TV stars help keep Whitechapel’s air ambulances flying by abseiling 300ft over the edge
PUBLISHED: 18:25 15 September 2017
London Air Ambulance
TV’s Helen Fospero and Tim Vincent took on the adrenaline-raising 300ft abseil from the helipad in Whitechapel for its annual fundraising event for the London Air Ambulance lifesaving charity.
The abseil set off National Air Ambulance week running till next Tuesday at the Royal London Hospital to make £100,000 to help keep the helicopters in the air.
“I won’t pretend I wasn’t apprehensive about going over the edge,” Daybreak presenter Helen admitted.
“But I decided to abseil after hearing about the life-saving work, with the trauma teams literally bringing people ‘back from death’ in many instances.”
The doctors and paramedics are on call for emergency rescue all over London 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But the life-saving service has to rely on public donations.
Blue Peter’s Tim Vincent who also took the dive over the edge said: “It’s crazy that air ambulances are all charities.
“You just don’t think about that, but they are charities that need our help.”
Two out of three Londoners don’t know the air ambulance service is a charity, according to a survey. This has presented a challenge when raising money.
Some 300 fearless fundraisers are following Helen and Tim, abseiling off one of Europe’s highest helipads over three days to answer the challenge.