16th September, from The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, and hopes to raise £100,000. The funds will help deliver London’s advanced trauma team to the 10 million people who live, work and travel through the capital every day.

Helen, who lives in London and is best known for her appearances on GMTV, Daybreak and as a reporter on The One Show and Watchdog, signed herself up for the feat while supporting the charity at ICAP’s trading day.

Speaking ahead of the challenge she said:

“After meeting the teams last year and hearing about their life-saving work, literally bringing people back from death in many instances, my decision to take part in the abseil was easy. I live in London with my family and therefore feel compelled and proud to support the doctors and paramedics that work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to save lives in my city.

“I won’t pretend I am not apprehensive about going over the edge but if I can do anything to help the charity raise awareness and funds to continue their amazing work, then count me in.”

Television presenter Tim Vincent is well known for his appearances on Blue Peter and Emmerdale and currently works as an international correspondent for NBC, Access Hollywood and Miss World.

Explaining his support for the charity, Tim said;

“It’s crazy that air ambulances in the UK are all charities, you just don’t think about that but the fact is they are and they need our help. I live in London so if I, or anyone I know, had a serious accident, I know that I would want London’s Air Ambulance to be there.

“It was great to do the abseil with Helen and know that we are helping raise awareness of the life saving service they deliver.”

Following Helen and Tim are hundreds of fearless fundraisers who will abseil off one of Europe’s highest helipads over three days to support London’s Air Ambulance — the charity that delivers advanced pre-hospital care to critically injured people in London 24/7.

Jonathan Jenkins, CEO of London's Air Ambulance, said

“A huge thank you to Helen, Tim and the 300 supporters who are taking part in this year’s abseil event.

“As a charity, we rely on the donations from the public so our teams can continue to help people in their hour of need. Recent research found that two thirds of people in London either don’t know or aren’t sure we are a charity. That’s a big challenge when raising money. Events such as this not only raise valuable funds, but also help us publicise the fact that we heavily rely on charitable donations to continue the life-saving work our teams carry out every day in London.

“Thank you to all those taking part in the abseil or are supporting it. We simply wouldn’t be able to save lives without you.” 

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