Bremont co-founders Nick and Giles English have been named ambassadors for The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS), a service to which both owe their lives.
The Bremont brand has also committed to raising enough funds for The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA), one of three services operated by this charity, to pay for a new pilot for a year.
Giles English, Bremont Co-Founder; “The Air Ambulance is a charity that is very close to our hearts, both Nick and I have had our lives saved by them and the work they do is invaluable. With no government support we need to do as much as we can to help them keep up their great work and increase their service.”
Giles was involved Giles was involved in an aircraft crash in 2013 whilst suffering an engine failure flying his 1930 DH60 Gipsy Moth. He and his passenger suffered major injuries but Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance was quickly on the scene to rush them both to hospital, without whom they might not have made full recoveries.
While Nick sustained multiple injuries in 1995 when he had a crash practicing for an air display in a 1945 Harvard. He was flying with his father Euan, who was tragically killed in the crash, and against all odds Nick survived, largely due to him being swiftly transported to hospital by an air ambulance service.
Tracy Grunwell, National Partnerships Manager for The Children’s Air Ambulance; “I am delighted that Bremont has chosen to support TCAA, I look forward to working with Bremont on many fantastic adventures so that they can reach their fundraising target. Our charity receives no government funding, and is reliant on voluntary donations and corporate partnerships just like this one, so we’re extremely grateful to have Bremont on board.”
TCAA provides a unique helicopter transport service for seriously ill babies and children who need urgent transfers to specialist care. Around 5,800 babies and children need emergency transfers every year. When a baby needs specialist treatment, the speed at which they receive that care is vital. It costs in the region of £134,000 a month to run TCAA, and this is entirely funded by voluntary donations and corporate partnerships. TCAA works in partnership with specialist NHS paediatric transport teams throughout the country, offering a pioneering service to help transfer their most vulnerable patients.
All transfers of critically ill babies and children carry an inherent risk – the longer a child is out of the hospital, the greater the risk. Any opportunity to minimise travel times, especially for the very sick, is crucial. Given the ability to fly approximately four times faster than transfer by road, the obvious choice for these cases is by helicopter.