Essex & Herts Air Ambulance are appealing to the local business community in Hertfordshire to support this year’s National Air Ambulance Week in September.

During National Air Ambulance Week (9th to 15th September) EHAAT’s fundraising team will be out across Hertfordshire to promote awareness and collect vital funds for their life-saving service.

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) is a Charity which provides a Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. Last year they attended a record number of 1,491 patients in the area. The service is provided free of charge but, unlike NHS emergency services, the Charity receives no direct funding from the Government or National Lottery. It costs in excess of £750,000 every month to keep the service operational and cover all charitable costs

The clinicians and pilots who work for EHAAT have skills which allow them to `bring the hospital to the patient’, but you can help support the Charity’s life-saving work just by holding a collection bucket.

Fundraising Manager, Natasha Robertson said: “National Air Ambulance Week is an important way of increasing awareness and raising funds. We are keen to recruit as many volunteers as we can, so we’d love to hear from any companies who would like to get involved.

“Just an hour of collecting can make a huge difference. Some companies take on a collection point and use it as a ‘give back’ day. It’s a great way of getting your team together away from the workplace and putting something back into the community.”

Another way of supporting EHAAT is to host a box of helicopter pin badges at your workplace during September, with a suggested donation of £1 per pin.

If you or the business you work for would like to get involved in supporting EHAAT, contact Natasha Robertson or on 0345 504 0055 or at natasha.robertson@ehaat.org