HELP Appeal donates £1million to Trust's Charity’s Helipad Appeal
The HELP Appeal - the only charity in the country dedicated to
delivering helicopter landing pads at all Major Trauma Centres and
key A&E hospitals across England and Scotland - has pledged £1
million to Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation
Trust (CMFT) Charity's new helipad appeal. A huge kick start to its
fundraising campaign, as the donation amounts to over a quarter of
the total funds needed.
Its Chief Executive, Robert Bertram said:
"Central Manchester has world class hospitals and air ambulance
service, now they urgently need a helipad to complete the emergency
care triangle. Having a helipad on the hospital site will
significantly reduce the amount of time it takes for a seriously
ill patient to get to the expert care they urgently need. The
quicker they can see a consultant, the better chance of survival
and making a full recovery.
"Knowing that the HELP Appeal's £1million donation will bring
the CMFT Charity's Helipad Appeal significantly closer to its goal
Using the strapline, 'Time Saves Lives', CMFT Charity's Helipad
Appeal will enable the creation of a brand-new 24-hour access
primary helicopter landing site, the first of its kind in central
Manchester. This will allow the Trust to save many more lives and
will increase the chances of a full or improved level of recovery
in a great many seriously ill or injured patients.
Located on the roof of the new multi-storey car park on Grafton
Street, the helipad will be connected to the hospitals by a
high-level link bridge and roof top corridor.
Currently the hospitals on the central site, including Royal
Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary and
Saint Mary's Hospital, rely upon a secondary landing site in a
nearby park. This arrangement means that patients initially
transported by air ambulance must then be transferred the final
mile of their journey by land ambulance. This second transfer,
often undertaken on muddy or uneven ground, significantly adds to
the risk of complication, particularly in children, due to
additional handling of the patient. A secondary transfer also adds
precious minutes to the overall transfer time with every moment's
delay greatly increasing the risk to life.
When an adult or child suffers a major trauma, the speed with
which they can get specialist medical help can be the difference
between life and death or between recovering and recovering well.
The first 60 minutes following a major trauma or severe injury is
known as the 'Golden Hour'. Fast access to specialist
treatment is vital to give patients the best chance possible.
Coinciding with the HELP Appeal's donation is the launch of the
Charity's official appeal video. The seven and a half minute long
film features interviews with two families who know first-hand the
benefits an on-site landing pad would have. Newborn Jeremiah
Oderinde was airlifted from Saint Mary's Hospital for life-saving
ventilation treatment last Christmas. Thankfully Jeremiah is a
happy and healthy baby boy however, the new-born's transfer would
have been much quicker, and his chance of survival would likely
have been much increased if there was a landing pad onsite at the
17-year old Danielle Rigby was a patient of Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital last year after being involved in a road
traffic accident in her hometown of Bolton. Suffering a near-fatal
arterial bleed on the brain, Danielle was airlifted to the
children's hospital via parkland one mile away from the hospital.
An onsite helipad would have meant Danielle would have arrived at
the hospital much sooner and would not have experienced a risky and
uncomfortable secondary transfer. Also included in the Appeal film
is CGI footage which visualises the landing pad on top of the car
park, as well as the link bridge and corridor to the hospitals.
Maurice Watkins CBE, Chairman of Central Manchester Foundation
Trust's Charitable Fundraising Board, says:
"We are incredibly grateful for the very generous donation from
the HELP Appeal. Its support means that the Charity now has
£2.4 million to raise over the next year.
Donations small or large will all make a substantial difference
to our aim of building a 24 hour access helipad. Currently, the
hospitals cannot receive patients by air ambulance at night. This
helipad will make a real difference to major trauma patients, and
those in need of specialist treatments, from across the whole of
the North West and at all times of the day. "
Mark Evans, Clinical Service Manager at the North West Air
Ambulance Charity, said:
"Helipads are of upmost importance in urban areas such as
Manchester where secondary sites, which we often resort to using,
are not in close proximity to the hospital. Saving vital minutes in
transfer time may save lives, reducing instances of death,
disability and suffering."
"We are fully in support of a helipad for CMFT as it will
enhance the life-saving service our charity provides."
To learn more about the Helipad Appeal and to get involved visit
To watch the appeal film visit our
charity home page or watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVNhcDnUsxE
To donate now text HELI15
(£AMOUNT) to 70070
The support of the Central Manchester Foundation Trust Charity
means that the hospital can provide additional resources that make
life easier for patients and their families who use the
The Charity has three main areas of work:
- to support research projects to improve understanding of
- to help to create an environment that's more
- to provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and
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