Helipad Appeal receives million pound boost
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will receive over £1
million to help pay for the first hospital helipad in the city
centre, the Chancellor announced in yesterday's Budget.
The £1.1million will go towards an existing appeal for £3.9m to
build the landing pad and infrastructure at the Trust's central
Manchester hospitals site, where four of the Trust's eight
hospitals are based and will come from banking fines.
The Trust, which has already raised £1.7 million, currently
relies on a landing site in a nearby park - but it can only receive
patients during the day because of insufficient lighting and they
have to be transferred the final mile of their journey by road
The helipad will be built on top of the MRI hospital car park on
Grafton Street and connect to
Manchester Royal Infirmary, Royal Manchester Children's
Hospital, St Mary's Hospital and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital via
a link bridge and roof top corridor.
Chancellor George Osborne said:
"The NHS has always been a number one priority in my Budget. I'm
particularly delighted to fund Central Manchester's University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Between them, these hospitals see
over a million patients every year. Each offers world-leading
specialist services for critically ill patients which are not
available at other hospitals within the North West and in some
cases in the UK.
"The helipad will allow patients to be brought for treatment at
the Central Manchester Hospitals, providing the quickest possible
access to this expert emergency and specialist care.
"This is exactly the kind of good cause we can use the Libor
fines to support. Those who demonstrated the worst of values should
back those in Manchester who demonstrate the best of British
Maurice Watkins CBE, Chairman Charitable Fundraising
"We are incredibly grateful to receive this very generous amount
of funding from the Chancellor. His commitment to our Helipad
Appeal means we are now much closer to reaching our fundraising
target for this very important appeal.
"As a Charity our priority has always been the health and
wellbeing of the people of the North West and beyond, so I am
delighted that we have received this pledge towards our life-saving
project. The creation of this Helipad will significantly reduce the
amount of time it takes for patient to get the expert care they
urgently need, allowing our hospitals to increase the chances of a
full or improved level of recovery in a great many seriously ill or