Heroes on the Water

The Guvnor, Sir John, and Lady Lorimer say they are ‘delighted’ to have become patrons for Heroes on the Water Isle of Man. The charity provides Kayak Angling to wounded military and uniformed members of the public who have suffered whilst carrying out a public duty. The Lorimers took a trip down the charities HQ at Port Soderick last weekend, with their dog Midge, to meet the team which supports the charity on the island.

Sheryl McLeod

As an aside to the above, through looking up the charity, we found this fundraiser which we also want to promote.

Sheryl Macleod is raising money for Heroes on the Water in memory of her dad Kevin Faragher who sadly died in November last year.

You can read her full story here and, if you can, donate to this brilliant charity.

The Dark Money

The Positive Action Group will be hosting a public meeting in a couple of weeks looking at the role of shell companies in global criminal networks. This will include a presentation from director of anti-fincnancial crime project ‘The Dark Money Files’ Graham Barrow.

PAG said: ‘The conflict in the Ukraine has brought into sharp focus the close links between financial crime and the organised criminal gangs and corrupt individuals who are responsible for so much of the dirty money entering the financial system and, in particular, the role of UK entities in enabling this. 

‘Graham Barrow is  passionate about informing and educating, both seasoned professionals and members of the general public, on the subject of dark money; how it enters the financial system, and even more importantly, how it infects everything it touches.’

Roger Tomlinson added: ‘PAG is indeed fortunate in luring Graham to the IOM at this time, to share his experience of 25 years in financial services. He promises to reveal how he sniffs out corruption, specifically in the use of legal entities to launder the proceeds of crime.’

The event is on at the Manx Legion Club in Douglas from 7.30pm on Monday, March 28.

Heli-Health

A six-month trial of the Isle of Man’s enhanced emergency air bridge is now underway.  The new Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) aims to take patients who are seriously ill or who have suffered a major trauma from the Isle of Man directly to the UK for emergency medical treatment.

This flexible and reactive transfer of patients to trauma or other specialist centres in the North West of England will ensure that those who need off-island treatment will receive it in the shortest time possible.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) which operates the HEMS service has now completed its registration as a charity on the island, undertaken simulation and trial flights, and entered into a formal agreement with Manx Care. The HEMS will operate alongside the existing fixed-wing air ambulance service already provided.

Gareth Davies, from Manx Care, said: ‘We’re really pleased that trial of the HEMS service is now underway, as the addition of a helicopter emergency medical service is a great compliment to our existing emergency service provision. Following the simulations and test flights, and the significant amount of work that has taken place in the background by various teams to develop this service, we hope that this will allow us to transfer or respond to seriously ill or injured patients in a more timely manner, which will give patients the best chance of survival and improved longer-term outcomes.’