As Christmas fast approaches, we’re reminded of the difficulties our emergency services face every year. The Magpas Air Ambulance medical team, which saves lives in Cambridgeshire and across the East of England, is called out four times a day on average. And as a 24/7 service, the charity responds to emergency calls any time of the day or night, in all kinds of weather—even on Christmas day and throughout the testing winter months.

Magpas Air Ambulance Doctor Adriana Cordier explains, “All we can be sure of is that at the heart of every call we answer, there is somebody who urgently needs medical help. If we’re called, it’s often a life or death situation.”

This is something Molly Digby—who was treated by Doctor Adriana and her colleague, Critical Care Paramedic Steve Chambers, earlier this year—knows all too well…

Molly, her mum Jan, and twins Jacob and Archie with the Magpas Air Ambulance helicopter

This year, Molly is spending her first Christmas with her baby twin boys thanks to the Cambridgeshire based charity, Magpas Air Ambulance.

Molly was only 28 weeks pregnant with her twin boys when her waters broke at home in January of this year. Her babies, Archie and Jacob, came quickly and each weighed no more than a bag of sugar—they were in critical need of urgent medical care.

Crews from the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) were doing as much as they could for all three patients. However, with the severity of the twins’ conditions, it was immediately clear they required specialist care and expertise only services such as Magpas Air Ambulance can bring.

Doctor Adriana Cordier and Critical Care Paramedic Steve Chambers, who have both worked with Magpas Air Ambulance for many years, flew to Molly’s home to provide the babies with vital medical support and treatment and got them to hospital as quickly as possible for further neonatal care. Thanks to their quick actions and the advanced medicine they’re able to provide, Molly and her partner James are now looking forward to celebrating Christmas with Archie and Jacob—who made a miraculous recovery.

The Magpas Air Ambulance team with Archie

Molly says, “Adriana and Steve from Magpas Air Ambulance played such a huge part in saving my twin boys, who had such a small chance of survival.

“This is by far my favourite time of year and having the boys for our first Christmas all together as a family will make it really magical. We all feel so lucky and thankful that Jacob and Archie are here with us and doing so well. Without help from Magpas Air Ambulance it could all have been so different, and it’s only thanks to kindness from the public that they can be there to save families like mine.”


As her way of giving something back, Molly encouraged Magpas Air Ambulance supporters to make a donation and send in a message of encouragement to our team saving lives this Christmas. And was overwhelmed when she saw how many people had done just that! Reading the messages and hearing how much has been raised brought a tear to her eye, she continues, “It means so much to me that so many people have supported Magpas Air Ambulance this Christmas. Your kind gifts will help them carry on saving people’s lives and allow more families to look forward to a wonderful Christmas together.”

If you want to support a charity this Christmas, consider leaving a donation to Magpas Air Ambulance who are working across the period, so they can continue to be there for more people like Molly, Jacob and Archie. You can also leave a message for the lifesaving medical team alongside your donation, by adding a star to the virtual Christmas tree: