View our history timeline below to see how far we have developed as a charity in the past 18 years! We couldn’t make these life-saving developments without the amazing support we receive from our community – thank you!
January 2019 - EAAA flies 25,000th mission
While difficult to celebrate because it means a patient has needed our care, we are delighted to reach this milestone figure, which highlights the vital need for our service. https://www.eaaa.org.uk/blog/east-anglian-air-ambulance-flies-25000th-mission/
November 2018 - Charity Staff Member of the Year at the AAA awards
Jen Easton, our longest standing member of staff won Charity Staff Member of the Year at the Association of Air Ambulance Awards. Jen has become an inspiration to everyone at East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) since she started working here 15 years ago. She is the backbone of the charity and is a daily reminder to all of us as to why we are here. https://www.eaaa.org.uk/blog/charity-staff-member-of-the-year-jen-easton/
October 2018 - EAAA founder awarded the sword of honour
On the 25th October, one of EAAA’s founding member’s Gerry Hermer, received this year’s Sword of Honour from the Honourable Company of Air Pilots. Gerry was instrumental in the initial set up of East Anglian Air Ambulance, but his dedication to the whole aviation industry spanned more than five decades. https://www.eaaa.org.uk/blog/eaaa-founder-awarded-the-sword-of-honour/
October 2018 - Launch of brand new event Neon Night Mission
EAAA’s first Neon Night Mission event took place on the 13th October 2018. A 5k neon night run with 5 challenges throughout. Find out more – https://www.eaaa.org.uk/neonnightmission/
September 2018 - Launch of First Aid Training programme
Our mission is simple, we want to save more lives and minimise the impact of trauma and medical emergencies in the future by forming the chain of survival and delivering first aid training to workplaces and community organisations across East Anglia. https://www.eaaa.org.uk/in-the-news/firstaid-launch/
June 2018 - Opening of Ipswich Helipad
On the 11th June 2018 the EAAA Anglia One crew officially opened a brand new helipad at Ipswich Hospital. This life-saving helipad will allow EAAA crews and other air ambulance crews to transfer critically-ill patients into Ipswich Hospital’s emergency department (ED) quickly and smoothly. Previously, it took between 15 and 20 minutes to reach the ED from the hospital’s old helipad, which was at the back of the field at Copleston High School. https://www.eaaa.org.uk/blog/eaaa-open-new-helipad-ipswich-hospital/
April 2018 - New Critical Care Paramedics join the team
Our three new CCP’s have joined both the Norwich and Cambridge base!
April 2018 - RePHILL trial goes live in Cambridge
The Re-PHILL trial is a nationwide study run by Birmingham University Hospital, which aims to determine whether giving blood in a pre-hospital environment improves patient outcomes in a trauma setting. This is a blind trial where participants (our team at EAAA) will not know what product they are receiving; minimising the risk of bias in testing the treatment.
To find out more about the RePHILL trial, please click here.
April 2018 - Emergency Helicopter Medics
EAAA are part of a new TV documentary ‘Emergency Helicopter Medics’ that launched April 8th. The series, following EAAA and two other air ambulance service providers, will show ten sixty-minute long episodes each week.
March 2018 - EAAA receives glowing CQC report
The CQC inspection took place at the charity’s Norwich base on 5 February and the report has now officially been published. With four areas highlighted as outstanding and no areas of improvement, the charity has expressed its utter delight at the findings. Read more by clicking here.
January 2018 - RePHILL trial goes live in Norwich
To find out more about the RePHILL trial, please click here.
July 2017 - The Duke of Cambridge flies his last shift
“Thank you to my colleagues, team mates and the people of East Anglia who I have been so proud to serve. As part of the team, I have been invited into people’s homes to share moments of extreme emotion, from relief that we have given someone a fighting chance, to profound grief. I have watched as incredibly skilled doctors and paramedics have saved people’s lives. These experiences have instilled in me a profound respect for the men and women who serve in our emergency services, which I hope to continue to champion.
From the moment I joined, it was clear that I was a fellow professional, a Pilot with a job to do – in such a team there can be no other option, but still I am grateful to my colleagues for accepting me so readily.” – HRH The Duke of Cambridge, William Wales
May 2017 - Launch of our new Rapid Response Vehicles
Director of Operations at EAAA, Matthew Jones, said; “We can’t thank The ALBORADA Trust, and other contributors enough for providing the funds to purchase these vehicles, they provide us with another way to get to more patients in the quickest and safest way possible. We are also incredibly grateful to Hannah White for the time and support she has given to us to help showcase the new RRVs”. Click here to find out more information.
March 2017 - Farrari sells for £530,000
The Nembo Spider Ferrari left to East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) by local businessman Richard Allen was sold, 29 March, at auction for £530,000 by H&H Classics at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.
Racing driver and motor enthusiast Richard Allen who passed away on November 26th 2016 could clearly remember the helicopter of EAAA coming to the help of one of his fellow race drivers after a crash, hence his generous gesture.
March 2017 - EAAA say goodbye to founder Gerry Hermer
Gerry Hermer, one of East Anglian Air Ambulance’s (EAAA) founding members, and in recent years the aviation consultant for EAAA retires from his role.
November 2016 - EAAA takes home three awards from Association of Air Ambulance Awards
The awards, held in London on 14 November, celebrated the lifesaving work carried out by air ambulance charities across the country and honoured those who have made an exemplary contribution to the work of their charities.
November 2016 - EAAA hits 20,000 missions milestone
East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) flew its 20,000th mission and it almost went by without being noticed. The mission took place on Tuesday 29 November 2016, in Saffron Walden, Essex at 10:57pm. The incident was a road traffic collision and in attendance were Doctor Marcel Rigaud, Critical-Care Paramedic Gary Spitzer with pilots Captain Gavin Blake and Captain Chris Sherriff. EAAA provided ground assistance to the EEAST team.
October 2016 - Body Worn Cameras goes live in Norwich
EAAA has equipped its crew members with body-worn video cameras (BWVC) to further enhance the standards of healthcare it offers. The Charity’s clinical staff are now wearing discreet body cameras when on missions throughout the East of England. Click here to find out more information.
August 2016 - Appointment of four permanent Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) consultants
EAAA appoints Doctor Pam Chrispin, Victor Inyang, Neil Berry and Jeremy Mauger to a PHEM consultant position. These consultants are committed to working a for the Charity and will also spend time overseeing EAAA’s governance. This will involve developing the Charity’s standard operating procedures (SOPs), equipment, future direction, training, and of course, will provide on-call consultant advice.
July 2016 - Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visit Cambridge Base
June 2016 - New kit bags
A launch of two brand new medical kit bags for EAAA which will be carried on both aircrafts and RRVs. The process of researching and implementing a new system to carry all the medical equipment required by the EAAA clinical team has taken over 18 months. A working group, consisting of senior and longstanding members of the clinical team – including Professor Tim Harris and Dr Neil Berry and CCPs Gary Steward and Jemma Varela, has worked collaboratively to create a more efficient and effective system of equipment carriage.
April 2016 - EAAA feature in Sky TV programme
Produced by Tern TV, this astonishing six-episode documentary captures the incredible lifesaving work our doctors, paramedics and pilots achieve every day, bringing pre-hospital emergency medical treatment to patients across East Anglia. Jo Dew, Director of Fundraising said: “Air Ambulance ER will give our generous supporters, the chance to see what we do and how we turn their donations into lifesaving missions.”
March 2016 - Launch of flagship event Only The Brave
On Sunday 20 March the East Anglian Air Ambulance hosted its first ever obstacle course race challenge event at the Elveden Estate near Thetford. Over 1,300 people from across the region took part in either the 5 mile or 10 mile course. The event has raised over £100,000 for the charity.
February 2016 - New Chairman for EAAA
Major General Sir William Cubitt has taken up the role of Chairman for the Charity. Sir William replaces Andrew Egerton-Smith, who served the Charity for over fifteen years, and stepped down in December 2015.
Demeber 2015 - Cambridge base opens
The Charity’s clinical, operations, and communications teams based at Cambridge move into the new base at Cambridge Airport (Marshalls).
November 2015 - Defibrillators place at every EAAA office
The East Anglian Air Ambulance has furthered its commitment to encouraging by-stander CPR by installing defibrillators at the Charity’s offices across the region. In addition, EAAA staff have been trained in CPR and defibrillation. The defibrillators are locked in public access cabinets (CPADs) outside each office.
July 2015 - The Duke of Cambridge joins EAAA as a Pilot
The Duke of Cambridge, William Wales, has his first shift with EAAA.
May 2015 - LIBOR
EAAA is successful in application for LIBOR funds to secure a second H145 to replace Anglia One in January 2016.
May 2015 - Anglia One in darkness
Anglia One’s flying hours are extended to cover 07:00 until 19:00.
April 2015 - H145
EAAA receive the UK’s first H145, improving our operational capabilities. The EC135 T2 is moved to Norwich to replace Anglia One.
May 2013 - The hours of darkness
EAAA is the first air ambulance service in the country to fly to unknown and unlit sites in the hours of darkness. Anglia Two begins flying 07:00 until 23:59 every day of the year.
September 2012 - EC135 T2
EC135 T2, a fully night-capable helicopter is delivered to Cambridge to become the new Anglia Two.
March 2011 - Bond Air Services
We moved from Sterling Aviation to Bond Air Services to start flying the Eurocopter EC135.
December 2010 - Flying doctors
Paid doctors seconded from the NHS began to crew the helicopters, rather than using volunteers. This guaranteed the best possible clinical service 365 days a year.
August 2010 - 10 years of saving lives
We celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary with increased fundraising activities, a gala ball, and a cookbook supported by top chefs and celebrities in our region.
July 2009 - Critical Care Paramedics
A dedicated team of critical-care paramedics were appointed to work solely on the aircraft.
October 2007 - Cambridge Airport (Marshalls)
Marshalls Airport in Cambridge offers us a permanent overnight base for Anglia Two. We ended the year operating both Anglia One and Two seven days a week.
April 2007 - Bedfordshire
An appeal is launched to extend the service to Bedfordshire. The service became operational just four months later with a second BK117 in place covering Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire five days a week with the call sign ‘Anglia Two’.
November 2006 - Bolkow BK117
The Bolkow BK117 is ordered from Germany and we end the year with the service becoming ever more busy with missions up by 20% on the previous year.
March 2003 - Anglia Lift Off
Due to the increase in our supporters we released our quarterly newsletter Anglia Lift Off.
July 2001 - Seven days
East Anglian Air Ambulance was operational seven days a week!
March 2001 - Five days
The air ambulance increased to flying five days a week.
January 2001 - The first Anglia One
Enough money had been raised to commission a Bolkow BK105 from Sterling Aviation to fly one day a week from Norwich Airport with the call sign ‘Anglia One’.
August 2000 - Launch
Appeal launched by Andrew Egerton-Smith MBE with the help of Italian horse racing jockey Frankie Dettori MBE.