Air ambulance marks birthday

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AN AIR ambulance charity that flew a Portsmouth baby back home is celebrating its first anniversary.

The Children’s Air Ambulance is the country’s first dedicated helicopter hospital transfer service for critically-ill children and babies. Since it started in May last year, the service has carried out 38 baby transfers and 31 clinician transfers.

One was Dominic Fuller, who was born two months premature while his parents were in Grimsby – 225 miles away from home, last October.

His father Andy, of Chichester Road, North End, said: ‘It’s an unbelievable service.’

The charity needs to raise £134,000 every month, call 08454 130999.