East Anglia: Support the Lifesaver Appeal

A CAMPAIGN to raise �50,000 to buy new life-saving equipment for the region’s air ambulance service is gathering pace.

The Lifesaver Appeal – run by the East Anglian Daily Times with sister paper the Eastern Daily Press – has nearly hit the �7,000 mark.

The fundraising drive, which has been backed by Suffolk MPs Dr Daniel Poulter and Dr Therese Coffey, will help pay for a new ventilator machine, ultrasound and two blood analysers.

East Anglian Air Amb-ulance, which covers Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, does not receive any Government funding and has to raise �6million a year to operate.

The EADT campaign has raised nearly �2,000 directly from readers and a further �5,000 from Needham Market-based firm BTS Group, arboriculture and electrical contractors.

The company made the donation after air ambulance crews helped its employee Tom Connelly, 22, survive a horrendous accident in which he nearly beheaded himself with a chainsaw.

EADT editor Terry Hunt said: “Any one of us, or our loved ones, could need the air ambulance to help in a crisis. So many people have reason to be extremely grateful to this fantastic service.

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“The Lifesaver Appeal will mean the air ambulance can provide an even better service. EADT readers always rally brilliantly, and generously, to help a good cause. If you can help in any way, then please do so.”

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