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CHILDREN from a Portsmouth school found out more about ambulance services when a charity visited the site.

Dr Howard Simpson, consultant in emergency medicine and chairman of BASICS Hampshire, visited Lord Admiral Nelson School, in Dundas Lane, Copnor.

He also brought along a medical car, which gave pupils an insight.

Dr Simpson said: ‘It’s always great for a small charity like ours when students take an interest.

‘The students were telling me how they were keen to support a local scheme that helps look after critically-injured patients.

‘They saw it could be their own friends or family that we are helping save.

‘I explained that the medics in BASICS Hampshire not only respond in cars but now often fly on the air ambulance.

‘It would be good to think that some of the students I met will consider a career in the emergency services in the future.’

The visit was organised by Debbie Lucas, head of RE and social responsibility coordinator.

Pupils donated £1 to wear non-uniform, and money raised will be presented to BASICS.

Ms Lucas said: ‘The day went very well and it was good to see pupils fundraising.

‘We will be presenting £500 to the local charity.’