Substantial increase in calls for Magpas Air Ambulance in 2017 - topping 2016 with over 100 more call-outs

PUBLISHED: 16:01 05 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:01 05 January 2018

Magpas Air Ambulance has had a record number of call-outs in 2017. Photo: Rob Holding

Magpas Air Ambulance has had a record number of call-outs in 2017. Photo: Rob Holding

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The number of calls to Magpas air ambulance in 2017 topped the previous year by over 100 more call-outs; the charity says the increase "clearly demonstrates the need for the service".

Magpas Air Ambulance has had a record number of call-outs in 2017.Magpas Air Ambulance has had a record number of call-outs in 2017.

The number of calls to Magpas air ambulance in 2017 topped the previous year by over 100 more call-outs; the charity says the increase “clearly demonstrates the need for the service”.

In 2017, Magpas was called out 1,600 times across the east of England.

Magpas was called out 155 times in December alone, 55 of those took place between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Natalie Church, director of operations, said the “substantial increase clearly demonstrates the need for the service Magpas provides.

“In fact, throughout the Christmas and New Year break, Magpas was the only service of its kind to be available 24/7 across the east of England and beyond.”

She said: “The demand for our charity is predicted to rise in 2018 and we will need to raise almost £5 million to fund our vital service. “We can only operate thanks to donations from the communities within which we work.

“Thanks to this crucial support, we will continue to provide patients with the very best chances of survival and recovery.”

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