“Walk for Life” – DBD’s Charitable Cause 2018

Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassador DBD are excited to announce EHAAT – Essex And Herts Air Ambulance Trust as their corporate charity for 2018.

Unlike the NHS emergency services, Essex And Herts Air Ambulance Trust are a Charity providing a free life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas.

Each HEMS Team consists of a Pilot and Co-pilot, a Pre-hospital Care Doctor and a Critical Care Paramedic who can be rushed to the scene of an incident with life-saving support equipment to deliver advanced clinical care that is normally only found in the hospital emergency department.

Once stabilised, the patient will be conveyed by air or land to the most appropriate hospital for their needs. It costs £6.5 million every year to cover all charitable costs and aircraft operations. Without access to National Lottery funding and with only limited support from Government, Essex And Herts Air Ambulance Trust rely upon the generosity and goodwill of the people and businesses of Essex and Hertfordshire to remain operational and keep saving lives.

Earlier this year Nathan, the son of DBD’s Training and Technical Manager, Steve Davey, was in a horrendous car accident. Thankfully EHAAT were soon by his side to offer incredible support. As a result they want to do all they can to help such hard working individuals continue in their first class service.

As such DBD Staff will be walking approx. 20 miles on Friday 7th September to show our support, this will be through a mixed terrain in Hertfordshire and will involve hard work and training. For those that are unable to walk the whole 20 miles a 5 mile option is available.

DBD have committed to paying a £1 for every mile for each of their staff that undertake the walk.

Please read below for Nathans story:

‘On the 25th of January this year our son Nathan was involved in a head on car collision. His injuries were so serious the air ambulance only had minutes to get him out of the car so that they could attend to his multiple injuries. The air ambulances quick response time and their expertise ensured that Nathan was saved from his potential life threatening injuries. We truly believe that if it wasn’t for the air ambulance the outcome of our story would be very different. Essex and Herts air ambulance is not part of the NHS and receives limited government funding. They are a Charity and rely on money that is donated. Your support provides a free life saving service for the critically ill and injured. The total monthly operational costs are £500,000, the average cost per mission is £2,500 and they are out on average 4 times a day! We cannot thank them enough for everything they did to save our son and also for their kindness and support since then. On behalf of our whole family we would be very grateful for any donations, no amount too small.

Thank you all, for the love, support and kind wishes.

Steve and Shaynah Davey’

Any contribution no matter how small would be gratefully received, and you can donate at the following link.

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