Isle of Man News - POSTED Tue 28-02-2012

Friends help raise £6,600 for air ambulance service

by John Gregory

Friends help raise £6,600 for air ambulance service

A GROUP of friends known as Boomerang have helped to raise £6,600 for the Island's air ambulance service.


Boomerang - which consists of Carole Best, John Buckley and Susan Scholl - regularly gets together to hold fundraising events to help local charities.


Previous events have helped Hospice at Home and the Hyperbaric Chamber. Boomerang raised funds for the air ambulance service from a 60s/70s Dinner Dance.


The money will be spent on a new state-of-the-art in-flight patient monitoring system.


Political member for Health Dudley Butt MLC said: "Donations such as this are often vital to enabling the department to enhance its many services, often allowing us to invest in new equipment ahead of schedule.


"The Island's health service receives many kind donations throughout the year which we're always extremely grateful to receive. 


"Whilst taxes fund our national health service, all of these generous donations allow us to develop and improve services and invest in equipment at a quicker pace than would normally be possible.


"I'd like to extend my very sincere thanks to Boomerang - who are becoming quite well known locally for their fund-raising efforts - for this very generous donation for one of our most critical and vital services."


Around 350 patients require transfer to the UK annually via the air ambulance, which is a fixed-wing aircraft based at Ronaldsway Airport, operated by Capital Air Charter.


Neal Mellon, Operations Division Manager at Noble's Hospital who has responsibility for the air ambulance service, said: "I wish to thank Boomerang for their kind and generous donation and for all the energy they put into this fund-raising.


"Our service aims to provide the most up-to-date medical equipment available, enabling the team to transfer patients in comfort and safety.


"The service operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can be called upon for a variety of critical care emergencies where a patient needs transferring to a more specialist hospital in the UK – so it's important we keep equipment up to date with medical advancements.


"We plan to put this money towards the purchase of a new in-flight patient monitoring system.


"We have a close-knit team at Noble's Hospital who look after and run the air ambulance service consisting of highly trained professionals who are also supported by medics and clinicians of all specialities.


"The air ambulance service greatly appreciates the support it receives from charitable organisations and always welcomes donations which can be made via Noble's Hospital."


Pictured left to right: John Buckley, Boomerang, Jeanne Eriksen, In-flight Co-ordinator at Noble’s Hospital, Graham Lloyd-Brandrick, Lead Advanced Practitioner at Noble’s Hospital, Susan Scholl, Boomerang, Carole Best, Boomerang and Neal Mellon, Operations Division Manager at Noble’s Hospital

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