North West Air
Ambulance Charity adds 3rd aircraft to fleet
THE North West Air
Ambulance Charity has announced that it will be adding a third
helicopter to its fleet, which will enhance the life saving service
being provided to the people of Merseyside.
The addition of the further aircraft will allow the charity to
undertake more critical and intensive work across Merseyside at the
scene of emergencies, allowing support of transfers between
Intensive Care Units and providing a greater service to patients.
The new aircraft will undertake a trial of the enhanced service from
October 2013 and will initially be coloured red until the scheme is
complete. Should the trial be successful, the helicopter will join
its yellow fleet.
Since it launched in 1999, the charity has flown more than 11,000
missions across the North West region. Committed to continuously
enhancing its service and improving patient care, the charity moved
its aircraft to bases at two of the region's dedicated trauma
hospitals in August 2013, allowing qualified doctors to travel
onboard to incidents which require specialist clinical care on
Lynda Brislin, chief executive of the North West Air Ambulance
charity, said:- "Our new heli will enable us to ensure a more
consistent and efficient delivery of the best clinical team to our
patients and will give the gift of time to more of those in need. By
having an additional paramedic crew, with a focus primarily in the
Merseyside region, we can provide an even better service to those in
need in the North West.
However, as a charity, developments of this nature come at a
significant cost and would not be possible without the support and
generosity of the local people who are fundamental us remaining
For more information on how to support the charity or to make a
donation, please visit:-
LEARNING DISABILITIES GOES LIVE WITH RADIO SHOW
A group of people,
supported by North West charity Alternative Futures Group (AFG), are
going live with their own radio show on a station dedicated to the
The new monthly show is on LDOK.net, an inclusive online radio
station, broadcasting from Media City in Salford, which features
presenters and artists with a learning disability.
AFG supports people from across Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater
Manchester and seven people, who sit on the Service Users
Representative Forum (SURF), have been given the opportunity with
their first live show broadcast earlier this month.
Nancy McFarland, SURF Chairman at AFG said:- "The opportunity
to have our own radio show on LDOK.net gives the people AFG supports
a way to positively express themselves, whilst developing in
confidence and also increasing our communication skills.
I really enjoyed presenting the first show and letting people know
how AFG has supported me to live independently. We also discussed
the recent World Mental Health Day as well as playing some of my
all-time favourite songs and some special requests."
Carol Toner, Community Service Director at AFG said:- "This is
a very exciting opportunity which the people we support have warmly
embraced. AFG is privileged to support some fabulous people and we
believe this platform will allow them to showcase their creativity
and the fantastic work they do in the community.
Every year, Alternative Futures Group enables more than 900 people
with learning disabilities and mental health needs to be
successfully supported to build a life for themselves. In 2013 we
are celebrating 21 years of putting people at the heart of
everything we do and this is another example of how we help people
take control of their lives."
Samina Taj, Project Lead from Alternative Futures Group said:-
"Hosting a radio show on LDOK.net is a great opportunity for the
people we support to build skills. With 35,000 people tuning in
every month it also helps to combat and challenge stigma."
The next 'SURFing the Airwaves' show is on 11 November
ldok.net. More information can be found by
or by visiting our Facebook page, 'AFG Support'. You can also
follow us on Twitter @AFGSupport.