23rd Oct, 2017

Warwickshire Air Ambulance celebrates 16,000th mission

Shaun Reynolds 30th Sep, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WARWICKSHIRE & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) is celebrating after completing its 16,000th mission during their first ever Air Ambulance Week.

Since its inception in 2003, the local service has helped save thousands of lives in Coventry & Warwickshire with each mission funded entirely by generous supporters.

The charity receives no government funding, relying on the local community to raise the £1,700 they need for each mission.

Last week the charity held its first ever Air Ambulance Week.

Volunteers painted the county yellow by handing out colourful yellow pin badges in exchange for donations – all money raised helped in saving more lives.

One person who knows the importance of the air ambulance is Jamie Burnett, who was crushed by a dumper truck in August last year.

After suffering horrific injuries – including shattering his pelvis, breaking both legs and suffering large losses of blood and skin – Jamie spent a week in an induced coma.

After an amazing recovery, Jamie finally met the air ambulance doctor who saved his life last month at a surprise birthday party held for him in WNAA’s airbase at Coventry Airport.

Jamie said: “I’m so grateful to Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance for everything they’ve done.

“Until you end up using it, you just don’t realise how much of a necessity it is.”

To find the badge sale closest to you, and for more information on the air ambulance service, visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk/give and click on your county for a full list of places and times the service’s volunteers will be out selling their badges.

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