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Gunwharf Quays choose Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance as Charity of the Year 2016/2017

Retail outlet Gunwharf Quays has selected Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) as Charity of the Year for 2016/2017. With eight million shoppers visiting the South Coast’s leading designer outlet shopping centre every year, the opportunity will provide HIOWAA with invaluable exposure, helping to raise the profile of the charity within the local community.

Ray Southam, HIOWAA Corporate and Community Fundraiser, commented: “We are hugely grateful for this opportunity to be able to reach out to a wider audience and to spread the word about our life-saving work in a new environment.”

Throughout the year the HIOWAA fundraising team will be joined by Gunwharf Quays staff to help raise valuable funds through a series of events at the centre.  The team recently visited the retail outlet with their popular ‘Herocopter’ mascot and spent the day handing out flags and posing for photos with children.

Colin Wilding, General Manager at Gunwharf Quays, added: “It’s great to be supporting Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance as our chosen Charity of the Year. The charity provides a vital service which relies on support from the community so we’re delighted to offer our help. Over the next 12 months Gunwharf Quays will be hosting an array of fundraising activities for shoppers, diners and local residents to get stuck into; we look forward to raising as much as possible for this very deserving cause.”

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance flies seven days a week, up to 19 hours a day, and attends an average of two to three missions a day, many of them life saving.  The charity receives no government, statutory or national lottery funding for routine operations, and is entirely dependent on gifts received from members of the public, companies and grant-making bodies to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.   To keep the Air Ambulance flying HIOWAA needs to raise approximately £230,000 per month.


Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance                                 Tel:  02380 333377
Caroline Tyree (Communications and PR Lead)
Melissa Hare (Press Officer)

Media contacts for Gunwharf Quays:
Hannah Keddie / Holly Broadway at Grayling: or 02380 382970

Notes to Editors

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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 approximately £230,000 per month.


Our medical achievements


  • We now 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.

Our statistics


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%

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