Hammers and Air Ambulance Join Up

The Lakeside Hammers are both proud and delighted to announce that, as a part of the Club’s community programme, Essex Air Ambulance will be the Club’s nominated regional charity for the 2010 season.

Operating seven days a week the Essex Air Ambulance is a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) with the ability to access remote areas quickly, bringing highly qualified clinicians and life-saving equipment to patients within the first few vital minutes of an emergency.

Patients can be airlifted to the most appropriate hospital quickly capitalizing on the aircraft’s unique advantage of speed and versatility when minutes can make all the difference between life and death. It costs in the region of £250,000 per month to cover all charitable costs and aircraft operations.

The Charity is reliant upon donations from the people and businesses of Essex who give generously to keep the county’s life-saving service in the air.

The Hammers will be promoting the Essex Air Ambulance through a range of channels and initiatives over the forthcoming season.

Mark Sexton, The Hammers Community Manager commented: “The Lakeside Hammers are busy working on a number of community based initiatives supporting local schools, clubs, charities and youth organisations and, as part of that programme, we decided to identify a regional charity that we could channel specific support for. We are delighted to offer our support to such a worthy cause as the Essex Air Ambulance and hope that we can help them to continue providing their life-saving services”

Essex Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, Nezda Leigh, who recently visited the Hammers to learn all about the Club, commented: “We are delighted that the Lakeside Hammers have nominated us as their Regional Charity for the 2010 season. Speedway is a modern, vibrant family sport and from my time at the Hammers I could also see that they are an integral part of local sporting community.

“Unlike other emergency services, the Essex Air Ambulance is a Charity that relies solely upon the generosity and goodwill of the people and businesses of Essex to remain operational and keep saving lives.

“The Hammers involvement will really help to raise our profile and also help inform and educate the people of Essex of why the service is invaluable”
Hammers fans can find out all about the Essex Air Ambulance, including ways to become a fundraiser, a sponsor or volunteer, make a donation or take part in the weekly ‘Flight for Life Lottery’ draw which costs just £1, by visiting their website at www.EssexAirAmbulance.uk.com

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