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New air ambulance for charity

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 9:55

 A NEW air ambulance will take to the skies above Hampshire and the Isle of Wight later this year.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance’s now ageing but stalwart Bolkow 105 will be replaced with a modern EC135 helicopter, which the charity said will greatly increase its operational capacity.
The new helicopter will take to the skies from September.
Chairman of trustees Cllr Barry Lipscomb said: "Less than three years since we commenced flying, 2,190 missions on, this is a major milestone in the development of the charity."
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) has been flying and saving lives for just under three years.
In that time, John Perry, chief executive, said they had made huge strides to provide the best service possible.
He said: "It is only through the generosity of the people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, through personal donations, fundraising events, clubs, churches, schools and many more groups, that the charity is able to provide this service.
"HIOWAA receives no government or national lottery funding, and only receives support through the secondment of paramedics from the NHS, so we must ensure that our fundraising programme continues to grow.
"I encourage anyone who would like to be involved in this fantastic community service — by raising funds, becoming a volunteer or in many other ways — to get in touch with our head office."
For more information visit www.hiow-airambulance.org.uk.

Reporter: [email protected]

 


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