Moncaster Wire’s £1,093 ‘copter help

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Moncaster Wire Products Ltd in Louth has given a the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance a huge £1,093 boost.

The money was raised at the company’s charity open day held in October.

Philippa Dowse, Assistant Sales Office Manager, presented the money to the Air Ambulance.

She said the money could pay for the fuel for six missions.

Philippa said: “It was great to meet the crew and have a chat with them about their jobs and to have a look around the ambucopter and see all the equipment.

“We at Moncasters would like to thank for the attractions, Fairfield Cafe for the refreshments and everyone else that helped out on the open day and a huge thanks to all customers, suppliers etc that kindly made donations.

“I hope that we can do another charity in the near future and raise more next time.”

She met Paramedics Jane Pattison and John McKenzie, Pilot Paul Smith and Doctor Leon Roberts on her visit.

And you can still give to the Air Ambulance.

Donate by text: To donate Text “Heli29 £5” to 70070 (you can change the value to any other amount you wish to donate). Texts are free to send on all networks. Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance will receive 100% of your donation.

Donate by cheque: Please make cheques payable to LNAACT (Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance Charitable Trust).

Or contact: Lincoln Office, LNAACT House, Bentley Drive, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln LN4 2QW, Tel: 01522 548469.

Facts and figures for Air Ambulance

It costs £1.8million per year to keep the helicopter flying.

They fly around 1,000 missions each year (this works out at around £4,600 per day).

They burn 200 litres of fuel every hour.

They were established in Lincolnshire in 1994 and joined with Nottinghamshire in 1997.

Their new aircraft has more powerful engines which allow them to carry an extra 250lbs in weight which could mean the difference between taking an extra passenger or not, and they can hold more fuel so they can go further.

They cover an area of 3,000 square miles.

The helicopter flies at around 155 miles per hour.

They are one of the only air ambulance helicopters in the UK that have the ability to use the defibrillator in flight because it works on a separate system to the aircraft electrics.

It takes on average eight minutes to transport a patient from the scene of an accident to the nearest hospital.

They are based at RAF Waddington as it is central to both regions.