Former Chairman of Council Richard Morgan visited the helicopter base at Boreham near Chelmsford where he presented a cheque to the Essex Air Ambulance fundraising co-ordinator Jean Twin for £8,586. The Air Ambulance was one of two chairman charities Councillor Morgan supported with fundraising during his year as chairman last year. By the time Councillor Morgan arrived to present the cheque at 10.30 am, it had already attended four calls!
The Essex Air Ambulance was launched on 1 July 1998 and depends on voluntary fundraising and is in constant demand answering on average three missions a day. Councillor Morgan was accompanied by his wife Jean who took the pictures.
The helicopter now used by Essex Air Ambulance Service is an EC135 Eurocopter which can transport two patients, two paramedics and one pilot together with a full life-support equipment. It is never more than eight minutes flying time from any one of the major hospitals in Essex, flying at a speed of 160 miles per hour. The Essex Air Ambulance is a registered charity and is not funded by either the NHS or Government. The total costs for this valuable life-saving service has to be found from charitable donations from the general public and local businesses.
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