Air Ambulance

Collections at the popular Cold War Jets taxi days held every August at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground and Airfield are helping to keep two Midlands-based air ambulances flying.

Volunteers from the Warwickshire & Northampton and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance are invited to attend the special days when some of the impressive Cold War Jets Collection – which are kept in immaculate, working condition – make high-speed taxi runs along the famous 2-mile-long Bruntingthorpe runway.  Visitors to the displays give generously and the pennies and small-change soon adds up.  Approaching £3,000 has been raised at the three most recent events.

Paul Atkin, General Manager – Business Development at Bruntingthorpe, says the tradition of supporting the air ambulances is very important.  “As an active airfield, we know only too well the enormous costs involved with keeping planes and helicopters airworthy, not to mention the cost of fuel and other flight expenses.  There is no government support for air ambulances.  They rely on voluntary contributions.  So we are delighted that our visitors have been so generous to our two local air ambulances that serve the region with such distinction.”

The two Augusta Westland 109 helicopters cover the counties of Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, providing rapid response to trauma and medical emergencies over an area of almost 4,000 square miles.  Some of the nation’s busiest major road networks – including the M1, M6, M69 and M42 – are located within that area.  With an average response time of just 13 minutes, the two helicopters clock up an average of six missions every day saving lives.