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airambulanceeHampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance are to be honoured with a service of thanksgiving at the Holy Trinity Church next month, for all the work that they accomplish across the county.

Wing Commander (Retd) Simon Hughes will be addressing the congregation on the day. Simon Hughes was a doctor in the RAF for 16 years until 2011 when he retired with the rank of Wing Commander at the end of his Commission. He saw active service in Iraq and Afghanistan and treated military and civilian casualties with truly horrendous injuries. As well as working in the field hospital in Afghanistan he also worked on the emergency Chinook helicopter that scooped patients from the battlefield, often under direct fire, and then flew at ultra low level under tactical conditions to Camp Bastion Hospital.

In between deployments he was the Consultant on the Critical Care Aeromedical Support Team that flies at very short notice from the UK to retrieve severely injured patients and fly them back to Birmingham for definitive treatment.

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Simon’s helicopter experience started in Sydney, Australia in 2006 when he was sent by the RAF to work with Careflight for six months. On his return he started to fly with the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance near Oxford and flew with them from 2008-2012. Since taking up a Consultant post at University Hospital Southampton in 2012 he has flown with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

John Perry, Chief Executive of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance said, “Having this sort of recognition is wonderful for us as a charity and knowing that the service we provide is appreciated so greatly by so many people makes the work we do so worthwhile. We always appreciate the efforts people go to, to raise money and awareness for the Air Ambulance.”

The service will take place at 11.15am on Sunday 14th April at the Holy Trinity Church in Cowes, all welcome. This will be followed by tea and coffee in the Church Hall and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance will fly by, if operational missions permit.

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