The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA), a UK HEMS Charity, has announced that it has flown its 8,000th mission.
The milestone was achieved by Dr Liz Shewry, Specialist Critical Care Paramedics Mike Funge and Oliver Saddler and Pilot Marcus Doyle, on 1 August. The charity first took to the air 11 years ago.
“We are proud to have been able to deliver this life-saving service to so many people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. 8,000 call-outs means we have been able to reach 8,000 people in their hour of need,” Chief Executive of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, Alex Lochrane said. “This is only possible thanks to the generosity of the local community. We are not government funded. Our Charity is run entirely on donations from the community, for the community. I am truly grateful to anyone who puts some pennies in one of our collection pots, plays our Charity Lottery, donates monthly or takes on one of our fundraising challenges. Any donation, big or small, makes such a difference.”