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12 April 2024

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Hosts Southend West MP Anna Firth at Airbase



Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) was honoured to host Southend West MP, Anna Firth, for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of its state-of-the-art air base at North Weald airfield on Wednesday, April 10, 2024.

EHAAT’s helicopters are a familiar sight in the skies over Southend, and with its popular charity shop in Eastwood, the community has always been such amazing supporters of their local life-saving charity.

During her visit, Anna received a personal guided tour of the air base, including the Visitor Centre and Simulation Suite, led by CEO Jane Gurney, Medical Director Dr Tony Joy, and Associate Retail Commercial Director Leila Clarke. The discussions centred around the critical importance of helipads regionally and nationally and emphasised the indispensable role of local support in sustaining the provision of 24/7 critical care to those in urgent need. Anna also had the opportunity to interact with the crew, who are dispatched an average of seven times a day and treated over 1,900 patients last year.

Jane Gurney, CEO of EHAAT, said: “We were delighted to welcome Anna to the airbase, to continue and build upon the great relationship we had built with the late Sir David Amess MP. With significant operational and charitable expenses amounting to £1million each month, the support from local communities, including Southend West constituents, is essential in ensuring the continuation of our life-saving missions.”

Dr Tony Joy, Medical Director said: “It was great to be able to show the dedication of the crew and the cutting-edge facilities, including the Simulation Suite, which plays a vital role in providing advanced training for our clinicians, thereby enhancing the quality of pre-hospital emergency care provided by EHAAT.”





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