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The County Air Ambulance Trust's HELP Appeal - Charity Box Volunteers Needed in the Greater London Area In 2013 we asked for volunteers to join our HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal team. With your support we were able to establish charity collection boxes in key locations across the South West Greater London area. Since our last coverage we are proud to say that the helipad at St George's Hospital in Tooting has been built and has helped save lives since 2014. One of the first patients to be flown to St George's was Harvey - a seven year old boy from Crawley. For an active seven year old, half term holidays and an adventure playground all sounded like the right ingredients for fun. But disaster struck for Harvey when a huge wooden pole supporting the swing on which he was playing, snapped and hit his head as it crashed to the ground. Paramedics, quickly on the scene, immediately recognised that speed was of the essence and scrambled the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. With his mother Faye, Harvey was airlifted from Crawley to St. George’s Hospital, London, landing 11 minutes later on the helipad, which had opened the day before. An immediate CT scan revealed that Harvey’s skull had been broken in two places and there was a bleed on his brain. The doctors performed a risky, four-hour operation to save his life. Eight days after his accident, Harvey was gently brought out of his medically induced coma. Further surgery was required and then a lengthy period of hospital care, before he was able to return home. His brother Dylan was happy to have his ‘best friend’ back! Faye, Harvey's Mum said “I am so glad that the helipad was open. The paramedics were incredible and I am convinced that the speed of our journey and the brilliance of the air ambulance team and the medical care at St. George’s saved my son’s life.” This year we hope to see the King's College Hospital helipad become operational. Air ambulances are currently having to land in a nearby park and transfer patients by land ambulance often adding an additional 25 minutes to the journey time. King’s College Hospital in London - previously featured in Channel 4’s ‘24 Hours in A&E’ - will boast the city’s third helipad serving 5.5 million people across the South East. We now have collection box rounds established in the South West Greater London area and would be most grateful if anyone would be interested in volunteering their time to help us empty more HELP Appeal charity boxes. Reputation is an integral part of our charity, which is why we are looking for retiring/retired Police Officers to become our charity representatives. The charity boxes would then need to be emptied and banked on a regular basis approximately every four months. This face-to-face interaction is essential for the long-term support of our charity. Charity boxes play an important part in both our fundraising and awareness of our HELP Appeal. By personally visiting local businesses, we are able to provide up-to-date information on our Appeal. This can have a far reaching effect as the business owners will often discuss our Appeal with their customers and occasionally organise a charity event on our behalf. If you would like to help us with our charity boxes please either telephone Jason Dennis on 07876 340492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org For further information about our charity please go to our website www.helpappeal.org.uk Further Information About The County Air Ambulance Trust's HELP Appeal The County Air Ambulance Trust's HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal provides funding for life-saving helipads at Major Trauma Centres and Key A&E Hospitals across the country. Air Ambulances have become an essential component of emergency pre-hospital care and collectively are the busiest voluntary emergency service in the country. Despite their patients being critically ill and often suffering major trauma, air ambulances often have to land some distance from the hospital in inadequate facilities which require a road ambulance to complete the journey. Many of these landing sites are simply a local sports field or a park where the air ambulance can land and meet a road ambulance. These secondary transfers take valuable time and expose vulnerable patients to unnecessary risk at a crucial time. Unfortunately, few of our hospitals have helipads and much of the benefit of helicopter transport is lost if the available helipad is not directly adjacent to the hospital’s emergency department. We recognised this urgent situation and launched the HELP Appeal. Our aim is to ensure that every Major Trauma Centre and key A&E hospital has a fully operational/accessible helipad. With helipads costing anything from £250,000 to more than £4million for the most complex, the challenge is formidable, but we are determined to raise awareness of the issue and to accelerate fundraising for the benefit of hospitals and their patients nationwide. Since the first helipad was officially opened in 2009, we have funded a number of new/improved helipads across the country. We have projects from Plymouth to Brighton, London to Hull and across to Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool all due to open within the next year. Every second of every minute of every hour counts for serious accidents or medical emergencies – the difference between life and death is often a fast flying helicopter with appropriate landing facilities. We receive no funds from the government or the national lottery relying solely on charitable donations. County Air Ambulance Trust PO Box 999 Walsall WS2 7YX 0121 3866767 www.helpappeal.org.uk www.countyairambulancetrust.org.uk Registered Charity in England and Wales (1057063) and Scotland (SCO45963)