This is a real crisis. And it's not just Southampton. If anything, the need for a helipad on the Isle of Wight was even more urgent. Lives are being put at risk, because there was NO suitable helipad for the Air Ambulance within reach of St Mary's Hospital.
"We refuse to accept that nothing can be done about it. That's why I'm writing to companies like yours, to ask if you can help the Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads Appeal (HELP) raise £2.4 million to construct two new helipads and help us saves lives that should not be lost". Dr. David Sutton - Consultant at Southampton University Hospitals Trust
One on top of the multi-storey car-park at Southampton General Hospital and one at St Mary's Hospital on the Isle of Wight to help transfer critically ill or injured hospital patients or accident victims to the mainland via Air Ambulance.
It was an ambitious plan. But it is something that had to be achieved for the sake of those lives that depend on us. We will not receive any help at all from government funds or the national lottery. Every penny we raise will be a direct result of the tremendous generosity of local businesses like yours and your donations.
New helipad at Southampton General Hospital
It couldn't be easier for your business to support the HELP Appeal.
Simply complete and return the donation form
or call us on 0800 3898 999
We are depending on you to help us find the funds we so desperately need to support a service that anyone of us might need at any time.
The financial strain of the funding crisis.
Hospital building programmes, uncertainty within the NHS about the long term use of hospitals and a lack of cash has resulted in a serious shortage of helipads. Nowhere more so than here in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight.
The HELP Appeal (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) was established in 2008 to raise the funds necessary to construct helipads at Major Trauma Centres and key A&E hospitals around the country.