19 Jul £3.6 million awarded to Air Ambulances in the East of England
Air Ambulances in the East of England are to receive more than a third of a recent Government cash boost for air ambulances across England.
Between them, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) with £1.5 million, Magpas Air Ambulance with £1.34 million and East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) with £800,000, received £3.6 million of the £10 million set aside by Chancellor Philip Hammond to help the 18 Air Ambulance charities in England with capital projects.
Within his statement last year the Chancellor said: “Across the length and breadth of England, our air ambulance services work tirelessly 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to get those with life-threatening illnesses and injuries to the expert medical care they need. They do a fantastic job and today I am making £10 million of funding to help them go on doing so.”
EHAAT will use this one-off grant to help pay for the Charity’s planned new airbase at North Weald, which is to cost in the region of £4 million.
Jane Gurney, Chief Executive Officer of EHAAT said: “We are delighted to receive this contribution from Government. It will mean that some of the funds initially put aside for our new premises at North Weald can now be used to help develop and improve the life-saving service we provide for patients. We value the support of the communities we serve and are thankful for their continued support.”