CAAT HELP Appeal donates £250K to the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS)

Wills & Legal Services is delighted to have helped the County Air Ambulance Trust (CAAT) raise a quarter of a million pounds for the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS).

Officials from the County Air Ambulance Trust’s HELP Appeal presented the cheque to BASICS, an organisation made up of 900 medical volunteers organised into local and regional schemes, who are on call 24/7 to support NHS Ambulance Services across the country. The presentation was made at the BASICS Pre-hospital Emergency Care Conference in Warwick, where Robert Bertram, the HELP Appeal’s Chief Executive, announced that the charity has pledged to make the same donation every year. Each of the BASICS’ schemes are eligible to apply for portion of the funding to buy a state of the art vehicle or upgrade an existing vehicle with hi-visibility and reflective markings; communication and navigation equipment; lights and a siren to ensure volunteers are able to drive quickly and safely to an emergency incident. Mr Bertram said: “BASICS volunteers are lifesavers – it’s as simple as that. “Not only do they have demanding and extremely challenging jobs helping patients every day, but they also give up their free time to help save lives by supporting the UK ambulance service, 365 days of the year. “Whether patients are seriously injured in a traffic accident or a terrorist attack, this new funding will help these amazing volunteers arrive at the scene as quickly and as safely as possible to help save lives.” Tony Kemp, BASICS Chairman, said: “BASICS is extremely grateful to the HELP Appeal for this funding. All of our schemes rely on donated funds and in many cases our volunteers are digging deeply into their own pockets to provide essential lifesaving care. “The £250,000 has benefited the provision of advanced life-saving care this year through the purchase of dedicated emergency vehicles, vehicle equipment and maintenance.” Simon Scott-Haywood, Chairman of BASICS Devon, one of the schemes receiving funding from this donation, said: “We are enormously grateful for the support of the HELP Appeal and BASICS. The grant will enable BASICS Devon to continue our vital work in the coming years.” The HELP Appeal was created 10 years ago by the County Air Ambulance Trust. It is the only charity in the country dedicated to funding NHS hospital helipads.

Wills & Legal Services’ involvement in the scheme comes from our Charity Will offer, which raises money for the appeal.

For a small donation to the appeal, our Specialist Paralegals will write your Will. Money raised so far from this hugely popular scheme is fast approaching the £1 million mark.

The first seven BASICS schemes to receive a share of the funding from the HELP are Cheshire & Shropshire Immediate Care Group (CSI BASICS); Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS); West Yorkshire Medical Response team (WYMRT) who will be purchasing new, emergency responder vehicles; BASICS Cornwall; BASICS Essex, BASICS Devon and Somerset Accident Volunteer Emergency Services (SAVES) will use the funding to upgrade their existing vehicles with new sirens, blue lights, dash cam and winter tyres. BASICS provides medical roadside assistance from doctors, nurses, paramedics and others who work on a voluntary basis to provide care across the whole country. Members of BASICS usually respond from their own homes and in their own time to requests from the NHS Ambulance Services to provide emergency care in support of ambulance staff.  

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To support causes close to our hearts, 5 years ago we decided that we would no longer charge for writing Wills, instead asking clients to make a recommended donation of £40 to charity. We were so confident that people would be happy with our Will-Writing service that we believed they would come back in the future for other legal services, at which point we could charge our usual fees. This has proved true, and over 63% of clients do come back for further advice.

We are proud to have raised over £2,000.000 in upfront donations, supporting fantastic causes up and down the country.

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