30 March 2015
London's Air Ambulance awarded £250K for new charity premises
The event, co-hosted by London’s Air Ambulance CEO Graham Hodgkin and MP Mary Macleod follows on from the charity’s launch of the ‘Your London, Your Helicopter’ campaign and was a further opportunity for London’s Air Ambulance to recognise its invaluable supporters.
Last year the Chancellor awarded the campaign £1 million from Libor funds and it has already raised a further £2.65 million from companies, charitable trusts and individual donors. The ‘Your London, Your Helicopter’ campaign hopes to raise the remaining £2.35 million from the people and organisations of London by July this year. The charity hopes to be in a position to have a second helicopter operational by summer 2015.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne said: “London’s Air Ambulance provides a vital service across the capital and has saved thousands of lives since it was established. I am right behind their campaign to buy a second helicopter and that’s why I have already awarded £1 million from Libor funds to this brilliant charity. I am also pleased to confirm that the charity will receive an additional £250,000 to improve its facilities.”
London’s Air Ambulance CEO, Graham Hodgkin, explained that the past few years have been transformational for the charity, including the launch of The Institute for Pre-Hospital Care and performing the world’s first aortic balloon surgery outside of hospital. Mr Hodgkin said: “It is thanks to the people of London that we have been able to treat over 32,000 patients. Thank you also to The Chancellor for supporting our campaign for a much needed second emergency medical helicopter, for hosting us this evening and of course for the further fantastic £250,000 contribution towards new premises for the charity.“
London’s Air Ambulance is calling on the people and organisations of London to join together in owning the solution to London’s vital need for a second emergency medical helicopter. In its largest ever fundraising drive, the ‘Your London, Your Helicopter’ campaign is hoping to raise the remaining £2.35 million needed to acquire and sustain a second helicopter and extend its daylight flying hours for five years. The charity is urging the 10 million people who live, work and holiday in the capital to donate, whether £5 or £500 at yourhelicopter.london.
VocaLink has formed a two-year strategic partnership with London’s Air Ambulance, where we will provide the charity with financial and professional services support.
Cara O’Nions, Marketing and Customer Insight Director at VocaLink said: “We are pleased to have partnered with London’s Air Ambulance, a new addition to our Responsible Business programme. Welfare of the residents of London is of prime importance to us as a number of our employees, customers and business partners are also a part of this community. VocaLink is driving innovation in the payments industry and sharing this expertise will provide London’s crucial life-saving service the enhanced financial system support they require to be readily available to the people in need.”
Find out more about our partnership with London’s Air Ambulance and the Your London, Your Helicopter campaign here.