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TV stars help keep Whitechapel’s air ambulances flying by abseiling 300ft over the edge

PUBLISHED: 18:25 15 September 2017

Tim Vincent and Helen Fospero resdfy for their 300ft leap of faith at Whitechapel's Air Ambulance helipad. Picture: London Air Ambulance charity

Tim Vincent and Helen Fospero resdfy for their 300ft leap of faith at Whitechapel's Air Ambulance helipad. Picture: London Air Ambulance charity

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.

Helen Fospero goes over the edge. Picture: London Air Ambulance charity Helen Fospero goes over the edge. Picture: London Air Ambulance 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.

A daring Tim Vincent ready for the plunge. Picture: London Air Ambulance charity A daring Tim Vincent ready for the plunge. Picture: London Air Ambulance charity

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.

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