An air ambulance charity in Cambridgeshire showed its ongoing commitment to supporting the Armed Forces.

In the lead-up to Armed Forces Day on June 29 and beyond, Magpas Air Ambulance flew the Armed Forces Day flag at its base and showcased a rapid response vehicle decorated with Armed Forces Day bunting.

The charity has several links to the military, with many of its clinicians, aviation staff and board trustees previously having served or currently serving in the armed forces.

Magpas Air Ambulance's commitment to the forces has been shown not only through these strong connections but also through a series of pledges and the attainment of a Gold Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme in 2021.

The scheme recognises organisations that show outstanding support towards the Armed Forces community and uphold the values of the Armed Forces Covenant.

Magpas Air Ambulance was the first air ambulance charity in the UK to receive the top honour.

The Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle with Armed Forces Day bunting The Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle with Armed Forces Day bunting (Image: Submitted)

Magpas Air Ambulance’s chief executive Daryl Brown MBE DL, who also serves as the Honorary Commander for the US Air Force, 423rd Medical Squadron of the 501st Combat Support Wing, described the significance of the relationship between the ambulance charity and the forces.

Daryl Brown MBE DL said: “Magpas Air Ambulance has a really strong relationship with the armed forces, with a number of our founding doctors coming from army and RAF backgrounds.

"For over 50 years, this partnership has thrived with Magpas Air Ambulance continuing to work with many current or former service personnel, including doctors, paramedics and flight crew."

Mr Brown also emphasised the charity's ongoing dedication to serving Armed Forces personnel beyond Armed Forces Day, pointing to their award-winning practices in supporting the Armed Forces and their alliances with local medical reserve forces.

The team at Magpas Air Ambulance marked Armed Forces Day with a debut celebration at Whittlesey and by sharing team member experiences on social media throughout the week.