A couple from Bude, North Cornwall are urging parents in the area to support a new initiative to raise money for the Children’s Air Ambulance – Great Britain’s only dedicated paediatric helicopter transfer service for critically ill babies and children.
Becky and Damian Inch will forever be grateful to the charity which they credit with helping to save their daughter Elsie’s life when she needed specialist medical treatment in 2017.
Elsie (now aged 2) was flown from North Devon District Hospital to Bristol Children’s Hospital in just 32 minutes – compared with a two hour road journey – when she needed emergency heart surgery.
The Children’s Air Ambulance receives no government funding and relies totally on public donations to remain operational. It has two state-of-the-art helicopters which fly out of airbases in Oxford and Doncaster.
Becky and Damian are hoping their family’s story will inspire local parents to encourage their own children and friends to join a new club #TheCrew to raise funds for and awareness of the Children’s Air Ambulance in the Lincolnshire area.
“Without the Children’s Air Ambulance our child may not be alive today. We are therefore urging local families to get involved with #TheCrew to raise money to help keep the helicopters flying.”
Aimed at 7 to 18 year olds, #TheCrew allows youngsters to learn new skills, make a difference and develop confidence and self-esteem within an organised club.
It is free to join with all members receiving a membership card, lanyard, badge, fundraising target chart and collection box.
As well as individual children, schools are being encouraged to join #The Crew, which offers fundraising incentives and the chance to meet the helicopter crew for those who achieve certain targets.
Full details about how to join #TheCrew can be found at: www.childrensairambulance.org.uk/thecrew