Sir Richard Branson has blogged about London’s Air Ambulance, which is celebrating its 28th anniversary.

“One of the more unusual things that has happened in my life is being rescued by emergency helicopters no less than five times,” he wrote. "If it wasn’t for these helicopters and teams, I am certain I wouldn’t be alive today.

“London’s Air Ambulance remains a charity very close to my heart, and is celebrating its 28th anniversary. To mark the occasion has launched a new digital timeline. I enjoyed taking a journey through the service’s interactive history (you can spot yours truly along the way). The timeline shows its highs and lows, battles against adversity, and the great work the team has done to save tens of thousands of lives.

“The Air Ambulance treats an average of five critically-injured people every day; airborne within just four minutes of activation and landing safely in the busy streets of London – be it in the middle of Trafalgar Square or on the embankment. The service was launched in 1989 following a report by the Royal College of Surgeons that stated too many people were dying on the streets unnecessarily. Today, the service is at the forefront of medical innovation, delivering pioneering procedures, including roadside open chest surgery, anaesthesia and blood transfusions. It truly is a wonderful charity, doing pioneering things to keep Londoners safe.”

To read the full blog, and find out how to donate to the Air Ambulance and support it’s work, click here.

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