Kershaw Helps Fund Magpas Rescue Helicopter

February 01 2013

Staff of Cambridge based construction company, the Kershaw Group, have raised £3,615.00 for Magpas - The Emergency Medical Charity; which provides an enhanced air ambulance and emergency response service - despatched to medical emergencies within Cambridgeshire, the East of England and beyond.  Crucially, the flights carry specialist trauma doctors and paramedics who can start treatment straight away, thus saving more lives and reducing the effect of head and other serious injuries.

Kershaw’s raised the money at their annual company lunch and charity auction, and the donation has helped to fund Magpas’ brand new, night-time capable helicopter - the Magpas Helimedix Air Ambulance - which is the first orange air ambulance in the UK.

When the Magpas Helimedix Team are called out to an incident by the Ambulance Service, the Police or the Fire Service; Magpas Helimedix Chief Pilot, Richard Eastwood, and his fellow Crew Member, can get the Magpas doctor and paramedic on call to almost anywhere in the Eastern region within 40 minutes.  Or alternatively, the team can drive the Magpas Rapid Response BMW to the scene - it depends on which form of transport can get the lifesaving team to the patient as quickly as possible, and this varies according to the type of emergency incident and its location.

Peggy Burch of Kershaw’s, who organises the Group’s fundraising activities, visited the Magpas Helimedix team at their Base to present the cheque.  “This is the third year running we’ve chosen Magpas as our nominated charity” said Peggy.  “The medical professionals are mainly volunteers, and it’s reassuring to know that Magpas is out there should you, a friend, family member or colleague ever find themselves in a critical incident situation” she explained.