Chance for local schools to win helicopter visit

Chance for local schools to win helicopter visit

Nottingham Hospitals Charity has launched a fundraising competition for local schools, with a visit from an air ambulance as the prize for the three schools that raise the most money. The initiative aims to engage primary and secondary schools in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire with the charity’s Saving Lives Helipad Appeal, which is raising £3 million to build an onsite helipad at the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre at Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC). ‘We’re targeting schools in Nottinghamshire as that’s where the QMC is located, and schools in Lincolnshire because that’s where many of the air ambulance patients come from,’ explains Daniel Craggs, Senior Community Fundraiser at Nottingham Hospitals Charity. ‘We want to get the message out there that the new helipad at QMC will serve patients from across the East Midlands, and particularly rural areas such as parts of Lincolnshire.’ The charity is equally keen to promote the educational benefits of the competition to participating schools. Daniel and a senior member of the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre team will visit each school to give a special talk in assembly about the work that the Major Trauma Centre does, the role of the air ambulance service and the difference an onsite helipad at QMC will make to severely injured patients. Says Daniel: ‘The first 60 minutes following a severe injury is known as the “golden hour” and is critical to favourable clinical outcomes. Fast access to treatment is vital to give patients a fighting chance. At the moment, air ambulance patients have to complete their journey to QMC by road, which can take up to 20 minutes. An onsite...
The Longhorn chooses Saving Lives Helipad Appeal as charity partner

The Longhorn chooses Saving Lives Helipad Appeal as charity partner

The Longhorn, a brand new race being held at Thoresby Hall in north Nottinghamshire on Sunday 19 April, has chosen Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Saving Lives Helipad Appeal as its 2015 charity partner. The Longhorn offers a choice of 10k, half marathon or full marathon courses, all running over old military roads, cleared tracks through ancient woodland and grassed paths around the country estate. Jason Randall from event organisers SBR Events comments: ‘We’re delighted to be supporting the Saving Lives Helipad Appeal, which is raising funds to build an onsite helipad at the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre at Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC). The Longhorn is set to be the hottest new date on Nottingham’s sporting calendar and we’re hoping to welcome hundreds of runners to the beautiful Thoresby Hall estate to enjoy the lakeside views, forest terrain and scenic countryside.’ 10 free places on offer Thanks to the partnership with The Longhorn, Nottingham Hospitals Charity has 10 free places on offer for running enthusiasts who’d like to take part. In return for their free place, each runner will be asked to raise at least £100 for the Saving Lives Helipad Appeal. Volunteers are also needed to act as race marshals and man the charity’s stand, so even if you’re not a runner, you can still lend your support on the day. ‘We’re delighted to have been chosen as the charity partner for the very first Longhorn event.’ says Daniel Craggs, Senior Community Fundraiseror Nottingham Hospitals Charity. ‘I’m expecting it to be a fantastic, fun-filled day that will help us raise vital funds for the Saving Lives Helipad Appeal. When...
Bingham Methodist Church donates £800+ to Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s

Bingham Methodist Church donates £800+ to Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s

Janet Richie and Sue Lockwood from Bingham Methodist Church present staff at QMC’s Major Trauma Centre with a cheque for £802.29, to be donated to Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Saving Lives Helipad Appeal. Janet and Sue raised the cash by busking outside the church at Christmas time – Sue played the piano whilst Janet sang – and by encouraging members of the congregation to donate money instead of sending Christmas cards. The Saving Lives Helipad Appeal is raising £3m to build an onsite helipad at QMC, to help speed up transfer times for critically-injured patients being taken to the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre by air ambulance. You can find out more...