On Thursday 22 September, we were delighted to host the launch of London Air Ambulance’s 2017 fundraising calendar. Organisers, staff, volunteers and guests joined us in Drummond Street where the calendar images are on exhibit until the 24th of September.
The London Air Ambulance held a competition in the summer of 2016 looking for images of the team in action to include in the calendar. Out of over 150 images entered it was a difficult task to create a shortlist and even more so to select just 12 images that would make it to final print.
For the evening event which took place during Air Ambulance Week, it was encouraging to see so many guests come along to support the calendar and to hear how some of the volunteers got involved with the London Air Ambulance. A number of volunteers have been patients rescued by the Air Ambulance themselves and now give their time to raise funds and awareness.
The final 12 photographs selected to go in the calendar create a fantastic collection of images that represent London. Iconic locations such as Trafalgar Square and the London Eye provide a surprising backdrop to the red helicopter, which we learned has a distinctive sound that is recognised by Londoners. Not forgetting the work that happens at ground level, with mascot Ted in his replica flying suit out in town collecting vital funds also making it inside the calendar!
Charles Newitt – Chief Operating Officer gave a heart-warming speech, praising not only the work of those on the front line, but also the importance of everyone behind the scenes and volunteers. Charles handed over to helicopter pilot Adam who shared with us the excitement of the role and especially the camaraderie he experiences on a call when all the emergency services pull together from initial call to a patient arriving at hospital, with calmness and ultimate teamwork. Adam also said of his fortune of the work – and highlighting one particular image of the city skyline – that is “his office”.
Calumet Drummond Street is delighted to host the exhibition and build links with this vital service within our capital and build community links.
Find out more about the work of the London Air Ambulance at the website.