FRIDAY, MARCH 07, 2014
We owe a huge thank you to Powertraveller, who have just become a Bronze Corporate Partner, with a donation of £1000 spread over 3 years.
In addition, they have generously offered to provide a Powermonkey Extreme to the team of HIOWAA supporters who will be climbing Kilimanjaro in 2015. A waterproof, solar powered charger, the Powermonkey Extreme will allow the team to charge their mobile phones and cameras using solar power during the trek. Participants will also be able to buy other equipment at a discount.
Powertraveller Ltd designs, develops and manufactures a range of award-winning off-grid power solutions for electronics devices up to 24Volts.
Designed in the UK and tested to destruction in some of the world’s most inhospitable environments, the products in Powertraveller’s range are capable of charging anything from cell phones (including iPhone and BlackBerry), iPods and headlamps through to GPS, professional torches, iPads and laptops.
We are looking forward to working with Powertraveller over the next three years and especially in the run up to our Kilimanjaro trek in 2015.
FRIDAY, MARCH 07, 2014
On 10th May, The Insurance Institute of Southampton is holding a Spring Fashion Event at St Mary's Stadium, Britannia Road, Southampton. The show will include popular High Street names and designer labels, with a chance to purchase at discounted prices after the show. The afternoon will include refreshments and a raffle and all proceeds will be shared by Naomi House and HIOWAA. To book your tickets please email firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 05, 2014
We know there is a lot of choice when it comes to taking your unwanted clothing to be recycled, but Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance would like to remind you to choose the yellow clothing banks when it comes to discarding your old garments and support your local Air Ambulance.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance works with recycling partner ‘Bag It Up’ Ltd who collect unwanted shoes and textiles and then convert them into money for the Air Ambulance. They can even make use of old worn-out shoes and garments which are damaged. Simply bag them up and then put them in the charity’s yellow textile banks across the county.
The charity has been working with ‘Bag It Up’ Ltd on increasing the number of textile bank locations to ensure that people have more chance of using their recycling banks over other banks that are available. There are locations all across the county and recently they have added the following new banks:
Inkinit - Basingstoke
Wightlink Ferry car park, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
Sandy Balls, Fordingbridge
Tesco Winnall, Winchester
IBM - Portsmouth
John Perry, Chief Executive of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance said ‘We would like to remind people that supporting your Air Ambulance can be achieved in many ways and just by choosing to use our textile banks to recycle your clothing is a great place to start. ’
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance relies solely on the generosity of the public to maintain its service. The Air Ambulance requires in excess of £125,000 each month which is why the kindness of people’s donations really makes a big difference and helps to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.
TUESDAY, MARCH 04, 2014
On Friday 25th April there will be a Race Night held to raise money for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance at Yarmouth Institute Hall on the Isle of Wight from 8pm.
There will be eight races in total which will be shown on a screen and will give people a chance to place several bets throughout the evening.
HIOWAA are looking for people or companies who can come and help by sponsoring one of four of the races. There will also be the opportunity for individuals to become an owner of a horse for the night, which they also get to name, for a minimum of £10. Additionally people will be able to sponsor a jockey for a pound.
Bring your friends along for a great evening out and you may come away with a few extra pounds in your pocket.
If you would like to come along to this event and show your support for your local Air Ambulance then please contact email@example.com
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014
The annual New Forest Volunteer Fair takes place on 15 March from 10.30am to 4pm this year at Lyndhurst Community Centre – a one-stop shop for organisations looking to recruit new volunteers who want to try new skills, meet new people and have fun at the same time. Last year, 300 people from across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire came to the fair to meet 30 different organisations, including ourselves.
Kirsty Watts, our Volunteer Co-ordinator and Community and Corporate Fundraiser James King, will be there to represent HIOWAA and they would love to see you. So if you are at all interested in volunteering, then why not stop by to have a chat with them.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014
We would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to South Midlands Communications for their recent donation of £1,000. We rely heavily upon the generosity of companies and individuals to allow us to continue to save lives and their gift is hugely appreciated.
Our Minutes Matter Campaign to raise £1.5m has now passed the £1.1m mark. This puts us on track to commit to our night flying helicopter in 2015. We want to be in a position to attend emergencies and save lives after dark, just as we do in daylight hours, and every donation takes us a step closer to achieving this.
SMC was established in 1958 and initially specialised in antenna support masts, towers and HF antennas. SMC is now recognised globally as a specialist communications company.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014
As part of my training for the Hampshire hilly hundred cycling sportive, I started out on my morning ride. I left my house and started up the hill outside my house. Immediately I noticed the grinding sound of a lorry in first gear behind me. I climbed the hill aware that the lorry driver was patiently following me, waiting for a safe moment to pass. At the brow of the hill I pulled over, for some unknown reason, on the right hand. Here the road was banked, and as the lorry passed I unclipped my foot from the right hand pedal, intending to come to rest on my right foot. However, I had underestimated the banking and found myself losing my balance and falling to the left. I fell under the lorry, the driver saw me falling and immediately stopped. He stopped, but the back wheel was crushing my pelvis. The driver backed off.
It turned out that the driver was Mike from MPM waste who empties our septic tank. That’s a very heavy lorry and fortunately, thanks to his careful driving, he had stopped before the wheel went over me. If it had gone any further, I was a goner. He got out of the cab, I was screaming in pain . He immediately called for an ambulance, I then was able to tell him my home number and I heard him talking to my wife. To be honest everything then went into a blur. My wife ran up the hill, the ambulance arrived and then shortly afterwards the Air Ambulance. All of this seemed pretty immediate. I was conscious through all of this until a doctor apparently gave me a Ketamin injection and then I lost consciousness. According to my wife, the doctor said that at some point I had no pulse.
I was now unconscious and the next thing I was aware of was waking up in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Portsmouth, several hours later. I don’t know what would have happened if the Air Ambulance had not arrived, would I have been dead by then? Which hospital would I have arrived at?
It turned out that my femur had been driven through my hip joint. My pelvis was broken in several other places and all the ligaments that held my pelvis to my spine had been ripped. There was lots of internal bleeding, but fortunately no organ damage. I spent one week in Portsmouth before being transported, very uncomfortably, to Basingstoke where I was put in the hands of a specialist surgeon, Mr Rositor, a genius in the pelvis area. He eventually pinned, plated and screwed me back together. All in all I was only three weeks in hospital, which looking back at, seems ridiculously short. The NHS hospital staff were amazing, the aftercare appalling. Fortunately I had my wonderful wife and the Pinder centre to look after and support me. I was then home for three months, getting hydro therapy and physio at the Pinder centre in Avington.
Mr Rositor said as I lay in my bed in hospital that it would take me a year to recover, I was mortified. After a year I went back to him and said, “Is that it?“. He said, “If I had said two years, you would have been really cross”. He was right. I continued to make a steady recovery and still am. I am wonky and stiff, but pilates and cycling have been the secret to my recovery. I can’t run or walk long distances, but I can cycle faster than ever.
The Air Ambulance saved my life. In this country we take services like this for granted because we assume that they are part of the national infrastructure. It isn’t so it needs our support. Last year my son aged 9 walked half of the South Downs way and raised £840 for the Air Ambulance. This year he wants to do the whole thing. We all need to do our bit to support this precious service.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014
If you live in or near to the Chandlers Ford area, we now have a local collection point for used stamps. Please take your used stamps to:
Jonathan Rees Property Services
100 Winchester Road
Contact: Rosemany Rees
Rosemary will collect your stamps on our behalf and deliver them to us once there are enough for us to sell and raise funds for HIOWAA. We are able to earn between £15-£18 per 750g of UK stamps and approximately £20 per 750g of foreign stamps.
If anyone else is interested in acting as a collection point for used stamps for us in Hampshire or the Isle of Wight, then please do get in touch.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014
Further to the announcement earlier this week that Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance will be operating an enhanced model of the familiar Eurocopter 135 with effect from June 2014, the charity is pleased to announce that branding and conversion work has already begun on the new helicopter.
In the interim, as part of Bond Air Service’s re-positioning of aircraft within their fleet, from Thursday 27th February, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance will be operating another Eurocopter 135 . The helicopter will carry the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance logo and branding. However, the eagle eyed may spot that it looks slightly different from the usual branding that has become such a familiar sight across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and that will return to service in June 2014.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance are pleased to announce a further step in the continuing development of the Air Ambulance service. With effect from June 2014, the charity will be operating with an enhanced model of the familiar Eurocopter 135. The new model will also be a Eurocopter 135, but it will be a more up to date version, current with all related technological advances.
Tony Nicholson , Chairman of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance commented “We are very happy to have been able to arrange this with our partner, Bond Air Services. The trustees are committed to a path of continuous development and this move is the next step. Everything that helps our crews to deliver this vital service has to be good news for all those who depend on us”.