Barclays London Heliport welcomes launch of The Children’s Air Ambulance with Simon Le Bon

Source: BlueSky – The Barclays London Heliport was delighted to welcome the launch of The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) last week when Sloane Helicopters flew in their special liveried and dedicated AgustaWestland AW109S helicopter carrying Alex Toft, Director of Operations and Clinical Services of The Air Ambulance Service and TCAA ambassador Duran Duran star Simon Le Bon.

Simon Hutchins, Manager of the Reuben Brothers-owned Barclays London Heliport greeted the guests when the helicopter landed from Coventry Airport, the operations base of theTCAA. Applauding the initiative, The Reuben Foundation has pledged its support to The Children’s Air Ambulance, commenting: “We recognise the crucial service provided by The Children’s Air Ambulance across London and the UK and are pleased to give our support and welcome them to The Barclays London Heliport.”

TCAA will transfer critically ill children from general hospitals to Paediatric Intensive Care Units across England and Wales, or help move specialist paediatric teams to enable children to receive the lifesaving, specialist treatment and care that they need as soon as possible, cutting transfer times.

Simon Hutchins (far left), Alex Toft (far right) and Simon Le Bon with the Barclays London Heliport Team.

Commenting on the launch, Alex Toft said: “It was a hugely exciting day for us. After months of planning, we’re now entering a two month phase of training and fundraising – our crew will be visiting five children’s transfer groups across the UK for familiarisation purposes – before beginning to undertake missions in early 2013.”

Simon Le Bon commented: “The Children’s Air Ambulance is a fantastic new service that is desperately needed throughout the UK. Each year, thousands of seriously ill children need urgent care at specialist hospitals. This service relies completely on charitable donations from the general public. It is my intention to do all I can to raise the profile of TCAA and to help raise the money that is so crucial to keeping the service running.”

The service needs a further £545,000 to begin delivering a lifesaving service to critically ill babies and children in England and Wales, with a further £134,000 required per month to maintain the service. The organisation is funded solely through the generous donations received from the public and vital support from corporate sponsors – without any Government or National Lottery funding.

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