Technical textiles specialists Arville have come to the aid of the London’s Air Ambulance charity and refitted the interiors of its two emergency medical helicopters.
It was apparent that the seating within the helicopters needed significant refurbishment as a result of ongoing use. So, recognising Arville’s experience in manufacturing bespoke aircraft fabrics, the charity approached them for help.
The textiles team came to their aid, gifting a durable, lightweight, and fire-retardant fabric that met the stringent safety requirements for the aviation sector.
Arville spokesman Andy Smith said: “We recognise the tremendous life-saving treatment this charity delivers to the 10 million people who live, work and travel within the M25. So, when they came to us to ask for help, we were only too happy to donate the fabric they required.”
With extensive experience producing technical textiles for the aerospace industry, Arville is no stranger to helping kit out both civil and military airline fleets. The team therefore swung into action immediately after the request came in, providing the fabric in a matter of days. The material was then fitted by the charity’s own team.
Keith Boxall, compliance monitoring manager for London’s Air Ambulance, said: “On behalf of London’s Air Ambulance, I am tremendously grateful for Arville’s generous offer to supply the material for the cabin seats, free of charge. This help and assistance is hugely appreciated.”
London’s Air Ambulance treats on average five critically injured people in London every day. But facing costs of £8.7 million a year to keep the helicopters in the air each day, the charity relies heavily on donations to provide this much-needed service for the capital.