Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) is calling on schools, clubs and youth groups to help keep their paramedics ‘life-saving ready’ by taking part in their new education campaign; Learning Saves Lives.
It costs the Charity £6 per day to fund the training of one Critical Care paramedic over the course of a year. With the help of 4-to-16-year-olds across the region, HIOWAA aims to raise £30,000; enough to train 15 of their paramedics. The Charity is encouraging schools and youth groups to raise funds by hosting non-uniform days and dress up days.
HIOWAA Director of Fundraising, Rachel Leaman, said: “Every day is a school day for our Critical Care paramedics, and they need your help to allow them to keep learning. If a class of 30 pupils each donated £1, imagine what a difference that would make!”
Learning Saves Lives aims to engage young people with the many steps involved in becoming a Critical Care paramedic. HIOWAA Education Programme Manager, Joanna Hennessy, said:
“Our aim is to encourage young people to raise enough money to fund the ongoing training of our Critical Care paramedics, so they are always life-saving ready. At the same time, by educating young people about what it takes to become one of our paramedics, we could be looking at the next generation of life-savers.”