The donation comes as part of a UK-wide package of community support in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Phoenix had a one-year partnership with the HIOWAA which was not extended to the end of 2020 during the pandemic.
The HIOWAA has remained on the frontline during the current pandemic. Additionally, Specialist Critical Care Paramedics from the charity’s critical care team have volunteered to work extra shifts in the Emergency Department at University Hospital Southampton.
Phoenix’s donation will assist with operational funding of the charity’s service. Andy Briggs, CEO of Phoenix, said: “It is vital we recognize the life-saving efforts of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and the unprecedented demands for their service at this time. As our charity partner, it is our duty to donate, and this small measure is part of our wider commitment to support communities across the UK battling the effects of Covid-19.
“At this time of economic and social uncertainty all charities are vulnerable, and we urge financially able businesses to join us in providing Air Ambulance charities with a vital lifeline.”
Alex Lochrane, CEO of the HIOWAA, added: “Like so many charities struggling to keep their services going, we have had to stop all fundraising and community outreach activities and, as a result, we are expecting to see a significant drop in income. A heartfelt thank you to everyone at Phoenix Group for the tremendous support and dedication they have shown throughout our fantastic partnership.”