‘Visionary’ founder of Lincolnshire Air Ambulance passes away

Tributes have been paid to one of the founders of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Ambulance who has passed away.

John Hill worked tirelessly in establishing the original Lincolnshire Air Ambulance before expanding the service into Nottinghamshire in the 1990s.

He served as Chairman of the Board for six years and remained an active member of the Board of Trustees for over 21 years, making a significant contribution to the development of the air ambulance.

In his time with the charity, John also recruited the first Board of Trustees and organised the charity’s first-ever fundraiser.

The air ambulance said that they would “forever be indebted to John for vision and foresight”.

Karen Jobling, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, said: “The work that John started with the air ambulance some 22 years ago will be a lasting legacy, and it is a testament to his determination and commitment in providing a life-saving emergency service to the people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. 

“Over this time, over 16,500 critically ill or injured people have been airlifted by our air ambulance.

“John will be sadly missed by his many friends from the air ambulance community and our thoughts are with his wife Anne and his family at this sad time.”

John’s funeral will be held on February 26 at 1pm, at Fulbeck Church.

Donations are welcome to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.