Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance helipad in use

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance lands at Coventry Airport The revamped helipad for the air ambulance cost about £4,000

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A new helipad is now being used by an air ambulance after a two-year project to revamp it.

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance had been landing on nearby grass during the work at Coventry Airport, which cost the service about £4,000.

The service said it had taken two years to finish the helipad due to spending priorities.

A number of companies provided free labour and materials to the charity.

Polycote UK provided labour for free for the work and Travis Perkins supplied materials at cost price rather than for profit, the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire service said.

Asked why it had taken two years to finish, head of aviation Dan Martin said: "It's been cash and we've got to prioritise really and make sure that all the money that the public very generously give us goes directly towards operating the helicopter."

Mr Martin said using the helipad meant the crew could get to the helicopter more quickly.

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