A flying visit to Smallwood

Pupils from Smallwood Manor got the chance to take a close-up look inside a helicopter cock pit as it paid a flying visit to their school last week.

Midlands Air Ambulance brought its ‘helipod’ to the school to say thank you for a donation of £387 by the Friends of Smallwood Manor.

During assembly, Amita Patel, Schools and Education Fundraising Manager from Midlands Air Ambulance explained about the lifesaving work carried out by the crew of pilots and paramedics on a daily basis

Once the talk was over, youngsters got a chance to look around the helipod - a former air ambulance, which since its retirement from flying duty has had its blades and tail removed so it can be taken by road to fundraising and educational events.

Claire Frost, committee member of the Friends of Smallwood Manor Preparatory School added: “The work that the Midlands Air Ambulance does to ensure that people receive the emergency treatment they need is hugely worthwhile and made them the natural recipient for our donation.”
Midlands Air Ambulance had a great day out at Smallwood Manor and is pleased to hear that the pupils thoroughly enjoyed themselves too.

OPERATIONS STATISTICS:
Missions completed since 1991: 49,869 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts up to three horse riders each week.