Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance started operations in July 2007. It can be airborne within four minutes and can get to anywhere within the Isle of Wight within twenty minutes.
In one recent example of its work, an elderly woman from Newport suffered a fall in church and was taken by Air Ambulance from the Isle of Wight to hospital in Portsmouth. She was in danger of losing her sight but quickly received emergency specialist treatment. Had it not been for the Air Ambulance, her vision would have been permanently lost.
Daisy Dawes from Wightlink Customer Relation said,
“This is a brilliant local charity, relevant to our staff, our customers and everyone who lives on the Isle of Wight. We are delighted to support them.”
John Perry, Chief Executive, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance added:
“The fact that staff at Wightlink Ferries have chosen us as their company charity for 2014 is testimony to their constant and on going support of our work. We are looking forward to strengthening our ties and to working even more closely with them next year.”