FORMULA ONE RACING LEGEND NIGEL MANSELL CBE SUPPORTS THE MIDLANDS AIR AMBULANCE CHARITY
Mansell joins stars from the worlds of sport and entertainment who are ambassadors and celebrity supporters of the lifesaving work. Former Top Gear Presenter Richard Hammond and Formula One racing driver David Coulthard MBE are two of the names from the world of motorsport who have supported the charity recently.
Other sporting stars who support the charity include former professional rugby players and Rugby World Cup winners Mike Tindall MBE, Neil Back MBE Phil Vickery MBE, London 2012 Equestrian Gold medalists Carl Hester MBE, Nick Skelton MBE 10 times Paralympian gold medalist Lee Pearson MBE OBE CBE, actor/writer John Challis (Only Fools & Horses) and Harry Potter actor James Phelps (Harry Potter)
Mansell who was born locally in Upton Upon Severn in Worcestershire, near to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s airbase at Strensham in Worcestershire, will help raise awareness and draw attention to the lifesaving work of the charity which receives NO Government or National Lottery funding and relies solely on the generosity of the general public.
Each year the charity has to raise in excess of £7m to keep its three helicopters airborne 365 days per year. The Midlands Air Ambulance is one of the longest serving air ambulance charities in the UK. Since its inception in 1991 it has airlifted and helped save over 43,000 lives. The charity covers a population in excess of six million people across the counties of Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, and the West Midlands making it also one of the busiest in the UK.
MIDLANDS AIR AMBULANCE responds to around 2,000 emergency incidents every year. In the last 12 months alone, it has attended 650 road traffic accidents on some of the most congested motorway networks in the country, responded to 83 industrial accidents, 378 sporting injuries and falls, 105 equestrian accidents, completed 28 emergency hospital transfers and airlifted 158 children
Racing legend Mansell has 31 Formula One Grand Prix victories to his illustrious career and is the only person in racing history to have held the titles of Formula One and CART champion simultaneously. Mansell is regarded as one of the greatest ever Formula One drivers of all time.
Nigel Mansell CBE said: “I am delighted to support and raise awareness of the lifesaving work of the Midlands Air Ambulance which has such a close connection to Formula One and motorsport and to every one of us who drives on Britain’s busiest roads and motorway networks each day. We only ever appreciate the real value of the air ambulance when we maybe unfortunate to either be in a road traffic accident or indeed to witness one.”
He continued: “ We are also all too often reminded of the incredible lifesaving work of the air ambulances in Formula One and motorsport, when many of our friends are airlifted from serious crashes on the circuits. Fernando Alonso’s crash earlier in this season’s pre testing in Barcelona, highlighted how vital the speed of the air ambulances are in these circumstances. The “Golden Hour”, as it’s so often referred too, is so critical in helping to save lives. The speed of air ambulances, the skill of the pilots and the critical care on board with paramedics and doctors is second to none. I fully support the fantastic lifesaving work of the Midlands Air Ambulance and encouraging the public to make a donation and support their work.”
The charity operates three state of the art Eurocopter EC135t2 air ambulance helicopters, which are based at RAF Cosford airbase, near Shifnal Shropshire (covering Shropshire and the West Midlands), Tatenhill airbase, near Burton-on-Trent Staffordshire (covering Staffordshire and the West Midlands), and Strensham Services on the M5 Worcestershire (covering Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity CEO Hanna Sebright said: “We are truly honoured to have the support of world class Formula One racing legend Nigel Mansell CBE helping to highlight the lifesaving work of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. Nigel Mansell is loved both by the British public, fans of Formula One and many people across the wider Midlands region. It is truly fitting that he should choose to highlight and support the valuable work of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.”