Leading Liverpool cash plan provider Medicash is helping fund lifesaving missions performed by the National Children’s Air Ambulance.

The Children’s Air Ambulance is the first and only helicopter transfer service dedicated for critically ill children and babies that operates across the UK. Serving as a ‘flying intensive care unit’, the Children’s Air Ambulance works in partnership with NHS specialist transport teams who provide the specialist care and treatment required throughout the patients’ flight.

Richard Clayton, Director of Operations for the Children’s Air Ambulance said: “We are committed to supporting the NHS and helping critically unwell children and babies across the UK receive the specialist care and support they need as quickly as possible. Our fantastic service can transfer children and babies to where they need to be up to four times faster than by road transfer, this saves and improves many lives”.

“We do not receive any government or NHS funding and provide all our services free of charge to the NHS and patients’ families. We are therefore extremely grateful for the donation from Medicash which will fund two potentially life-saving missions.”

These missions may save the lives of children like George Clegg, who was flown from hospital in Leeds to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London for emergency heart and airway surgery at just eight months old. The 200-mile flight took only one hour by air, instead of up to five hours by road. George’s mother Kirsty said: “George might not have survived a long transfer by road, so the Children’s Air Ambulance was an absolute lifesaver for him.”

George, now two, has since returned home and is thriving.

Baby receiving treatment in hospital

George Clegg

Medicash Chief Executive Sue Weir said: “The Children’s Air Ambulance represents a lifeline for children and families all over the country. They perform a vital neonatal and paediatric transfer service and need and deserve our support. We wish them every success with their future missions and are urging other organisations to help promote and support the important work they do.”

Visit www.childrensairambulance.org.uk or call 0300 304 5999 to find out more about the Children’s Air Ambulance.