Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s airbase Open Day at Tatenhill raised enough money to fund three lifesaving air ambulance missions, covering the costs of the helicopter, the specialist clinical team, equipment and medicine.
The free family fun day was held for the second year on Sunday 14th July, and thousands flocked to enjoy the sunshine and find out more about the pre-hospital emergency service.
The charity also set itself the challenge of aiming to teach 100 members of the public how to perform CPR throughout the day. Incredibly, 260 people in total were taught how to practice CPR by the aircrew, an invaluable skill as public assistance with someone suffering a cardiac arrest before clinicians arrive greatly increases a person’s chances of survival.
A number of emergency services featured at the event also, including fire service, police and ambulance. A traction engine kept children entertained, along with fairground rides, stalls and the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity merchandise stand.
Performances wowed crowds throughout the day including aircrew demonstrations, morris dancing, and ‘Dance with Miss Ness’ dance company. The public heard from a number of survivors and supporters of the charity, who shared their inspirational stories.
Emma Gray, fundraising and marketing director for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “The Tatenhill airbase Open Day was a huge success for the second year running, and it is a delight to see so many friendly faces coming out to show their support for the charity.
“The day is great fun for people of all ages, and we are so appreciative that the event has raised enough to fund three missions. Midlands Air Ambulance Charity receives no Government or National Lottery funding for its daily operations, so it’s through support such as this that our helicopters are able to continue saving lives.”