MAAC Launches Education Centre With Andrew Ruhan and Mike Tindall!

A leading Midland’s businessman, Andy Ruhan, has pledged a five figure donation to MAAC to build an Education and Visitor Centre after the service’s helicopter emergency medical service saved his life after a horrific helicopter crash.

The donation from the Birmingham born entrepreneur, who is the Chairman of Bridgehouse Capital, has helped the charity to build an education facility at the Strensham airbase in Worcestershire, the first of its kind in the country. Amongst other things, it will help educate young children on the life saving work of the charity, the importance of staying safe and first aid. 

The facility will help visitors and school children learn more about the lifesaving work of the charity. It will have on display specialist equipment such as flight suits, helmets and vital medical equipment. It will also have various educational items and giant pictures on the wall of the helicopter and its equipment as well as a TV screen and computer, where videos and slides can be used as part of the educational experience.

Commenting on the official unveiling of the centre Mr Ruhan said: “I am hugely indebted to the amazing life saving work of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and its staff.  I owe my life to the incredible work of the air ambulance, the pilots and paramedics  who saved my life and airlifted me speedily to hospital before I had life saving surgery. Had it not been for the rapid response of the air ambulance and the lifesaving care I received at the scene of the crash I may well have not survived.”

He added: “We all take this wonderful life saving service for granted and it is only in our hour of need that we truly appreciate the amazing work of the air ambulance and their dedicated staff. The pilots, paramedics and doctors who work on this crucial life saving service are truly incredible people.” 

Commenting on the launch of the Education Centre unveiling Midland’s Air Ambulance Charity's CEO Hanna Sebright said: “We are truly grateful for the personal donation made by Andy Ruhan to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity which has funded our new Education Centre. This wonderful donation will help educate visitors and children to our Strensham airbase on the lifesaving work of the charity.  It is always humbling to hear how we have helped to make a difference to someone’s life. Andy’s story is a truly remarkable one of recovery and survival.”   

The Midlands Air Ambulance responds to around 3,000 emergency incidents per year.  In the last 12 months alone, the service attended 1,048 road traffic accidents on some of the most congested motorway networks in the country, responded to 175 industrial accidents, 432 sporting injuries, 158 equestrian accidents, completed 100 emergency hospital transfers and airlifted 188 children.

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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.