APPGAA Annual Reception

December 7, 2016 by Lara Lucas

michael-gallagher-dsaa-trustee-michael-tomlinson-mp-bill-sivewright-dsaa-ceo-rebecca-pow-mp-dr-tony-doyle-and-critical-care-parmedic-paul-owenA reception held by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances (APPGAA) took place on the House of Commons Terrace, Westminster on 28 November 2016. The event, hosted by Chairman of the APPGAA Jim Fitzpatrick MP for Poplar and Limehouse, gave members of both Houses of Parliament the opportunity to meet with representatives from air ambulance charities and ambulance services.

Jim introduced Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Social Society who thanked the APPGAA for all their hard work before addressing the audience.   Rob highlighted the excellent outcome of the Autumn Statement last week where air ambulances were a major beneficiary in being awarded £10.8 million from the banking fines fund (LIBOR).

Rob Wilson MP said:

“Air ambulances across the UK have grown to play a key role in our emergency services response capacity.  The latest award of £10.8 million is in addition to the £24 million previously allocated in previous statements, however there is a possibility that these funds will run out in the not too distant future.

david-warburton-mp-with-dsaa-representatives-bill-sivewright-tracy-bartram-and-michael-gallagher“The air ambulance network needs to consider not only how to continue saving lives but also ways to enhance the network so that they can continue saving lives into the future.  It is making great use of their 2,500 volunteer community in many different ways.  The UK is the second most generous nation in the world donating £11 billion to good causes.  My goal is to create an environment so that the voluntary sector can create a sustainable future.  The public must trust that their fundraising is going to great causes and you have my continued support as the Minister of Social Society.”

Representatives from Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were delighted to be able to meet some of our local MPs in person during the event, all of whom were keen to find out more about the Charity and the plans we have for the future.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP brought proceedings to a conclusion with a final message of thanks:

“The APPGAA are here as your champions and your advocates in Parliament. Keep providing the amazing service that you do for our constituents; without you, many of them would not be around.”

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), which represents the majority of air ambulance charities, ambulance services and the supply chain throughout the UK, supported the reception for the fourth year, bringing patients, charities, ambulance services and legislators together.

More information on the APPGAA, Association of Air Ambulances and the air ambulance community can be found by visiting: www.aoaa.org.uk