EAAA does not receive any direct Government funding for its life-saving work and the 7.6 million it needs to raise every year comes directly from charitable donations. Both have a highly trained critical care crew consisting of a doctor and paramedic, the gold standard for air ambulances, and can deliver advanced pre-hospital care anywhere in the region within 25 minutes, making a profound difference to patient outcomes. In 2013, EAAA also became the first dedicated air ambulance in England and Wales to offer a helicopter emergency medical service during the hours of darkness, a ground-breaking development which will allow them to treat approximately 30 per cent more patients. This growth has understandably seen an accompanying increase in operational costs, and while public support remains robust, the charity would like to engage with businesses in the region to discuss potential fundraising opportunities. Fundraising manager for North Cambridgeshire, Chris Donaldson said: We can offer ourselves to companies as Charity of the Year or support them in any of their fundraising initiatives. We are an active charity partner and seek to put staff and volunteers at events and provide materials that demonstrate a companys help and support. Any companies who are interested in fundraising for EAAA can contact the Peterborough Fundraising Office on 01733 367208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Chris Donaldson added: We look forward to working with commercial concerns so that, together, we can continue to make a real difference to the emergency medical resources of the region. First air ambulance to fly night missions EAAA charity currently flies two EC 135 aircraft. These are the most widely used helicopters for air ambulance work in the UK because of their size, performance, reliability and cost. Once airborne, their normal cruising speed is 135 knots (150 mph). Between them, they can reach a patient anywhere in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk within 25 minutes. They are twin engine aircraft which means that in the unlikely event that one engine should fail, they can continue to fly and make a safe landing at a suitable location. Recently EAAA took delivery of an EC135 T2e to upgrade the aircraft at Cambridge Airport. It is fully night-capable, meaning it can be used for HEMS missions after dark. EAAA is the first air ambulance to achieve this. Crewed by one pilot the aircraft has the capacity for two crew members and a patient plus room for one other, which could be the parent of an injured child. The aircraft is 39ft 11in long and 11ft 6in high. East Anglian Air Ambulance couldnt exist without our team of amazing and committed volunteers. It has around 200 volunteers who dedicate their time and skills in many different ways. We are hugely grateful Air Ambulance and proud of all our volunteers who play a vital role in helping us to keep our two helicopters flying 365 days a year and saving lives across East Anglia. East Anglian Air Ambulance completely depends on a dedicated, diverse and flexible volunteer force to support the air ambulance charity in delivering its life saving services. Some of its volunteers give their time on a regular weekly basis whilst others help out occasionally. Every hour of time given to the charity can make a huge difference. From organising their own events to helping the charity for a few hours at others; helping behind the scenes at its offices with anything from operations to communications; emptying collection boxes or helping out in its charity shop the list is endless!
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