Lawyers back air ambulance charity

Magpas helicopter.

Staff working at a law firm have named an emergency medical service as their charity of the year.

Employees at Irwin Mitchell in Cambridge nominate a new charity to support with their fundraising efforts every year, in addition to the other community and charitable activities that the team undertakes.

The initiative is part of the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation, which has raised more than £1 million for worthy causes since it was set up in 1997.

Magpas Helimedix, based in Huntingdon, supports the ambulance service by providing an air ambulance and specialist medical team, which can be dispatched to cases of life-threatening illness or major trauma in East Anglia and beyond.

It has attended over 60,000 patients since the organisation was founded in 1971.

Neil Whiteley, a serious injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell in Cambridge, said: "We're very pleased to support such a worthwhile cause as our charity of the year and are looking forward to putting on plenty of fundraising events throughout the year to raise vital funds for Magpas Helimedix to support their efforts here in the East of England.

"Having worked with many clients who have suffered serious injuries in accidents we understand how important the work of Magpas is in saving lives as they bring a crucial expertise to the patient during the vital first few minutes after trauma, which makes a huge difference to outcomes."

Antonia Brickell, head of communications at Magpas Helimedix, said: "On behalf of Magpas - The Emergency Medical Charity, we would like to thank all the team at Irwin Mitchell for choosing to support us. We are very much looking forward to working alongside staff at their Cambridge office and to building a great partnership.

"The funds raised over the coming year will help us to continue to provide specialist care for patients, by helicopter or rapid response BMW, at the scene of serious medical emergencies."