Time flies by for Herts Air Ambulance

THE life-saving Herts Air Ambulance has been gracing the skies of Comet country for two years this Friday, and preparations to celebrate its anniversary are underway.

The helicopter has recently passed the 500 mission mark, with crews attending 562 incidents to date. On average this equals more than five missions a week, at a cost of around �30,000.

Next Friday there will be a sponsored event at the ambulance’s base in North Weald to commemorate the milestone, where the achievements of fundraisers, supporters, volunteers and crew will all be celebrated.

“We are so grateful to everyone in Herts for their continued support over the last two years,” said Nikki Caborn, Herts co-ordinator of the air ambulance trust.

“The charity is going from strength to strength, and last year’s first birthday celebrations were a huge hit, so we have decided to throw the same party again.”

The air ambulance was launched in 2008 from Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage, after 18 months of fundraising to start the charity up.

It relies solely on donations from the public and businesses to stay in operation, and since its launch, it has raised more than �1 million.

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“I am supporting, and continue to support the Herts Air Ambulance simply because it’s a necessary service for our county,” said Matt Purser from Edgeward web company, who are sponsoring the event.

“The charity works tirelessly to keep the helicopter flying and saving lives where it matters. I’m more than happy to support such a worthy cause.”