Grants from trusts and foundations contribute towards the running of our life-saving service, allowing us to purchase specialist medical equipment.
The equipment helps our clinicians bring the expertise of the accident and emergency department directly to the patient. This enables us to administer rapid treatment, which can make a vital difference to survival and recovery.
Where patients are transferred on to hospital, treatment has already begun, buying life-saving time. Grants from trusts and foundations also contribute towards visionary projects to develop and improve the service offered to our patients.
East Anglian Air Ambulance would like to thank all Charitable Trusts who have supported our work over the past year, helping us to grow in ways that otherwise would not have been possible:
Here are just some examples of the ways grants have assisted East Anglian Air Ambulance recently:
Rapid Response Vehicles
EAAA has recently launched its new rapid response vehicles, thanks largely to charitable trusts. The charity carried out a thorough assessment process on a variety of different vehicles, but found the Land Rover Discovery Sport, 180 horse-power, diesel car to be the best fit for the very specialised job it has to do.
Two vehicles were purchased, one for each of the charity’s bases in Norwich and Cambridge. The funds for the Cambridge vehicle were provided by The ALBORADA Trust, who were also present at the launch of the vehicles, as pictured. Further funds for the provision of the RRVs were kindly donated by The Simon Gibson Charitable Trust, and other generous funders.
First Aid Training
George Bairstow died aged 26 in a car accident in 2013 returning home from a volunteer duty with St John Ambulance on Bonfire Night. George was committed to helping others and the George Bairstow Charitable Trust, established in his memory, has partnered with EAAA to fund the training of staff and volunteers in first aid to continue his legacy and provide benefit to the community.
In addition, grants from parish councils have funded CPR training workshops to Key Stage 2 children across East Anglia with sessions run by paramedics in schools to teach this vital life-saving skill. EAAA is now reviewing the provision of first aid training across the region.
As a charity heavily reliant on voluntary donations, East Anglian Air Ambulance regularly attends community events to raise awareness and funds. In cases of emergency there is often a natural public perception that EAAA representatives will be able to deliver first aid. Our representatives are typically fundraisers or volunteers, rather than medical professionals.
East Anglian Air Ambulance branding inspires confidence and staff and volunteers alike need to be able to act if required. Recently a young fundraiser with some knowledge of first aid was able to intervene when a member of the public collapsed, successfully administering CPR which demonstrated the need for widespread training.
Personal Protective Equipment
Heveningham Hall Country Fair Trust raises vital funds for local causes each year and has recently awarded a grant to EAAA to purchase some new helmets.
Some of the patients we treat take prescription medication to manage existing medical conditions. An example of this medication is Warfarin, a common blood thinner used to prevent blood clots in patients at risk of heart attacks or strokes.
This can present a serious problem when the patient is involved in an medical emergency because the longer it takes the blood to clot in a head-injury patient, the greater the risk of mortality.
EAAA is now utilising Beriplex, which can reverse the effects of Warfarin and stabilise what might otherwise be uncontrollable bleeding. The effects of Warfarin take a long time to wear off naturally and the Hodge Foundation has partnered with EAAA to provide Beriplex to speed this process up and help patients to be ready for surgery on arrival at hospital, minimising delays to treatment and increasing their chances of survival.
Our vision for the year ahead...
Subject to funding EAAA would like to:
- Develop its operational facilities through the creation of a new base in Norwich;
- Expand its patient liaison team to improve the aftercare offered to families;
- Provide first aid training in the community;
- Purchase life-saving medical equipment to help our crew bring the expertise of the accident and emergency department to the patient at scene;
- Continually review ways of enhancing the service we provide to our patients.
How can we get involved?
If you represent or sit on the board of a grant-making organisation – large or small – and would like to discuss partnering with East Anglian Air Ambulance in a life-changing project or by making a contribution towards a vital piece of equipment, please contact:
Hannah Roots, Development Manager
t/ 01473 209 336
p/ EAAA, 9 Alpha Business Park, White House Road, Ipswich IP1 5LT.