Prince William Helps Raise London Air Ambulance Charity’s First $1 Million
For the very first time in London Air Ambulance Charity’s history, their gala night raised almost £1 million. The raised amount will be able to ensure that over 400 life-saving missions are flown.
At the Gala night, the Duke, who is also a patron, took to the stage to praise the charity’s tremendous work during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Duke of Cambridge Highlights the “Exceptional” Work Done by London’s Air Ambulance Charity
At the Gala, Prince William met and chatted with the men and women who make up the medical and operational crew. As a former Air Pilot himself, having served from 2015 to 2017, Prince William has “seen first hand the difference trauma teams can make to those in need”.
“I’m delighted to be here tonight to celebrate the work of London’s Air Ambulance Charity”, Prince William began in his speech. He also detailed how London’s congested city and limited landing spaces makes its airspace amongst the “most difficult in the world” to fly in.
Continuing on, he pointed out that the coronavirus pandemic added its own difficulty to an already challenging situation. The Prince further detailed the inspirational story of how the London Air Ambulance saved Bruno’s life when he was 11 and had been knocked off from his scooter by a vehicle.
Bruno suffered serious injury to his head, and had it not been for the quickness of the medical staff in arriving at the the scene, he might not have been able to stand up on stage to tell his story four years later, aged 15.
The moving messages from Prince William and, of course, ex-patient Bruno, provoked an incredible reaction in the Gala’s attendees that they donated “an astounding £944,705” in one night.
London Air Ambulance Charity Congratulates its Supporters, While Asking for More Donations
At the gala night, Prince William drew people’s attention to the fact that the Charity needs a new fleet by 2024 in order to keep delivering time-efficient emergency response in the capital.
He said that accidents can happen to anyone at anytime, and that is why resources should be provided to ensure that medical treatment can be delivered to the injured in record time.
The Charity’s mission is to deliver groundbreaking medical support, from doctors and paramedics to their medical equipment, to the spot where it is needed at any time of the day and year.
“Your support allows London’s Air Ambulance to continue to provide immediate hospital-level care to the 10 million people who live, work and travel in London,” the Charity shared on its official social media pages.
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