The County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal charity has presented the West Midlands CARE Team with a grant for £30,000 to support its lifesaving work across Birmingham & the Black Country. The grant will be used to fund vehicle maintenance costs, safety equipment and vehicle medical equipment.
When presenting the £30,000 cheque, Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal said:
"We are delighted to be able to support the tremendous life-saving work that the West Midlands CARE Team performs".
Dr Matt Boylan, Clinical Director for the CARE Team said:
“The West Midlands CARE Team is extremely grateful to the HELP Appeal for this funding. We rely entirely on funds donated by the general public, businesses and grant giving charities to maintain our lifesaving service and with increasing competition across the charity sector, local charities like ourselves are often overlooked. Our volunteers are all thrilled that the Teams' efforts over the last 25 years have been recognised and rewarded in this way. This money will ensure that we are able to continue to provide on-scene critical care support to the ambulance service over the coming years”.
The HELP Appeal was created 10 years ago by the County Air Ambulance Trust. It is the only charity in the country dedicated to funding NHS hospital helipads.
West Midlands CARE Team volunteer teams have been providing critical care support to seriously ill or injured patients in the Birmingham & Black Country area for the last 25years in support of the West Midlands Ambulance Service.