The East Anglian Air Ambulance has been saving lives in the region since 2000 and has worked collaboratively with Magpas for much of that time. We’re disappointed that it has taken the decision to issue a misleading press release regarding our operations which is clearly designed to cause concern among our many loyal supporters and damage the charity’s reputation.
Ultimately, we are sure they would agree with us that we both wish to see the best possible service for saving lives and we must put the needs of the casualties we attend above everything. This is what we are striving to do in the actions we take.
The EAAA, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2010 has expanded significantly since it was launched with one aircraft, thanks to the generous support of thousands of individuals, businesses and community groups across East Anglia.
Despite receiving no direct government funding, it now operates two advanced air ambulances in the UK, 365 days per year, across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. During its first ten years, its aircraft and their highly skilled clinical crews, have helped to save hundreds of lives and improved the outcomes of many other victims of accidents and medical emergencies.
It costs £3.5 million per year to keep the charity’s two air ambulances flying, to provide the required ancillary operations and to supply the advanced clinical equipment they carry.
For more information about the East Anglian Air Ambulance, contact the charity on 0845 066 9999 or visit its website at www.eaaa.org.uk