Kevin Pilkington supports Saving Lives Helipad Appeal

Kevin PilkingtonNotts County Goalkeeping Coach and former pro footballer, Kevin Pilkington, has pledged his support to Nottingham Hospitals Charity by agreeing to run the 2014 Robin Hood Half Marathon in aid of the Charity’s recently-launched Saving Lives Helipad Appeal.

The Saving Lives Helipad Appeal has been set up to raise £3 million to build an onsite helipad at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC). The new helipad will enable the most seriously-injured trauma patients from across the region to be airlifted straight to the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre at QMC. At the moment, these patients have to complete their journey by road, which can take up to 20 minutes.

We’re delighted that Kevin has chosen to get involved with the Saving Lives Helipad Appeal,’ says Jenny Wing, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Nottingham Hospitals Charity. ‘We’re so grateful for his support and we’re sure that the many thousands of Magpies fans in the East Midlands will be backing his fundraising efforts, which will benefit trauma patients from across the region when the new helipad is in place.’

‘A fantastic cause’

Kevin, 40, first heard about the Helipad Appeal when a colleague at Notts County asked him if he’d like to get involved in fundraising. ‘The Club received an invitation from Nottingham Hospitals Charity for players or other staff to run the Robin Hood Half Marathon to raise money for the Helipad Appeal,’ he explains. ‘Kate, one of the PAs here, knew I was keen on running a half marathon and told me more about the Helipad Appeal. I think it’s a fantastic cause, so I was delighted to show my support.’

With the marathon just a few weeks away on 28 September, Kevin is currently hard at work training and boosting his fitness levels by taking part in Tough Mudder events. ‘I enjoy trying out new physical challenges, especially when a good cause is involved,’ says Kevin. ‘I’m well aware of the excellent work the Major Trauma Centre does to save hundreds of lives every year – and I know how important it is to get people to hospital quickly after an accident. The onsite helipad will save valuable extra time for critically-injured patients who arrive by air from across the East Midlands.

A life saved

The first 60 minutes following a severe injury is known as the ‘golden hour’ and is critical to favourable clinical outcomes. Karen Hallett – who like Kevin, lives in Lincolnshire – knows only too well the difference a swift transfer to hospital can make. In spring 2014, Karen was taken to the QMC after a serious car accident.

I was still conscious when the ambulance arrived but I don’t remember much about the accident or being cut of out of my car. The paramedics called the air ambulance straightaway when they realised how serious my injuries were. Given the location of the accident – right in the middle of nowhere – the helicopter was a godsend in terms of getting me to hospital fast enough to have a fighting chance of survival.

Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Saving Lives Helipad Appeal will help more patients like Karen be treated within the critical ‘golden hour’.

Calling all Magpies fans!

Kevin and the Notts County team are calling on Magpies fans to support Kevin by donating their spare cash to the Helipad Appeal. In the coming weeks, fans will be reminded about Kevin’s marathon run and encouraged to donate through tannoy announcements at home games and training blog updates in match programmes. His latest fundraising total will also be flashed up on the big screen scoreboards to keep fans up to date with his progress.

Notts County have also shown their support for Kevin by publishing  a news story about his marathon run on their own website – you can read it here.

How to donate

Nottingham Hospitals Charity has set up a special text number for donations to Kevin’s fundraising marathon run. Simply text KPNC01 and the amount you want to donate, e.g. £5, to 70070. You can also donate online at Kevin’s Everyday Hero web page

Find out more

To find out more about Nottingham Hospitals Charity and the Saving Lives Helipad Appeal or to make a donation, click here, call 0115 962 7905 or email charity@nuh.nhs.uk.

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