The Yorkshire Air Ambulance has been presented with a cheque for £3778.67 by Ilkley Golf Club’s 2016 captains, Paxton Dewar OBE and Sue Towler.
The money was raised during their year in office through a number of events including a charity lunch, professional’s prize draw, collection boxes on the bar and a ‘fine’ for anyone who had the misfortune to land in the Captains’ bunker next to the 18th green.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was the chosen charity as Paxton witnessed the lifesaving capabilities helicopters can provide during his time as Royal Naval Surgeon Captain in the first Gulf War.
When called up for duty he specifically requested that he and his fellow medics were not on board a hospital ship but instead posted to a ship on the front line. Being close to the action enabled casualties to reach Paxton’s team, via helicopter, within what is known as the ‘golden hour’, during which time there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical treatment will prevent death.
Speaking about the charity, Paxton said,
“The Yorkshire Air Ambulance provides an invaluable service by delivering casualties to the medics within that ‘golden hour’, thereby providing them with a greater chance of survival and subsequent quality of life.
“As it relies solely on the generosity of individuals and organisations to remain operational, we were delighted to call on Ilkley Golf Club’s members and visitors to help us raise invaluable funds towards such a worthwhile charity.”
“Wherever the incident occurs in this vast county, from the top of a fell to a gridlocked motorway, the helicopter can be there within minutes,” added Sue. “This has resulted in more than 7000 casualties being rescued since 2000. Indeed one of those casualties was a member of the golf club who was attended to by the Air Ambulance on the course last year.
Accepting the cheque on behalf of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance was the West Yorkshire Community Fundraiser, Jenny Jones.
Thanking Paxton and Sue for the donation, she said,
“As a rapid response air emergency service, the charity serves a population of approximately five million people across four million acres. The whole of the region is covered by two air ambulances which operate from Wakefield and Thirsk.
“To keep them both in the air we need to raise £12,000 per day, which is equivalent to £4.4 million a year. This would not be possible without fundraising efforts, such as this, and the generosity of individuals living in the county.”
Photograph shows YAA’s Jenny Jones centre with Paxton Dewar and Sue Towler