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Magpas Air Ambulance is a Cambridgeshire based charity that brings essential lifesaving care, by land and air, to patients in life-threatening emergencies in the East of England and beyond. Some of the UK’s expert doctors and paramedics volunteer their own time to work with us. Magpas Air Ambulance is not a state funded service and relies on generous public donations to continue saving lives. Since 1971 we’ve treated over 60,000 patients.
The Magpas Air Ambulance medical team receives enhanced training which allows them to offer procedures and treatments at the scene, like general anaesthetic, which are usually only available in hospital. This means that the frontline care the team delivers doesn’t just save lives, it helps seriously ill and injured people return to a good quality

of life.

The oldest emergency medical charity in the UK, Magpas Air Ambulance started life as a voluntary service in 1971 when two GP’s, Dr Neville Silverstone MBE and Dr Derek Cracknell MBE, took action to help victims of road accidents.
As it was founded by two doctors, the charity has a strong clinical heritage. Today, we offer pioneering training to doctors and paramedics wishing to specialise in pre-hospital emergency medicine, for which we are renowned in the medical world.
Someone who has experienced the care of Magpas Air Ambulance first-hand, is Huntingdonshire based Laura Novak. When Laura brought her new born son Finlay home for the first time, at just one day old, all was well. However, suddenly one of the happiest days of her life turned into every new mum’s worst nightmare, as Finlay suffered a blocked windpipe and started choking.
Laura called 999 and within minutes Magpas Air Ambulance were treating Finlay in her bedroom. The expert medical team used their skills and knowledge to provide Finlay with pre-hospital emergency care to dislodge the mucus in his windpipe that was causing him to choke.
Once Finlay was breathing again, the Magpas team took him to Hinchingbrooke Hospital in a stable condition. He stayed there for a week, receiving the aftercare he needed, but fortunately there were no lasting effects. Finlay is now a happy and healthy four year old. Laura will always remember the day Finlay stopped breathing and turned blue. She explains, “It will be forever engrained in my mind.

 Magpas Air Ambulance are amazing and we’d do anything to support their lifesaving work. We got married last year and at our wedding, instead of asking for gifts, we asked everyone to make donations to Magpas - who can only exist thanks to people’s support. It’s so comforting to know that Magpas Air Ambulance are here for us and I know that we live in a safer place because of them.”

This year, Magpas Air Ambulance need you. With an increasing number of call outs and with the charity flying further afield, the cost to run the service is growing too.
To help Magpas Air Ambulance continue to provide our service to Cambridgeshire, across the east of England and beyond, you could volunteer with the charity. From attending events, helping in the charity shops or assisting with fundraising admin work in the office; there are so many opportunities for every kind of person.

If this is something you’d be interested in then please visit our website at: to view some of the volunteering options or get in touch by email:
Call 01480 371 060 (option 3) or pop in to our HQ in Huntingdon. Thank you.


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