Firefighters from Retford Fire Station have presented Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance with a cheque for £450 in memory of Seth Bartle, a 10-year-old boy who suffered life-threatening injuries after a collision with a car near Carr Hill Primary School in Retford, as he was coming home from school on Monday 15 January.
He was taken to hospital in Leeds via air ambulance but tragically, he died later that week on Sunday 21 January.
The money was raised by crews from the station at a charity car wash held earlier this year. A total of £900 was raised in all, with the other £450 going to the The Fire Fighters Charity.
At a presentation, held at the school this morning (17 July), the total was added to money raised by the school in memory of Seth – bringing the total donation to over £2,900 for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. The charity was chosen by Seth's family for the role they played in transporting Seth to hospital in Leeds.
See below for some facts and statistics on how much it costs to run the air ambulance and why donations like this are so vital in keeping such an important public resource in use!
• Cost to deploy the Lincs Air Ambulance = £2500
• Cost of fuel to fly = £50 per 10 minutes
• Expected cost for 2019 = £4M (based on 2 pilots and 24 hour cover)