Feet haven’t touched the ground over recent weeks, with the appointment of Heather Arrowsmith as Chief Executive and a distinctive new design rolled out across our fleet of lifesaving helicopters!
Heather joins from St John Ambulance, which she led from county to regional management and through a highly successful governance review over seven years. With a true passion for lifesaving and a highly strategic outlook, Heather will work to ensure your local air ambulance charity continues to provide a top-quality service with a long-term plan that is built to last.
Heather says: “I’m looking forward to getting to know how this amazing organisation works in order to make positive change on the ground. My experience has taught me that saving lives isn’t just down to the pilots and paramedics; everyone is a lifesaver and it’s about working together so that every journey with the North West Air Ambulance Charity – whether as a patient, a family member or friend, a volunteer or a staff member – is a positive one.”
Meanwhile, we can also reveal that our three helicopters will soon receive an exciting new look – the first makeover for the fleet in 17 years! Helimed 75 has already been brought in line with the rest of the aircraft to become yellow later this year, and with that will come a fantastic redesign for all three helicopters.
The new design has already made its debut on our Barton-based helicopter, Helimed 72, in August and others will follow later in the year with a view for all to be complete by the end of October.
We have long since wanted to unify all three aircraft, as we know they represent a beacon and help to raise awareness of our lifesaving work throughout the region. As Helimed 75 was already due a re-spray, we have taken the opportunity to update and enhance all three aircraft, to ensure we remain consistent, instantly recognisable and can be there for patients across the North West for years to come.
We have worked hard during a year-long consultation period, which has helped us reach the decision of a new design for all three helicopters. As it offers hope and relates to acquired knowledge, yellow will remain the dominant colour, and we will also introduce a striking blue tail, chevrons and the medically-associated cross, so it will be clear to see that each aircraft is part of the North West Air Ambulance Charity from all angles.