Rock music legends have teamed up with motor-racing stars in an attempt to provide support to a lifesaving charity. Nick Mason, who played the drums for Pink Floyd recently visited the Midlands Air Ambulance base. He handed over £18,000 to the medical air transport provider on behalf of the Henry Surtees Foundation and motor-sport legend John Surtees. The donation will be put forward to aiding the operations of the air ambulance charity.
About the Surtees Foundation
The Henry Surtees Foundation was set up by John Surtees, who is an Isle of Man TT winner and a multiple world champion. The foundation was established in the name of Surtees’ son Henry, who died in an accident during a Formula 2 race back in 2009. Henry Surtees was just 18 years old when he lost his life. The foundation decided to donate £18,275 to the Midlands Air Ambulance charity on Friday, 3rd June.
The Decision to Help the Medical Air Transport Provider
Mr. Surtees has commented that he spent his life chasing time round different race tracks across the globe. So he knows how every second counts especially for medical air transport providers. Being a self-confessed petrol head and a keen supporter or air ambulance initiatives, Mr. Mason was more than willing to support the cause.
The donation of £18,275 will be used by the Midlands Air Ambulance charity to fund specialist equipment that has been designed specifically to provide critical care transport. Since 1991, the service has carried out more than 43,000 missions with an average of 2,000 missions per year. For each mission, the service has to spend an average of £2,500 with more than £7 million required to fund its operations every year. It solely depends on donations and support of the public and charity of local businesses.