THE Essex Air Ambulance, which provides a free life-saving helicopter emergency medical service for Essex, has just welcomed a new recruit, Adam Carr. With no direct funding from the government or National Lottery, the Air Ambulance relies solely upon the people and businesses of Essex to remain operational and keep saving lives. With a new recruit in need of essential kit, the team turned to intu Lakeside for support.
Intu Lakeside gladly donated £500 to the charity to purchase a flight suit for new recruit Adam to get him up in the air and saving lives across Essex. Having only been an Air Ambulance paramedic for three weeks, Adam is quickly learning the ropes and clearly loves his new role.
Izzie Peskett, intu Lakeside’s Marketing Manager, says: “The Essex Air Ambulance provides a phenomenal service to our local community and the fact that it operates wholly as a charity (with such high costs) is very inspiring. Helping Adam get suited up for his new role in the team is something we were delighted to be able to do.”
With total costs of £440,000 every month and fuel costs of £220 per hour to run Essex and Hertfordshire’s two helicopters, the service isn’t cheap. But, thanks to public and business donations, specialist doctors and critical care paramedics – like Adam – can be rushed to the scene of an incident to deliver advanced care that is normally only found in the hospital emergency department. Last month alone the team airlifted 23 patients.
To find out more about intu Lakeside’s charitable work and community involvement, please visit www.intulakeside.co.uk.