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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance wins Air Ambulance Award of Excellence

15th November 2016

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) had reason to celebrate last night after winning an Association of Air Ambulances Award of Excellence for its highly successful ‘Be a 999 Hero’ Education programme. The awards ceremony took place on 14 November at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington.

HIOWAA CEO Alex Lochrane commented; ‘We are thrilled to be recognised for the success of our ‘Be a 999 Hero’ programme and the part that it has played in spreading our life saving message to children aged 4-11 across our region’.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance ‘Be a 999 Hero’ education programme is designed to teach young people about how to respond in an emergency and to highlight the importance of the Air Ambulance and other emergency services.

At the forefront of the campaign are five super hero characters, inspired by the charity’s team of paramedics, doctors and pilots. The characters are featured on a website ( specifically designed for young people, so that they can access vital safety information, fundraising ideas, games and a news page of activity from across the region. In addition, primary schools benefit from a 30 minute interactive presentation for pupils in class or assembly, plus a surprise visit from one of the charity’s three new mascots; Pilot Paws, Teddy Medic and Herocopter.

Since launching the programme in October 2015, the charity has delivered its life saving message to over 20,000 children in schools, clubs and nurseries across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Alex Lochrane continued ‘We could not have achieved this without the support of our crew and a loyal band of volunteers who help to deliver our interactive presentation to children across our region. This award goes as much to them and also to our brilliant corporate sponsor Knight Frank who have been hugely supportive at every stage’.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance flies seven days a week 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 donations received from members of the public, companies and grant-making bodies to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.


Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Tel: 02380 333377
Caroline Tyree (PR and Communications Lead)
Melissa Hare (Press Officer)
Notes to Editors
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Alex Lochrane is available for interview

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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