Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance has been given the exclusive use of a purpose-built helipad in Boston to help with airlifting patients in and out of the Pilgrim Hospital.
The concrete helipad, located at the Boston Aerodrome, is fitted with lights so the helicopter can land and take off during hours of darkness. The lights were paid for by a donation of £6,000 from Lions Clubs across Lincolnshire.
The use of land for the helipad was donated by Boston Aeroclub and the club constructed a roadway so land ambulances can drive safely all the way to the helipad for transfers.
President of Louth Lions, Steve Chalder, said: “We’ve always been supporters of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance as we understand how vital it is for people in isolated communities to have fast access to emergency treatment.
“When we heard the Air Ambulance had found a suitable landing site to serve the east of the county, we were delighted to step in with financial support to make it happen.”
Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance pilot, Captain Tim Taylor, added: “The site at Boston will be ideal for airlifting emergency cases to the Pilgrim Hospital or for transfers from hospital to specialist major trauma centres across the country.
“We cannot thank members of Louth Lions and Boston Aerodrome enough for their support in providing this vital facility.
“Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance receives no financial support from the government and they rely on voluntary financial contributions and generosity of people giving their time and skills to help save lives.”