MP calls for emergency funding to save the Children’s Air Ambulance charity.

Layla Moran, MP for Abingdon and Oxford West sent a letter to the government urging them to help save the Children's Air Ambulance charity which is based in Kidlington.

Layla Moran said: “The Government has to do whatever it takes to keep this incredibly important service in the skies, helping children in need.

“The Children’s Air Ambulance is a jewel in Oxfordshire’s crown, and we risk losing them because they are unable to raise enough money during the lockdown period. They haven’t been included with talks held by the Department for Health so far, and that has to change fast.

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“These heroes are working closely with the NHS to extend their service during the pandemic. I hope the Government steps in to keep them flying and saving lives.”

The MP believes there is a danger the charity could be left out of any financial relief offered by the government and called on Chancellor and Health Secretary to make sure the service was preserved.

Andy Williamson, chief executive of the Children’s Air Ambulance, said: “In this time of crisis, critically ill children and babies continue to require life-saving care and the Children’s Air Ambulance continues to transfer them to specialist hospitals quickly and safely.

“The Children’s Air Ambulance is funded by the public through voluntary donations but, like other charities, our fundraising activities have been deeply impacted by COVID-19. We are urgently appealing to the government to support the Children’s Air Ambulance so we can carry on providing essential services to the NHS and help children across the country.”