East Anglian Air Ambulance receives cheque from Norwich’s Northern Distributor Road team

The first £500 being handed over at the EAAA's base at Norwich Airport.

The first £500 being handed over at the EAAA's base at Norwich Airport. - Credit: Norfolk County Council

The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has received a cheque for £500 from the Norwich Northern Distributor Road's team, thanks to its support during construction of the new road.

The funds received by the EAAA from the road's team of Balfour Beatty, Norfolk County Council and Mott MacDonald staff, was raised through an observation card scheme.

The scheme encourages anyone working on, or visiting, the 20km-long Norwich Northern Distributor Road worksite, to note and report anything which needs drawing to the attention of project managers.

Main contractors Balfour Beatty contributed £1 for every report card submitted.

Chris Sedman, project director for Balfour Beatty, said: 'We've assembled a strong team focused on building the NDR, and we want to use that energetic team spirit in other ways.

'We have all – Balfour Beatty, County Council and Mott MacDonald – agreed that a terrific way of doing this would be by supporting the East Anglian Air Ambulance.'

Ian Taylor, project manager for Norfolk County Council, said: 'EAAA is a great charity to support, and I think there's a little healthy competitiveness creeping in within the NDR team.

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'On the county council side we've stolen a march by persuading one of our team to run the Coastal Half Marathon for the EAAA.

'The air ambulance often responds to road crashes, and although we are building a new road, one of the purposes of the NDR is to provide a safe alternative to unsuitable and congested roads, including some notorious rat-runs and junctions.'

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