Hampshire's air ambulance gets £50,000 donation

Hampshire's air ambulance gets £50,000 donation

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 12:40pm 29th April 2020. (Updated at 2:55pm 29th April 2020)

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The Phoenix Group has donated the money to help the charity's life-saving work during Covid-19.

Europe's largest life and pensions consolidator became a charity partner of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance in February 2019.

That link up was due to end this Spring but the Phoenix Group says "given the importance of the role the service is providing in the face of Covid-19"  it's now extending that to the end of 2020.


Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has been dedicated to remaining on the front-line throughout the current pandemic, providing critical care to the most seriously ill and injured patients in the region. 

The charity's Specialist Critical Care Paramedics have also volunteered to work extra shifts in the Emergency Department at Southampton General Hospital..  

This charity was one one of the first Air Ambulance services to collaborate with the RAF, carrying critically ill patients from more remote areas to major trauma centres, including The Nightingale Hospital at the Excel Centre in London. 

Phoenix's donation will help with the with operational funding of the Charity's life-saving service, which has so far responded to nearly 500 call-outs this year. 

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Andy Briggs, CEO, Phoenix Group said,

"It is vital we recognise the life-saving efforts of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and the unprecedented demands for their service at this time. They need more funds to survive and help others. As our charity partner, it is our duty to donate and this small measure is part of our wider commitment to support communities across the UK battling the effects of COVID 19.
"At this time of economic and social uncertainty all charities are vulnerable and we urge financially able businesses to join us in providing Air Ambulance charities with a vital lifeline."


Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance receives no government funding and is solely reliant upon the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives.

With many big fundraising events cancelled due to Covid-19 that's put a huge strain on the charity.

CEO Alex Lochrane, says the £50,000 donation from the Phoenix Group will make a huge difference.

"Like so many charities struggling to keep their services going, we have had to stop all fundraising and community outreach activities and, as a result, we are expecting to see a significant drop in income. 

"This generous donation from Phoenix Group will help us to carry on doing what we do best: saving lives. A heartfelt thank you to everyone at Phoenix Group for the tremendous support and dedication they have shown throughout our fantastic partnership."

If you want to show your support you can donate via the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance website.

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