Service pays tribute to work of the air ambulance

By David Newble

Sunday, April 21, 2013

 

Service pays tribute to work of the air ambulance

From left, W Cdr Simon Hughes, air ambulance patient Colin Campbell and Chris Tate. Picture by Robin Crossley.

HAMPSHIRE and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance was honoured with a service of thanksgiving at Holy Trinity Church, Cowes.

The event marked the work its volunteers accomplish across the two counties.

The congregation at last Sunday's service was addressed by Wing Commander (retired) Simon Hughes, who was a doctor with the RAF for 16 years.

W Cdr Hughes saw active service in Iraq and Afghanistan and treated military and civilian casualties with horrendous injuries.

As well as working in the field hospital in Afghanistan, he also worked on the emergency Chinook helicopter that rescued patients from the battlefield, often under direct fire.

Since taking up a consultancy post at University Hospital, Southampton, in 2012, he has flown with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

John Perry, chief executive of the organisation, said: "Having this sort of recognition is wonderful for us as a charity and knowing the service we provide is appreciated so greatly by so many people makes the work we do so worthwhile.

"We always appreciate the efforts people go to, to raise money and awareness for the air ambulance."

Following the service, a dinner was held at the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, hosted by the three trustees of the charity who live on the Island. Guests included the Island’s new High Sheriff, Mary Case.

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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