Rotarians help keep the Ambucopter flying

Rotary presentation to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance: John Smith, Emma Young, Derek Anderson and Sheila Johnson
Rotary presentation to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance: John Smith, Emma Young, Derek Anderson and Sheila Johnson

Following the Rotary Club of Market Rasen’s successful Golf Day in July, the club has presented £2,200 to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Local Ambucopter fundraiser Emma Young, Sheila Johnson and Manager of Mole Country Stores in Market Rasen, who sponsored the event, attended the presentation made at a recent Rotary meeting.

A hamper was also presented to John Smith from the golf club, to show appreciation for all the effort he has put in to running the competition over many years.

Emma told the gathering about the history of the Air Ambulance, the charity started by a group of Lincolnshire Farmers in 1993, to be in the air by 1994.

The Lincolnshire Air Ambulance was only the second in the country to take to the skies and in 1997 Nottinghamshire was added to the area covered; funding now comes from both counties.

The team always consists of an NHS paramedic from Lincolnshire and one from Nottinghamshire, with the pilot supplied by the helicopter leasing company of the helicopter.

The whole operation costs £1.7 million per year to operate - £4,760 per day.

The team makes about 1,000 flights a year; 50 per cent of call outs being for road collisions, horse riding accidents are slightly more frequent than motor bike accidents at 150 per year and farming accidents are also all too frequent.

A rapid response 4 wheel drive vehicle, funded by Nottinghamshire farmers, has now joined the team.