Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has surprised the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) with a £30,000 donation at the Sparkle in Spring Ball at Milsoms, Kesgrave on 10 May. 

The fundraising event last Friday (May 8), was organised by Kim Berry, wife of Dr Neil Berry, who works for EAAA as well as working as a consultant anaesthetist at Ipswich Hospital.

Over £62,000 was raised on the night through ticket sales, an auction, raffle and donations on the night. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Guests at the ballGuests at the ball (Image: Capella Photography)
Covering Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire 24 hours a day, seven days a week, EAAA saves lives by delivering highly skilled doctors and critical care paramedics by air or road to seriously ill or injured people.

However, EAAA receives no regular government funding and is kept running by donations. 

Organiser Kim Berry said: "I am so delighted we have raised £62,000 for East Anglian Air Ambulance. The support from our headline sponsors Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and everyone who attended on the night was just phenomenal. It truly couldn't have gone any better and the surprise £30,000 donation was the icing on the cake.” 

Samantha Stimpson, CEO at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines said: “We are incredibly proud to support East Anglian Air Ambulance. We hope our donation will make a huge difference to the vital work they do throughout the region”. 


East Anglian Daily Times: Each EAAA mission costs an average of £3,750 Each EAAA mission costs an average of £3,750 (Image: Capella Photography)and, since they launched in 2000, they have attended more than 30,000 life-saving mission.

On average they are called out eight times a day across both of their bases at Norwich Airport and Cambridge Airport. 
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