Earlier today, Stephen Timms attended a reception in Parliament for the London Air Ambulance. The event recognised the contribution London’s Air Ambulance has made to the Capital over the past 25 years.
Since the charity started in 1989 it has treated more than 31,000 patients. Stephen heard about the work of this internationally renowned service and was introduced to members of its expert medical team. He also spoke with ex-patients who are alive today as a result of the charity’s pioneering medical procedures. During the reception Stephen pledged to raise awareness of the charity among his constituents and encourage them to raise funds to maintain this vital service.
Speaking after the event, Stephen said: "I was delighted to come along this afternoon. I know of London Air Ambulance well - not too long ago, I visited the new helipad on the roof of Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.
"Running the London Air Ambulance costs £5 million a year, and I would encourage people to support the service in any way they can and would like to thank the staff and medics for their vital work."
Chief Executive of London’s Air Ambulance, Graham Hodgkin said: “We greatly appreciate the support of those who took time out of their hectic political schedules to acknowledge the work we do, and will continue to do, for the benefit of those living, working or travelling in the Capital.
“Our mission is to provide our patients with the world’s most innovative and effective pre-hospital care. By raising awareness of our aims and activities, both inside and outside of Westminster, our political stakeholders can help us to achieve this goal and contribute to more lives saved.”