Norfolk Police pledge their support to air ambulance charity

Norfolk police celebrate their support of the air ambulance. From left: Dr Antonio Bellini, Insp Dar

Norfolk police celebrate their support of the air ambulance. From left: Dr Antonio Bellini, Insp Darren Elliott, Patrick Peal, PC Shaun Newby and Carl Smith. Photo: Bill Smith

A lifesaving charity has received support from another front-line emergency service with a pledge to brand every police car in Norfolk with the logo of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Officials from the air ambulance spoke of their delight after Norfolk Police chiefs agreed to its fleet of cars sporting a 'proud to support the East Anglian Air Ambulance' red badge.

The initiative aims to raise awareness of the air ambulance charity, which has been coming to the aid of seriously ill and injured patients in the East of England for the last 14 years.

Every police car will be getting the supporter's logo this month to highlight the partnership between Norfolk Police and the charity.

Sophie Emmanuel, the air ambulance's deputy fundraising coordinator for Norfolk, said: 'Everyone at the EAAA would like to say a massive thank you to all at Norfolk Police for their help and cooperation with our 'Proud to Support' initiative. Special thanks go to Superintendent James Smerdon (Retired) and Assistant Chief Constable Nick Dean who made it possible. We often work side by side with local police forces and this is a fantastic way we can join together to raise awareness.'

The partnership was celebrated with members of the police visiting the Norwich base of Anglia One on Tuesday with two vehicles, including the Lotus Evora S.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: 'Our teams work closely with the air ambulance along with paramedics on the ground and see first-hand the work they do to save lives and get casualties to hospital as quickly as possible. This truly is a life-saving service and one which we are proud to support.'

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The air ambulance charity operates two helicopters, in Norwich and Cambridge, which work 365 days a year across the region. The organisation needs to raise £6m a year from public donations and fundraising.

Patrick Peal, interim chief executive, added: 'We are extremely grateful for this massive demonstration of support for the lifesaving work of this charity. Norfolk is the birthplace of the EAAA and we have always enjoyed a very close working relationship with the Norfolk Police.'

For more information on the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, visit www.eaaa.org.uk or call 08450 669 999.

Are you raising money for the air ambulance charity? Email adam.gretton@archant.co.uk

• The EDP and Norwich Evening News launched an appeal in 2012 to help the air ambulance save more lives by raising more money for vital new equipment.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance Lifesaver Appeal is aimed at helping the charity raise funds for things such as blood analysers that cost £5,000 each, an ultrasound machine, costing £20,000, and two baby ventilators, which will cost approximately £10,000 for both. Cheques, made payable to East Anglian Air Ambulance, should be sent to Eastern Daily Press appeal, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Hangar E, Gambling Close, Norwich Airport, Norwich NR6 6EG.

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