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Take off for air ambulance launchpad at Boston Aerodrome

The official launch of the Lincs Notts Air Ambulance new illuminated helipad at the Boston Aerodrome. Money for this was raised by Lions Clubs across Lincolnshire Group Photo includes helicopter crew, air ambulance trust representatives and members of Louth Lions

The official launch of the Lincs Notts Air Ambulance new illuminated helipad at the Boston Aerodrome. Money for this was raised by Lions Clubs across Lincolnshire Group Photo includes helicopter crew, air ambulance trust representatives and members of Louth Lions

A new helipad, which was donated to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, was officially launched on Saturday.

The lit pad, which will allow the service to fly a few extra hours, has been donated by Boston Aerodrome, with the lights paid for by Lions Clubs around the county.

Director of Boston Aeroclub Alastair Arundell said he didn’t have to think twice about making space available for the air ambulance.

He said: “As soon as we heard that the air ambulance was looking for a suitable landing site with close proximity to the Pilgrim, we offered assistance straight away and we didn’t want to waste any time making it happen.

“From sorting out the feasibility to making the helipad fully operational, it only took about two weeks.

“We called in a number of favours from local suppliers who donated their time for free and who let us have the materials at less than market cost.

“It was a real team effort and special thanks go to Breeden Aggregates of Boston for supplying the concrete and Smart Move Lettings who did most of the manual labour.”

The concrete helipad is fitted with lights paid for through a £6,000 donation from Lions Clubs across the county.

It will allow the helicopter to continue to fly until 7pm and will compliment the existing pad at Pilgrim Hospital.

President of Louth Lions Steve Chalder said: “We have always been keen supporters of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance as we understand how vital it is for people in our isolated, rural communities to have fast access to emergency treatment.

“When we heard that the air ambulance had found a suitable landing site to serve the east of the county, we were delighted to step in with the financial support to make it happen.”

 

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