Unique helicopter tail unveiled to celebrate 25 years of life-saving service

Unique helicopter tail unveiled to celebrate 25 years of life-saving service

To commemorate the Charity’s 25th Anniversary, the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance has today unveiled a new and unique tail design on their helicopter.

The eye-catching design, which sits proudly across the tail of the Charity’s iconic yellow AgustaWestland 169 Ambucopter, depicts 25 pairs of hands – each reflecting the story of an incredible former patient whose life has been touched by the Charity’s life-saving crew.

As well as honouring the courage, bravery and determination of former patients, the design also represents the dedication and loyalty of the Charity’s supporters, with some of the hands linked to a business or supporter who has decided to sponsor their local Air Ambulance during its 25th year of service.

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, which flew its first life-saving mission on 13th May 1994, has unveiled this new design prior to the Charity’s official 25th birthday celebrations on Monday 13th May.  An official celebratory event will be held for special guests including Charity ambassadors and former patients who have needed the assistance from the pilots, paramedics and doctors on board the Ambucopter at some point over the last 25 years.

Karen Jobling, Chief Executive Officer at Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, said: “This unique design on the tail of our helicopter is a fitting tribute our amazing Charity, our life-saving crew, and the thousands of supporters and former patients we have come into contact with.  Not only is this a fantastic way to help celebrate this huge milestone in the history of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, but it also gives us a chance to look back on how we have been able to make a positive impact on the lives of so many over the years.

“Since our Charity began 25 years ago, we have been called upon to respond to 20,000 missions.  We are extremely proud to have delivered specialist clinical care whilst attending to patients across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire during what is often their greatest hour of need.

HONOURING FORMER PATIENTS

Following the local Air Ambulance’s appeal earlier this year, many former patients have reached out to the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance to share their stories on how the iconic Ambucopter and its crew have made such a huge impact on their lives.  A selection of these stories are now represented as part of the Charity’s new tail design on their helicopter.

Karen added: “We have been truly touched by many former patients who have shared their story with us after needing the service of our helicopter over the years.

“The resilience and bravery of our patients and their families has been truly humbling, and it’s been fantastic for us to learn first-hand what a significant difference the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance has made to so many people’s lives.

“We are looking forward to sharing many of these heart-warming stories throughout our 25th Anniversary year.  These real-life stories help to highlight how vital our life-saving service is, whilst recognising the fantastic work of our amazing crew.”

Just one of the patients who reached out to the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance was Jane Hanson, who required the life-saving service of the Charity’s Ambucopter when she was just 16 years old. Jane and her mother were on their way to visit her nana, when a split-second changed her life forever.

As Jane crossed the road to speak to one of her friends, a motorbike came racing around the corner and collided with her. As a result of the impact, Jane was thrown 15ft in the air and her leg was completely severed due to the devastating impact. The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance was immediately dispatched to the scene and after stabilising Jane, she was airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary in just 6 minutes – a journey that could take up to an hour by road.  Jane was placed on a life support machine for several days and spent around three months in hospital.

Jane explains: “It means a lot to me to be able to say thank you to the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, although those word will never adequately express my gratitude to the paramedics and crew who looked after me that day.

“As a 16-year-old girl, I needed that comfort from them. Although I was in and out of consciousness, I will always remember the paramedic called Andy who reassured me that I would be okay and held my hand the whole way.

“Because of their actions and exceptional care, I am now married and have been blessed with two beautiful daughters.”

The Ambucopter’s bespoke tail image design, dedicated to all its former patients, will be visible in the skies of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire until May 2020.  The Charity has also launched an interactive page on its website, which features information on businesses that have sponsored this unique opportunity, along with the incredible patient stories linked to each hand.

To find out more about sponsoring this exciting new tail design, or if you would like to get involved and help ensure the Charity’s 25th year is one to remember, visit www.ambucopter.org.uk or call 01522 548469.