A drive to raise £2 million towards a new life-saving helipad at a Sheffield hospital has been given a £100,000 boost.
The County Air Ambulance’s helicopter emergency landing pads appeal has pledged the money towards the £2m needed to build a helipad at the Northern General Hospital in Fir Vale.
The Help appeal had already donated £900,000 – with the latest pledge taking its total contribution to the ‘Saving Time, Saving Lives’ campaign to £1m.
Robert Bertram, County Air Ambulance chief executive, said: “We are delighted to be able to make these significant grants towards a new helipad at the Northern General Hospital and hope the remaining funds required can be raised as quickly as possible.”
Other donations totalling £585,000 have also been raised, with £415,000 still to be found.
The hospital’s current helipad requires patients to be transferred by road for 250 metres to the hospital – adding extra time and complexity to providing treatment to seriously-ill and injured people.
It is also too small for many modern search-and rescue-aircraft and cannot be used at night as it has no lighting.
The new helipad will be located just metres from the emergency department’s doors, after the hospital was designated as a major trauma centre in April 2013.
David Reynolds, director of Sheffield Hospitals Charity, said appeal organisers were delighted with the latest donation – and hope people in the region can help come up with rest of the cash.
He said: “In the same way every second can count in saving lives, every donation no matter how big or small counts with our appeal.”
It is hoped work can start on the new helipad in the spring and it could be operational by the end of 2015.