Newham to benefit as London’s Air Ambulance buys second helicopter

London's Air Ambulance has acquired a second helicopter Photo: John Le Ray

London's Air Ambulance has acquired a second helicopter Photo: John Le Ray - Credit: Archant

London’s Air Ambulance has bought a second emergency helicopter thanks to millions of pounds of donations, making the people of Newham safer.

The purchase means a further 400 patients can be helped every year by the service, which is up to eight times faster than a car.

After seven months of fundraising, the charity received £4 million – with around half coming from London Freemasons – and now hopes to raise a further £2 million to keep the new helicopter in the air for five years.

Graham Hodgkin, Chief Executive Officer at London’s Air Ambulance, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have now completed the acquisition of our second MD902 Explorer helicopter.

“While more money still needs to be raised and there is still more work to do to get the aircraft ready for UK HEMS operations, this is a truly exciting development for London and the biggest step-change in our service resilience in the charity’s history.

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“Thank you to all those who have already contributed.”

Anyone can donate, either online at or by texting HELICOPTER to 70800 to donate £5.

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