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Essex: Air Ambulance Benefits From Grant
An air ambulance service which covers Essex is to receive thousands of pounds from The Freemasons' Grand Charity.
Across the country, nineteen air ambulance services are to benefit from a donation of £180,000. Grants range from £4,000 to £20,000 with a further £12,000 yet to be allocated.
Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance has secured £8,000 and neighbouring East Anglian Air Ambulance has been awarded £16,000.
Since the Freemasons became a regular support of air ambulance charities in 2007, they have donated £1.3 million to the 22 air ambulance which cover England and Wales.
Laura Chapman, chief executive of The Freemasons' Grand Charity, said: "We are delighted to be able to show our support for air ambulance charities once again with a donation of £192,000.
"Supporting these rescue services remains popular within Freemasonry because of the important work they carry out in communities across the country. We hope that the £1.3 million that has been donated since 2007 has made a valuable contribution and helped to save lives."
Two fairground workers have pleaded not guilty to charges they face over the death of a school girl on a bouncy castle in Essex.
An aircraft hangar has been damaged in a blaze at Southend Airport.
Residents and businesses are being encouraged to tell Essex County Council whether they can access superfast broadband.
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