TAKING ON THE CHALLENGE
Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Appeal
The Essex Air Ambulance has been successfully running its fundraising operation for 10 years. This success, due to the commitment of the people of Essex, has meant that the County has benefited from its very own life saving helicopter. It costs in excess of £105,000 every month to keep the Essex Air Ambulance flying and the fund receives no National Lottery or Government assistance, relying instead on the goodwill of the people of Essex.
At present, there is no Air Ambulance service covering Hertfordshire. The Essex Air Ambulance Trust now wants to develop an independent fundraising plan to enable the people of Hertfordshire to finance their own life saving air ambulance service. This challenge is enormous and is only achievable with the help and support of the Hertfordshire community.
An appeal to raise enough funds will be launched on the 26th of April. Once enough monies have been raised, Hertfordshire will be able to call upon the Essex Air Ambulance to attend medical emergencies. In time, when sufficient funds allow, a separate, dedicated Hertfordshire Air Ambulance will be serving the local community.
Stephen Williams, Chairman of the Essex Air Ambulance Trust said “In accordance with the strategic plan of the new East of England Ambulance Trust for helicopters to cover its entire 6 county remit (Beds, Herts, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire), we plan to help Hertfordshire raise sufficient money for a dedicated Hertfordshire air ambulance service. This is a very exciting time for everyone concerned and we are looking to the business community and the people of Hertfordshire to support the Appeal and make the challenge a reality
It is hoped that the plan for progressive fundraising in Hertfordshire will create self sufficient financial resources for the County. A Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Appeal Committee has been established as part of the Essex Air Ambulance Trust using the know how and other resources of the Essex based Charity and will be led by Rob Forsyth a local business man and supporter of the Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Appeal. Again no government funding is available, so without this initiative from the people of Essex and the support of the Hertfordshire community, this will not happen.
Rob said “It is a privilege to be involved in the Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Appeal campaign. Every day Air Ambulances are making a vital difference across the country – this is one of very few counties in the UK without an Air Ambulance helicopter. My aim is to help the people of Hertfordshire raise sufficient funds, so that the Air Ambulance can operate in our community, bringing highly qualified clinicians and sophisticated life-saving equipment to a patient within the first few vital minutes of an emergency”.
THE HERTFORDSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE APPEAL LAUNCH EVENT
Date: Thursday 26th April 2007
Venue: Manor of Groves, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire
Time: 2pm – 4pm
The Essex Air Ambulance will fly in at approximately 3pm