Bright Sparks Take To The Skies

Six employees from npower’s Oldbury office donned parachutes to take part in a sky dive to raise money for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC.

The energy supplier’s employees decided to raise money for the charity after a colleague’s family member had to use the life saving Midlands Air Ambulance a couple of years ago. The skydive raised £4,500 for the service.

Sarah Whitelaw’s two year old cousin, Jack Pinder, was involved in a serious road traffic accident in 2011 and it was MAAC’s quick service that saved his life.

Sarah said: “When my cousin was involved in an accident the MAAC were fantastic and the speed of which they arrived to the incident was amazing. Unfortunately he has been left with disabilities but these could have been made worse had they not have been so quick.

"I decided to arrange a sky dive to say thank you for their services and raise as much money as I can.”

MAAC’s vision is to provide first class life saving care to patients across six counties in the Midlands, by ensuring they reach the most appropriate specialist trauma hospital for their needs within the Golden Hour.

Sofia Voutianitis, corporate fundraising manager for MAAC, added: “As our three aircraft are called out to traumatic incidents up to eight times a day 365 days a year, we often speak to people who have come into contact with our life saving service like in Jack’s case. The money raised through npower’s skydive will help to fund two further life saving missions.”

OPERATIONS STATISTICS:
Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.