MAAC Recognised at Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence

Almost 250 guests celebrated the best and brightest from the air ambulance world on Monday 17th November at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2014.

Awards host, BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin handed over ten awards to some outstanding individuals and teams, whose stories were inspirational, astonishing and humbling. The awards, which are independently judged, went to pilots, paramedics, doctors, fundraisers and volunteers who collected their trophies from Louise Minchin and co-host, Red Dwarf’s Robert Llewellyn, at the ceremony held in central London last night.

An enthusiastic audience listened to the remarkable stories of each shortlisted nominee, all of whom demonstrated excellence and commitment well above and beyond the call of duty.

Among the winners were Midlands Air Ambulance’s aircrew, who were recognised for their incredible skill, swift thinking and commitment to patient care when tending to a patient whose arm was caught in farming machinery. The team included paramedics Ian Walley, Kather ine Ellis, Fay Mason, doctor David Balthazar, and pilots captain Graham Cannell and James Benson.

Chairman of the Judging Panel, Guy Opperman MP, said:  “I can safely say that our job this year was made incredibly hard by both the number and the high quality of the entries. The exceptional skills, care and devotion of all those who were nominated was amazing and humbling to all of the judges, and for many categories we said what a shame it was that there can be only one winner. On behalf of the judges I would like to thank all those who made a nomination, congratulate every single nominee, and salute the winners.”

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.