East Anglian Air Ambulance’s emergency appeal seeks donations to buy personal protective equipment for teams
Featured image Critical Care Paramedic Nigel Strange and Doctor Rishi Rallan demonstrate the PPE they need to stay safe, courtesy of East Anglian Air Ambulance
Amidst the current Covid-19 pandemic, East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has been working tirelessly to deliver live-saving support across the region. The charity has had to adapt quickly and source a large amount of personal protective equipment (PPE). But having spent more than £25,000 of unbudgeted funds, the charity has now launched an emergency appeal to secure more funds.
The estimated cost of acquiring the additional PPE now required over a six-month period is over £100,000. Just last month, the EAAA life-saving teams attended 178 missions and treated 111 patients, and though many people are currently on lockdown, there are still many emergency situations that require the presence of the teams.
Richard Hindson, Head of Operations at East Anglian Air Ambulance, said: “At a time like this we can’t take any chances with the safety of our crews, but we also need to be able to provide the same level of care for our patients. The equipment we now need to operate safely is a huge unforeseen cost that simply hasn’t been budgeted for, but we can’t send our crews out without it.
“We understand people are struggling at home too and may not feel as secure about their income, but we need support now more than ever, from those who feel able to give it, to protect our crews and keep our service operating safely. Please donate what you can to help.”
Support the EAAA PPE Appeal by:
Phone: 03450 669 999 and donate by debit or credit card (8.30am-5.00pm)
Text: PPE 5 to 70085 to donate £5, text PPE 10 to give £10, or PPE 20 to give £20
Website: Visit the EAAA website and donate online