Christmas comes early for air ambulance lottery winner
Christmas has come early for Paul Reynolds from Sawbridgeworth, when he picked up a cheque for £25,000 after winning the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) ‘Flight for Life’ Lottery Superdraw.
Sixty year old Mr Reynolds has supported EHAAT for a number of years and said, “I was delighted to receive the phone call from Carmel Hudson, EHAAT’s Lottery Manager to tell me I had won, I didn’t expect the call and didn’t believe her in the beginning! After what has been a challenging couple of years, this unexpected windfall means that we now have the opportunity to support our girls, Alice and Eleanor.
“In addition, we purchased a motorhome recently that needs some refurbishment. So my wife Tracey and I are looking forward to spending time away in it over the next few months”
David Franklin (Pre-Hospital Care Doctor) and Chris Eagle (Critical Care Paramedic) were pleased to meet Mr Reynolds and his daughter Alice, when they visited North Weald to pick up the winning cheque from Pam Withrington, Director of Fundraising & Marketing at EHAAT. They also proudly showed them around the helicopter and the new state of the art airbase, which was officially opened in October.
Mr Reynolds, an ex-paramedic himself was fascinated with the facilities; “Seeing how technology has changed over recent years was really interesting and being shown this first-hand was a real honour. I will definitely spread the word about the work that is carried out by the crew in bringing the hospital to the patient. I am really motivated to help them in any way I can”
Mrs Withrington is thankful to everyone, like Paul, that does their bit to support EHAAT. “We truly are a life-saving charity that provides a 24/7 service free of charge via our helicopters and rapid response vehicles. Yet, unlike NHS emergency services, we receive limited direct funding from the Government and none from the National Lottery. As it costs in excess of £750,000 every month to keep us operational, we are very grateful to all our supporters, whether they play our lottery, donate, fundraise, or volunteer.