Suffolk: Unique car offer is set to boost air ambulance

THERE is still a chance for would-be car buyers to get a top-of-the-range vehicle - and significantly boost the coffers of the East Anglian Air Ambulance at the same time.

Generous Merlin Ruffles, 70, from Badingham, is selling his nearly-new Land Rover Freelander 2, and will give half the proceeds to the EADT’s Lifesaver Appeal.

The offer was first announced two weeks ago and there is still time for potential buyers to register an interest.

Mr Ruffles only bought the Freelander recently, but later decided it wasn’t to his liking. So, having read about the Lifesaver Appeal in the EADT, he decided he would sell it and give half the money to the good cause.

The EADT has teamed up with its sister paper the Eastern Daily Press to launch the joint �50,000 appeal to help the East Anglian Air Ambulance buy a new ventilator machine, ultrasound equipment and two blood analysers.

The charity’s lead doctors have specifically asked for the new equipment as they strive to continually improve what the crews can do to help the most seriously ill and injured patients from Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire before they can be safely taken to hospital.

The Freelander is now up for sale for �30,000, having cost �37,000 new. There are just 508 miles on the clock. It is a 2.2 SD4 HSE five-door model, Galway green with an ebony trim, and the registration date was April 30, 2012.

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Viewings of the Freelander need to be booked through the East Anglian Air Ambulance fundraising office on 01473 745007.