Twenty one years since their first airlift, the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service and the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance Charitable Trust that funds it have gone from strength to strength.
In 2015 the charity has flown more than 900 missions across the two counties.
As the charity looks forward plans are in place for the introduction of a new helicopter, an AW169, which will replace the current MD902. The helicopter’s larger cabin area will offer space for an additional person, 360-degree access to patients and faster flight speeds thereby improving the service to the community further.
And at the end of 2015 the charity said farewell to retiring CEO Peter Aldrick.
Incoming CEO, Karen Jobling, said: “With our new Airbase, the continued introduction of doctors to the service and the arrival of a new helicopter in the summer of 2016 we have lots to look forward to.
“We of course couldn’t continue our life-saving work without the one thing that remains constant, the incredible support of the people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. Next year we’ll need to raise £2.2 million to keep our helicopter flying every day, at least three times a day.
“But I know that we can do it because of the giving hearts of our supporters and fundraisers. Like our aircrew, you are all life-savers.
“As 2016 approaches, we wish one and all a very happy, peaceful and safe Christmas. Our Ambucopter crew will, of course, be at the ready to respond to emergencies, as they are every day of the year.”