As a result of the increased operational
Matthew Jones, CEO of EAAA, said: “We’re just over three months into providing a fully 24/7 service for the region and we’re really pleased to see that our teams are already making a big difference to people all over East Anglia and beyond. We can see that we are being tasked over a much wider area at night than ever before, showing that we’re taking our enhanced critical care skills to those patients most in need of our help.
“Moving towards providing a 24/7 service has taken us the best part of four years and included raising an extra million pounds a year to fund this change, extending to 24/7 operations by rapid response vehicle first and expanding and renovating the charity’s HQ in Norwich, to adequately house a 24/7 service by air and by road. We are incredibly pleased to now be able to offer the same level of service, no matter what the time of day or night, to our patients and their families and this is only possible thanks to our incredible supporters.”
To facilitate the additional night flying at Norwich Airport also required upgrading the control system for the runway lights, costing around £60,000 which was kindly funded by the HELP Appeal. This drastically helps to reduce light pollution and saves energy by allowing the EAAA pilots to turn the lights on remotely via the aircraft VHF radio as they depart or approach the airport.
EAAA needs to raise £15 million a year to deliver and develop its life-saving service and is grateful to all of its supporters for the essential donations which keep the charity flying and have made a 24/7 service by air a reality for the people of East Anglia.