Midlands Air Ambulance Named Air Ambulance Of The Year

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is celebrating after being named ‘Air Ambulance Team of the Year’ at the recent Ambulance Service Institute Awards, hosted at a prestigious ceremony at the House of Lords.

The Ambulance Service Institute (ASI) Awards recognise those working in the pre-hospital care sector who have gone above and beyond what is expected in their commitment to saving lives.

Midlands Air Ambulance paramedics Ian Walley, Fay Pollock and Katherine Ellis, plus Midlands Air Ambulance doctor David Balthazar, alongside pilots from Bond Air Services, Graham Cannell and James Benson, received the accolade. They were recognised for their roles at a particularly challenging and dangerous agricultural incident in Barton-Under-Needwood where Midlands Air Ambulance aircrews from RAF Cosford and Tatenhill were in attendance.

On receiving the award, Ian Walley said: “I’m highly honoured to have this in my hands. I am representing the two crews, the fire department and the agricultural people who were on scene at the time – all attempting the same thing which was the rescue of an individual trapped.”

Hanna Sebright, chief executive for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “At Midlands Air Ambulance we pride ourselves at being at the forefront of delivering the very best emergency pre-hospital patient care, and I am extremely proud of our aircrew who received the award.”


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.