Last week some of our staff were able to visit the MAGPAS air base at RAF Wyton. This came about after the company made a successful charity auction bid at the annual dinner of the local Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). The Peterborough CII donated all proceeds of just over £4,500 from this year’s event to MAGPAS.
MAGPAS Air Ambulance is a charity based in Cambridgeshire that brings crucial lifesaving care by land and air to patients in life-threatening emergencies in the East of England and beyond. It is also renowned in the medical world for offering pioneering training to doctors and paramedics wishing to specialise in pre-hospital emergency medicine.
Prior to our visit, many of us hadn't fully appreciated that this is not a state-funded service and relies on generous public donations to continue saving lives.
Our staff were able to get a real insight into how the service operates and were full of admiration for what is being achieved and the dedication of the whole team, especially when considering that some of the time worked is voluntary, including from those providing the emergency medical provision.
During our time on site the response team took an emergency call and so our staff were able to witness the dispatch we have photgraphed. This was a truly humbling experience and a stark reminder of how important fundraising is, and what a vital role the general public have in supporting this amazing charity. We are really appreciative of having such an opportunity to visit the base and would encourage all readers to consider any support they may be able to offer to the charity. More details are available on their website - Magpas