Boris takes con­trol

Uxbridge MP’s visit to Chil­dren’s Air Am­bu­lance

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

UXBRIDGE MP Boris John­son might be con­sid­er­ing a change of scenery after he showed his prow­ess land­ing an air am­bu­lance – on a sim­u­la­tor.

For­eign Sec­re­tary Mr John­son took a break from the Con­ser­va­tive Party Con­fer­ence in Birm­ing­ham on Wed­nes­day (Oc­to­ber 5) to visit the Chil­dren’s Air Am­bu­lance stand where he made his way onto the leader­board.

He suc­cess­fully landed the sim­u­lated he­li­copter on “emer­gency flight” in 45 sec­onds, and was rated as a promis­ing new pi­lot.

For­mer Mayor of Lon­don, Mr John­son, said: “It is out­stand­ing work that is be­ing done by the Chil­dren’s Air Am­bu­lance and to have two he­li­copters all funded by vol­un­tary do­na­tions is quite remarkable and a credit to all in­volved.”

The na­tional Chil­dren’s Air Am­bu­lance is the only ded­i­cated pae­di­atric he­li­copter emer­gency trans­fer in the coun­try and has signed a new deal for two new chop­pers.

They are set to take to the skies next year and the oper­a­tion, cur­rently based in Coven­try, hopes to ex­pand north and south in the coun­try.

CEO of the char­ity, Andy Wil­liamson, said: “It was great to meet the For­eign Sec­re­tary and have the op­por­tu­nity to tell him about our im­por­tant work and ex­cit­ing new ex­pan­sion.

“Mov­ing to hav­ing a he­li­copter in the north and a he­li­copter in the south means we will have the ca­pa­bil­ity to reach ev­ery child who needs our help.”

Mr Wil­liamson added that around 600 chil­dren could ben­e­fit from the he­li­copters, but the char­ity can only reach one in three cur­rently.”

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Chil­dren’s Air Am­bu­lance is run by The Air Am­bu­lance ser­vice which re­ceives no Gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

Trans­fer­ring a child to hos­pi­tal by he­li­copter can be up to four times quicker than by road but each trip costs and av­er­age of £2,800.

n IN CON­TROL: MP Boris John­son takes the helm of a he­li­copter sim­u­la­tor dur­ing a visit to the Chil­dren’s Air Am­bu­lance

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