Duke of Cambridge writes letter to East Anglian Air Ambulance, which celebrates 20th birthday
The East Anglian Air Ambulance celebrates its 20th birthday today and has received a special letter written by the Duke of Cambridge.
The charity started to help save lives on September 6, 2000, initially operating just one day a week from Norwich Airport.
Over the last two decades, the EAAA has flown almost 30,000 missions and helped almost 20,000 patients, all thanks to the generosity of local people.
To mark the start of Air Ambulance week 2020, the Duke of Cambridge has thanked staff and volunteers for their “incredible work” on the front-line and behind the scenes.
In an open letter, the Duke wrote: “I wanted to send my personal thanks to each and every member of the air ambulance community for the vital role you play in saving lives across the county every day.”
He continued: “The outbreak of Covid-19 has presented an inmeasurably difficult challenge to all emergency responders.
“You have had to adapt to new ways of working throughout the pandemic- while continuing to provide a crucial lifeline to those who need it most.
“However, I know from experience that a wonderful spirit runs through the air ambulance community and I encourage everyone to continue to take time to support one another through these difficult times.”
Around £13 million is needed a year to help develop and deliver the service and it aims to start flying 24/7 for the first time next year.
The EAAA now grown to operate two helicopters across the region carrying a highly-skilled emergency medicine doctor and a critical care paramedic.
Chief executive Patrick Peal, said: “EAAA is a unique life-line for anyone in East Anglia; we are incredibly proud to be here today, having kept flying throughout the covid-19 pandemic, and to see such a high need for our crews over the last few months.
“We know we are providing an essential service for the people of East Anglia and we’re so, so thankful for all the support we have received over the last 20 years. We really could not be here without the community that funds our life-saving work. A huge heart-felt thank you from all of us to everyone who has supported us over the years.”