As those who read the Evening Standard or watch the BBC News on 28th January may already know, the 2nd LAA Helicopter is now operational and assisting in saving lives. Bro. Stratton Richey, representing Bro. Sir Michael Snyder joined Metropolitan Charity Steward, Bro. Tony Shields and Ms Rushanara Ali, the local MP and other dignitaries at a very sunny but cold launch on the rooftop helipad of the London Hospital in Mile End Road.

The Air Ambulance responding to an emergency 

As if to underline the usefulness of the new helicopter, within five minutes of the launch ceremony start, it was called away to an accident but was back in place for further photographs around 20 minutes later, with the patient rushed downstairs into the waiting Accident and Emergency department.

London Freemasonry can be proud of the fact that their generosity has helped to provide speedy treatment for that patient! The G-LNDN registered MD902 Explorer is available to deliver the advanced trauma team to critically injured patients and is here in time to cover the annual maintenance break for the current helicopter G-EHMS: cover that would otherwise just not have been there.

Main photo credit: Nigel Pacquette