One of the important features of Royston Open Secrets is that it brings together local businesses, community organisations and charities. It’s an opportunity to get to know what is going on in the area that you could get involved with or support.
It was great to see Magpas at the event this year. We often see reports of them in our local newspapers when they have attended an accident scene and this was a chance to get to find out a bit more about them.
The Mid Anglia General Practitioner Accident Service was founded in 1971 under the care of Dr Silverston and Dr Derek Cracknell a GP from Huntingdon. It was voluntary and the doctors responded in their own cars. They provided expertise to the fledgling ambulance service.
Over the next 30 years the Ambulance service evolved, developing their staff and their fields of expertise. They became better equipped to deal with all manner of emergencies.
Magpas currently has around 50 active Helimedix Team members who provide:
On-scene medical support
On-line medical support
Special incident medical support
Major incident medical support
Magpas is solely reliant on the generous donations of you the public. It costs in the region of £1.8million per annum to offer this life saving service to the East of England. Debbie Florence, Fundraising Manager said:
“We are very grateful to Royston Open Secrets Committee for inviting Magpas to man a stand.
Thank you so much to everyone that came and said hello to our wonderful volunteers and for the very kind donations. Magpas rely solely on donations and every penny raised really will helps us saves lives locally and in the East of England day and night”
If you are able to hold an event or make a donation to Magpas please visit www.magpas.org.uk. Call 01480 371 062 to find out how you can help.