14 (COLE’S KOP) BATTERY COVER 15,533 MILES FOR HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT AIR AMBULANCE
14 (Cole’s Kop) Battery, from 16 Regiment Royal Artillery, have chosen to raise money for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) by taking on the significant challenge of covering the distance from the Falkland Islands to the Charity Air Base in Thruxton; a grand total of 15,553 miles. The Battery is currently deployed to the Falkland Islands as the Resident Air Defence Battery, providing Ground Based Air Defence to UK forces on the Islands. Members of the Battery plan to cover the 15,533 miles during this deployment by spending their free time running, cycling, rowing, swimming or using any other human-powered propulsion. Once a month, the Battery is also conducting a larger event, such as a 24 hour treadmill relay challenge, a 12 hour swim or 24 hour football challenge.
Members of the Battery chose to raise the money for HIOWAA after the young son of a soldier from the Battery was rescued by the Air Ambulance following a tragic incident in which he was stabbed in his home town of Emsworth. Declan Carr-McElhatton and his friend were attacked whilst walking home from school one afternoon. The HIOWAA crew were able to get to Declan within the vital golden hour; in time to save his life before transporting him to Southampton General Hospital. Declan is now well on the road to a full recovery.
To date the Battery has completed 4550 miles, including their first endurance event; a 24 hour treadmill relay. The team covered 174 miles whilst also carrying out their essential operational duties. On 18th February, the Battery undertook a 12 hour relay swim.
HIOWAA CEO Alex Lochrane commented
“We are hugely grateful to 14 (Cole’s Kop) Battery for the heroic challenge that they are undertaking on our behalf. Every mile that the Battery covers is a tribute to our crew and the role that they played in saving Declan’s life.”
Any donations to the Battery’s fundraising effort can be made via their JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/helpforskyheroes.
Funded solely by donations, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance receives no government funding for operational purposes, relying entirely on the generosity of the people and businesses of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives. All of the money raised from this event will help keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.
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HIOWAA is the charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Using an H135, the latest generation of EC135 helicopter, our doctor and paramedic team can be at a patient’s side within minutes, providing life-saving medical interventions, such as blood transfusions and anaesthesia at the roadside. We fly 7 days a week and attend to an average of 2-3 missions per day, many of them life saving.
Our helicopter can be anywhere within Hampshire in 15 minutes and anywhere within the Isle of Wight within 20 minutes. It can land in areas the size of a tennis court and on almost any terrain.
In early 2016 HIOWAA commenced night HEMS operations and is now able to undertake emergency missions during the hours of darkness, providing emergency medical support where and when it is needed most.
HIOWAA receives no Government funding, and relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives. As a charity we only receive help through the secondment of paramedics from our key partner, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust – SCAS. To keep the Air Ambulance flying we need to raise in excess of £7,500 per day.
Our medical achievements
- We carry blood on board.
- We have doctors on board for the majority of our missions.
- We operate a modern H135 aircraft.
- In 2016 we began night HEMS operations, enabling us to undertake emergency missions during the hours of darkness, reaching sick and injured people when they need us most.
Our current fundraising aims
- To maintain the current service.
- To have a doctor on board for every mission.
- To deliver extended flying hours, working towards a 24 hour service.
We fly 7 days a week, 365 days a year, both day and night.
- RTC 33%
- Cardiac/collapse 25%
- Sports and falls 18%
- Horse riding 16%
- Industrial injury 4%
- Transfers 3%
To find out more, please visit www.hiowaa.org