BEEP (BASICS) Cumbria has received a donation for £20,851.76 from the British Association for Immediate Care. The donation was made possible after the group successfully bid from an annual pot of £250,000, which is given to the British Association for Immediate Care every year by the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal – the only charity in-country dedicated to funding NHS hospital helipads.
The grant will be used to kit out several emergency vehicles with essential blue lights & sirens as well as other equipment needed on the vehicle for responding to emergencies and for PPE. BEEP Doctors received a grant in June 2020 to kit out one vehicle, this second grant will help equip several more. The charity based near Penrith, is a lifeline to many hundreds of patients involved in serious incidents across Cumbria. In 2020 the team has been called to 165 incidents so far, including road traffic collisions, farming accidents or other life-threatening medical emergencies.
The Beep Doctors are all unpaid and are on call 24/7 – even during the Pandemic, when many of them have been working in hospitals and the local community.
Every doctor on call attending such incidents must be prepared with vital lifesaving equipment, which runs into thousands of pounds. Paramedics are very well trained and able to deal with the vast majority of emergencies that they are called to; however, the BEEP Doctors have specialist training in enhanced pre-hospital emergency care and provide an extra level of medical intervention not normally available until the patient reaches hospital.
The BEEP Doctors are not funded by the NHS, so donations, fundraising events and grants like the one received from the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal via the British Association for Immediate Care are vital to support the doctors and allows them to save lives.
Dr Theo Weston, Founder of the BEEP Doctors charity, commented,
“This grant means such a lot to our charity and has come at just the right time for us. BEEP Doctors are going through a very exciting change and expansion with several more Doctors starting to respond for us, so that we are now significantly increasing our cover throughout Cumbria. This donation will consolidate these changes with immediate effect and will really help us to move forward towards providing a much more comprehensive cover for the whole of this region. This grant has given the whole team an enormous boost, especially at such a difficult time.”
Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal, said:
“It’s a pleasure to find out the huge difference this donation will make in helping the selfless BEEP doctors reach an incident quickly and safely, particularly throughout the cold and dark winter months ahead. “The HELP Appeal focuses on saving time to save patients’ lives, whilst upholding the highest of safety standards for medical professionals and this donation to BEEP Doctors ensures that our mission continues.”
About the grant
The grants are given by the British Association for Immediate Care, enabled by a donation from the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal. Last year (2019), £250,000 worth of grants were distributed across thirteen affiliate schemes of the British Association for Immediate care, also enabled by a donation from the HELP Appeal. As with the current grants the monies provided for the costs associated with the equipping and maintenance of vehicles used by scheme members to provide voluntary pre-hospital immediate care on behalf of their local NHS Ambulance Trusts as part of their 999-emergency response.
Paul Gates, the Chairman of the British Association for Immediate Care explained,
“These grants make a huge difference to our schemes and are used to purchase response vehicles, equip vehicles with blue light warning equipment, sat nav etc, without which, we would not be able to undertake our voluntary role. The HELP Appeal’s generosity enables our members to save lives through having safely equipped and maintained vehicles which are so essential to their role.”
About the British Association for Immediate Care
The British Association for Immediate Care is a UK-wide charity that was founded in 1977. It is a membership association and an internationally recognised leading provider of specialist pre-hospital care educational courses.
The Association’s membership encompasses medical, nursing and paramedical professionals who provide voluntary pre-hospital critical-care to emergency patients through a network of affiliated immediate care schemes working with the NHS Ambulance trusts in their localities. The Association also includes members from outside these professions who have an interest in, and practice pre-hospital care as part of their employment (such as with the ambulance service, the military medical services, sports medicine, allied emergency services etc) or voluntary service provision (including with the major first aid organisations, in search and rescue services etc).
About the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal
To date, the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal has given £500,000 to the British Association for Immediate Care to be distributed to schemes across the country.
The HELP Appeal was created 11 years ago by the County Air Ambulance Trust. It is the only charity in the country dedicated to funding NHS hospital helipads. Overall it has funded 39 helipads across the country, which have seen over 16,000 landings.