Our Day with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

by Rapid Welding 8. June 2018 16:40
>>>>>> Marianne & Becca (right) with the HIOWWA crew <<<<<<
 
 
HIOWAA is Rapid's chosen charity for 2018, and we are fundraising throughout the year to raise money for this very valuable service.  We have been very lucky to be invited to HIOWAA air base at Thurxton to learn first-hand about the charity and the work they do.
 
It costs approximately £9,000 a day to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives. They fly 365 days a year, on average three times a day, however it can be as many as eight. Without any government funding, they rely solely on donations from the public.
 
The critical care teams have received advanced training to be able to carry out more in-depth lifesaving actions than the regular ambulance service. The medical equipment they carry on board is also more advanced than the regular ambulance service, with a doctor present on 97% of flights.
  
HIOWAA recently had an extension of the service that they are able provide to the sick and injured of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight with the arrival of the Critical Care Team Vehicle.  This is crewed by a team of HIOWAA doctors and paramedics and has parallel capability to the Air Ambulance. The Vehicle provides the same enhanced care as that delivered by the Helicopter, but now able to get to the more difficult to reach urban areas.
 
 
 
>>>>>>>> Marianne checks out the on-board equipment <<<<<<<
 
During our visit we were able to visit the training facilities used by the critical care team; the immersive simulation suite uses multiple projectors and speakers which allows realistic incident scenes to be produced at the base. The extensive options range from being at the side of a busy road, in the middle of a nightclub, to a lakeside path, therefore giving the team a chance to experience situations they may encounter whilst carrying out their life saving roles. Training is carried out on life-like dummies with simulated patient monitors, which produce realistic information and training for continual training, experience and improvement. Regular training helps existing staff to stay sharp and to practice normally infrequently performed procedures such as open chest surgery.  
 
 
 
>>>>>>>> Marianne experienced some hands-on training <<<<<<<
  
 
We would like to say a huge thank you to the team, they do a truly amazing job and it was a privilege to learn first-hand about the charity and the work they do.
 
 
HIOWWA is also Rapid's 2018 charity and we are fundraising all year round. If you wish to support us, we have set up a Just Giving page for anyone who wishes to donate and help us reach our target of £2,500 > Just Giving.
 

 

 

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Just Giving - Help Someone Today

by Rapid Welding 4. November 2015 17:11

Next week the team at Rapid are doing something collectively to help others. We have decided to give blood & join the Bone Marrow Register.

It all came about when one of our team made us aware of a family member with Leukemia. Having undergone chemotherapy and isolation, and with the best possible outcome being a bone marrow donation, we all wanted to do something to help. An office meeting followed, during which it was decided the best way we could show support to our colleague and his family was to give blood and join the British Bone Marrow Registry.

What is the British Bone Marrow Registry? 

The British Bone Marrow Registry is a division of NHS Blood and Transplant, working in co-operation with the other UK bone marrow/blood donor registries, Anthony Nolan, a charity dedicated to saving the lives of patients needing a stem cell transplant and the NHS Cord Blood Bank. Stem cell donations from cord blood can be made at specialist hospitals within the NHS. For more information see www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/cordblood/.

With the Rapid machine in full swing, we discovered several blood donation sessions in Portsmouth coming up, and as such, a number of us are turning up to face the needle and give blood, as well as join the register. It seems like such a small thing to do, but when it affects those close to home, you soon realise what a massive thing it is for someone in need.

Another of our team is fundraising via the Just Giving Crowdfunding website. Here's a little bit about their situation:

We're raising £10000 to have pre-implantation genetic diagnosis because It could give my Grandson Alfie a happy life.

Alfie is a happy 5 year old boy. He has a condition called X-Linked Hyper igm Syndrome.  It's a condition that affects the immune system and only occurs in males. Alfie is prone to catching recurrent infections that could be life threatening, and as such receives weekly infusions of Immunoglobulin and is on permanent antibiotics. The cure for his condition is either a bone marrow transplantation or cord blood stem cell transplantation from a matched donor.

 Please pledge to my Just Giving Crowdfunding Page and help make it happen:


https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/AlfiesWish?utm_id=2

 

With Just Giving Crowdfunding, anyone can raise money to fund their own project - anything from setting up a food bank to buying a wheelchair for a relative or even saving a local football club. If you're interested in raising money to make good things happen, why not start your Crowdfunding Page today at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/?utm_id=3

 

 Thank you for reading

 

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