Air ambulance receives £1.5million boost
2 July 2019, 12:45 | Updated: 2 July 2019, 12:53
It comes as part of last year's Chancellor's Budget Statement.
In his Budget Statement last Autumn Phillip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced that the Government would be making £10 million available to support the funding of capital projects for the 18 air ambulance charities in England.
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) applied for £1.5 million, and following an announcement on Friday 28th June will receive the full amount.
EHAAT will use this one-off grant from the Government to help pay for the Charity's planned new Airbase at North Weald. The total cost of the new Airbase will be in the region of £4 million.
In addition, it now costs in excess of £750,000 a month for EHAAT to remain operational and cover all charitable costs, so we will continue to depend on the generosity and goodwill of the people and businesses of Essex and Hertfordshire to keep us flying and saving lives.
Within his statement last year the Chancellor said: "Across the length and breadth of England, our air ambulance services work tirelessly 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to get those with life-threatening illnesses and injuries to the expert medical care they need. They do a fantastic job and today I am making £10 million of funding to help them go on doing so."
A planning application for EHAAT's new Airbase at North Weald was submitted to Epping Forest District Council last December and a decision is expected shortly.
Jane Gurney, Chief Executive Officer of EHAAT said: "We are delighted to receive this contribution from Government. It will mean that some of the funds initially put aside for our new premises at North Weald can now be used to help develop and improve the life-saving service we provide for patients. We value the support of the communities we serve and are thankful for their continued support."