Fundraisers at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) are celebrating after a successful week of collecting donations for the life-saving charity.

During National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW), which ran from September 9th to 15th, more than a hundred volunteers and staff from EHAAT were at venues across Hertfordshire to raise awareness about the Charity’s work. Once a small number of collections later in the month have been included, it is anticipated that around £20,000 will have been collected across Essex and Hertfordshire, enough to fund nine potentially life-saving missions.

The crew at Bishop’s Stortford Fire Station saved the day by stepping in at the last minute for a collection after a group were unable to help. Others who took part during the week included: Hemel Hempstead Rotary Club, the Mayor of Hemel Hempstead and Bishop’s Stortford Air Cadets.

Each year during NAAW, air ambulance charities across the country come together to publicise their work and raise funds. The UK’s air ambulance charities are funded by the generosity of the public and treat over 25,000 patients a year. Across the UK an air ambulance is deployed every 10 minutes.

Jon Rodriguez, Head of Fundraising at EHAAT said: “It’s always great to get out into the communities we serve because we couldn’t remain operational without our amazing supporters. We really value the opportunity to explain to people how their donation makes a difference to our work.”

“Without access to National Lottery funding and with only limited support from Government, we depend on the people of Essex and Hertfordshire to remain operational and saving lives.”