The new purpose-built home, which will see staff, crew, helicopter and Critical Care Cars all under one roof for the very first time, will provide a unique opportunity for the charity to welcome former patients, schools, volunteers, donors and fundraisers to see how their support really makes a difference. The crew and helicopter will move into the new headquarters and airbase this month, and staff hope to join them in their new offices once government restrictions have been lifted at the end of June.
Karen Jobling, CEO of LNAA, received the keys from builders Lindum Construction this afternoon. She said: “I am absolutely delighted to have received the keys for our new headquarters. Years of planning have gone into our new, future-proof headquarters; our new facility will be fundamental to our success for a rapidly advancing operation.
“With our day-to-day operations solely funded by donations, we were delighted when we secured a capital funding grant for this new build. It was a real boost and at a time when we needed it and has allowed our dream of a new headquarters to become a reality. Our crew and charity staff are looking forward to moving into their new home and we cannot wait to welcome visitors when restrictions allow.”
New helipad funded by HELP Appeal
A brand-new helipad situated at the site of the new headquarters has been funded from the HELP Appeal, a charity dedicated to funding helipads at NHS hospitals and also helps with the funding of helipads at air ambulance bases. The HELP Appeal covered the entire £316,152.55 cost of building the new helipad, which features lighting to enable LNAA to operate around the clock as the charity carries out more missions through the night. The donation also funded a helicopter manoeuvring area to ensure that the helicopter is ready for take-off before its next mission.
Robert Bertram, CEO of the HELP Appeal said: “The LNAA’s new airbase helipad will be a vital element in ensuring the crew’s success in delivering a rapid response to critically ill patients in the region. With advanced lighting technology, LNAA crew can fly anytime of the day or night to the most serious incidents to transfer patients in urgent need of specialist care to hospital. The crew can then return to land safely back at their new airbase and be ready for whenever they are needed again.”