Essex & Herts Air Ambulance welcomes Government announcement
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has warmly welcomed the recent announcement by Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond of £10 million for the 18 air ambulance services in England.
In his recent Budget Mr Hammond announced that the Government will be making £10 million available to support the funding of capital projects air ambulances in England.
Within his statement the Chancellor said: “Across the length and breadth of England, our air ambulance services work tirelessly 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to get those with life-threatening illnesses and injuries to the expert medical care they need. They do a fantastic job and today I am making £10 million of funding to help them go on doing so.”
Jane Gurney, Chief Executive Officer of EHAAT said: This is good news, but it costs over £6.5 million each year to keep EHAAT alone operational. Because we will have to apply for funding there is no guarantee that our Charity will receive any of this money. We look forward to hearing more about the Chancellor’s plans and learning which of our projects might be eligible for funding. Even if we apply successfully, we will continue to depend on the generosity and goodwill of the people and businesses of Essex and Hertfordshire to keep us flying and saving lives.”
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