Denstone Factor Team Take Off Again

Members of the Denstone Factor team have presented a cheque to another local charity following the highly successful Denstone Factor 2012 held last month.   This week,  Debbie Andrew,  Sarah Bentley,  Liz Ratcliffe and Pete Smith met with Charles Docksey of the Midland Air Ambulance Charity to hand over a cheque for £300.

The presentation took place at the Step 2 Dance Studio in Uttoxeter with members of the winning street dance troupe -  Karizma Krew -  in attendance. (Click photo to see larger version.)

It is not always fully appreciated that Midlands Air Ambulance (formerly known as County Air Ambulance)  is funded solely by the public and local businesses.  The Charity receives no government money or National Lottery funding.  It is purely the generosity of the public which helps to raise the £6 million required each year to ensure our three helicopters remain operational.

Midlands Air Ambulance has been saving lives since 1991 and has now flown more than 30,000 missions.  The Charity has an unrivalled reputation as a ‘life saver’,  serving communities across six counties of the Midlands and Welsh border region.

The fleet comprises three Eurocopter 135 aircraft,  each carrying a crew of three –  Pilot,  two Paramedics or a Flight Doctor and Paramedic.  The helicopter also carries full life-support medical equipment.

It is generally accepted that the first hour after an accident -  referred to as the ‘Golden Hour’  -  is a crucial time for any patient.   If a patient reaches hospital during those first sixty minutes,  the chances of survival are greatly increased.   That’s why the rapid response of an Air Ambulance is so vital in an emergency.   The maximum flying time to the nearest hospital from anywhere in the region is less than fifteen minutes.

For more information on how to support the MAA please go their website www.midlandsairambulance.com