An air ambulance charity has launched a summer appeal to raise £40,000 for pain relief.
The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance has called on people to support its Pain Relief Appeal and enable its paramedics and doctors to continue to treat those in need.
In the last 12 months the service has been called to 40 incidents in Rutland. Most patients require pain relief as soon as the crews arrive.
Earlier this month, the air ambulance was called to Uppingham after a 72-year old man sustained chest injuries in a road traffic collision. The patient was given advanced pain relief at the scene by the crew before being airlifted to an appropriate hospital.
Critical care paramedic Daniel Evans, said: “Many of our patients are in severe pain when we reach them. If you or your loved one was in that situation, you would want the pain to stop immediately.
“Administering immediate pain relief patients is a priority in almost all emergency situations we tackle. It enable us to provide treatment and perform procedures much more easily.
“We rely solely on public donations to help fund this important pain relief. We need people to support our Pain Relief Appeal so that we can continue to provide medical expertise, medicine and equipment to those who desperately need it.”
The charity hopes people will give a gift of just £10 to help pay for pain relief. To make a donation visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk/painreliefappeal or call 08454 130999.