Issue 30 Spring 2013 GET IN GEAR Could you take part in one of our fantastic cycling challenges?
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Airlifted James’s recovery story tours science festivals.
Olympics doctor and NATO advisor are on board.
hospital helipad opens We need you today YOU MAY NEED US TOMORROW
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welcome Service strengthened… Welcome to our new-look ‘Anglia Lift Off’, in which you’ll find our latest news about EAAA’s life-saving work, details of how to support the Charity and some exciting new features too. If you enjoy the magazine please let us know – but, better still, pass your copy on to a friend who might perhaps become a supporter of our work as well. Much has happened since our last issue at the end of 2012. Although they are covered in more detail elsewhere in the magazine, I’d like to highlight a couple of really notable achievements for the Charity. One significant development was the opening of a helicopter landing site at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. This is something we have worked hard to achieve: raising funds and campaigning hard for the Hospital to take action to secure a site for a landing pad. I am delighted to see the project come to fruition at last. Importantly, our patients will benefit from the shorter time that it will take for them to be moved from the landing site to the Emergency Department. Two senior doctors have recently joined the Charity’s staff. Full details about Dr David Zideman and Professor Tim Hodgetts are on Page 11. Their considerable knowledge and experience in pre-hospital emergency medicine will help our clinical teams to keep our organisation at the very highest level of enhanced emergency care provision.
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Finally, as regular readers of this introduction may not be surprised to see, I’d like to finish by asking for your help once again please. My previous appeals have always been met with a number of offers of help – for which I am extremely grateful. As ‘Anglia Lift Off’ undergoes a redesign I am keen to set up an editorial panel to involve supporters with relevant experience. If you work in, or have recently retired from, a related industry such as journalism or magazine publishing and would like to help shape future editions please contact us. We anticipate that this would involve attending no more than two meetings a year and otherwise keeping in touch with the rest of the panel by email and phone conference. Please email email@example.com if you feel you can help. Thank you for taking the time to read this issue and for supporting us in our critically-important work. Tim Page Chief Executive
Contents Helipad opens 4 Scientist tells of recovery 5 Diary dates
Foodie fresh ideas
The gift of time
Olympic doctor joins
King’s College celebrates
Marathon team prepares
Dragon boat fun
Leaving a legacy
Contact Us Your regional fundraiser: North Cambridgeshire/West Norfolk – Chris Donaldson 14 Culley Court, Bakewell Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE2 6WA. 01733 367208 email: firstname.lastname@example.org South Cambridgeshire/West Suffolk – Barbara McGee Melbourn Science Park, Cambridge Road, Melbourn, SG8 6EE. 01763 262697 email: email@example.com Suffolk – Pip Duffy Whitehouse Distribution Centre, Whitehouse Road, Ipswich IP1 5NX 01473 745007 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Norfolk – Jess Down Hangar E, Gambling Close, Norwich Airport, Norwich NR5 6EG 01603 489406 email: email@example.com Bedfordshire – Paul Airton The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire MK45 1AH 01525 718517 email: firstname.lastname@example.org General enquiries: 0845 066 9999 Website: www.eaaa.org.uk Email: email@example.com Lottery hotline: 0845 130 7676 Charity number:
Editor: Clare Phillips firstname.lastname@example.org Design: www.barberjackson.com Cover picture: Addenbrooke’s helipad (see page 4)
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News Addenbrooke’s helipad opens Patients being taken by helicopter to Addenbrooke’s Hospital will now reach the Emergency Department more quickly following the opening of a helipad at the site. The temporary structure has been built on land south of Robinson Way, using money raised by the annual Chariots of Fire race in the City in 2006. Until the landing site opened, the air ambulance had to land at the Gog Magog Golf Course around two miles away. The new facility means vital minutes will be saved in taking patients from the helicopter to the trauma centre. The Clinical Director of the East of England Trauma Network Dr Simon Lewis expressed thanks to all the organisations that had raised the money for the landing site. It’s hoped it will also be able to operate at night, subject to planning permission. Meanwhile, we have expressed our grateful thanks to the staff and members of the golf club at Gog Magog for their help over the years. A special picture of the aircraft was presented to the Club Chairman Norman Benton and Secretary Manager Kevin Malder by EAAA Chief Executive Tim Page (pictured above) as a mark of appreciation.
Keep up with us
Did you know that you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter and keep up to date with all our news on a day to day basis? Find us on Facebook as East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity and on Twitter as EastAngliAirAmb. We’ve also recently launched Facebook pages for each of the four counties we cover and you’ll find links to these from the Charity’s page. Here’s what people have been talking about recently:
Lucy Jeal Well I needed these guys a month ago and live to tell the tale (well, what I can remember!) So to say thank you, I will be jumping out of an aeroplane in the new year to raise as much money as I can. Watch this space.
@Stewartcott Brilliant landing by @EastAngliAirAmb pilot in such a tight area. Good work Captain Neil Waller. Hope the patient recovers.
Tammy Harding I would like to thank you and say what a wonderful job you all do to help people in need. My daughter visited with the beaver group and was amazed at the air ambulance and how you save people.
Bishop blesses aircraft
We were delighted to welcome the Bishop of Norwich, The Right Reverend Graham James, to our hangar at Norwich Airport recently to conduct a blessing ceremony for Anglia One. During the ceremony, Bishop Graham said he hoped the air ambulance service will always bring hope to those in crisis, will be a healing to the injured, and a lifeline to those whose lives are in danger. Andrew Egerton-Smith, Chairman of the EAAA Trustees, said: “The Bishop’s blessing was for all involved in making our Charity so successful - for the generosity of fundraisers, donors, supporters and friends; for the gifts of paramedics and doctors, for the skills of pilots, engineers and air traffic controllers, and for the dedication and commitment of all supporting staff.” 4 Lift off
Join our sponsored bike ride next May Bank Holiday in aid of Shine, Gorleston and @EastAngliAirAmb sponsor forms at the bar now.
Suffolk Life Everyone in the office is feeling in the festive mood.. today we’ve got casual day, a bake sale and a raffle to raise money for East Anglian Air Ambulance.
@Fun_Dancing What a fab end to FunDancing 2012 - we raised £234.66 for East Anglian Air Ambulance - well done to all who took part.
What’s going on in his head? When scientist James Piercy was lying in a hospital bed just a few weeks after a road accident that had left him with a serious, traumatic brain injury he asked his doctors lots of questions. “What are you looking for when taking my blood pressure? Can I see a graph?” Some of the clinicians thought, because of the injury, he didn’t really know what he was asking – but for James it was the start of a determined journey not just to get better but to get back to his work as a communicator with Science Made Simple and help more people understand how the brain works and how it recovers from injury. Now, two years after the road accident from which James was airlifted by the East Anglian Air Ambulance, he is undertaking a lecture tour at science festivals and hospitals, entitled ‘What’s going on in his head?’, in which he talks about his experience – and also raises money for the Charity.
remember they are people not just clinicians.” At each talk and through other events, James has been fundraising for the EAAA. He explained: “I want to raise £2,270, which is the cost of airlifting someone. Before this happened I had seen the helicopter flying over Norwich but I hadn’t realised that it was funded by charity.”
The devastating accident happened in January 2011 on the A47 near Dereham. The family car blew a tyre and left the road. James’s wife Kate was killed instantly and their three children were all taken to hospital. James was unconscious but has subsequently tracked down those who helped him at the scene. He said: “A police officer was there very James recently visited our quickly and he kept my airways open. The air ambulance Norwich Airport base crew carried out emergency procedures and the doctor anaesthetised me and put in a chest drain, before they flew me to Addenbrooke’s which is a world-class hospital for head injuries.” Devising the presentation has helped James come to terms with his disability James spent almost two months in hospital, transferring to the Norfolk and the aftermath of the tragedy and, and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) and the Colman Hospital gradually, he and his family are rebuilding in Norwich after leaving Addenbrooke’s. As he started to recover he their lives. A local school has a memorial devised his lecture to give people an insight into what such a head injury to Kate and James is full of praise for all can mean, when outwardly people may look well. He gave his who supported him in the first talk at a science event just seven months after the accident most difficult times. and subsequently was funded by the Wellcome Trust to develop the presentation for a wider audience. He said: “People were so kind, someone might turn up having The first lecture in the series was given at the NNUH and Emma baked a tray of cakes for us, Jarvis, the Hospital Arts Project Co-ordinator, said: “James has another would offer to do our created an astounding and inspirational journey giving a great laundry. My children have insight into life during and after being totally encompassed by been a tower of strength to me the hands of those who work within our Health Service.” throughout and as a family we are looking to the future and learning to smile again.” James added: “It’s been important to me to personally thank those involved in my treatment at the scene of the crash and subsequently, including Jemma and Ben who were on the air Read James’s blog at http:// ambulance that day. They do a vitally important job, but we must whatsgoingoninhishead.wordpress.com
“It’s been important to me to personally thank those involved in my treatment at the scene of the crash”
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The events featured here are all raising money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. You’ll find details of more activities – including the major events in the region that our fundraising and promotional teams will be attending – on our website. If you’d like us to help publicise your fundraising activity by putting it on our website please contact your local EAAA office, whose details can be found on page 3.
Saturday 6th April
EAAA Karting Grand Prix, Beccles
Enjoy the thrills of go-kart racing and help raise funds for the air ambulance at the same time. Ellough Park Raceway near Beccles is the venue Come and join ou for this exciting team event, which r ka rting fun offers a chance to complete as many laps as possible during a one-hour endurance race. Teams of between three and five drivers (who must all be over the age of 16) are invited to take part. The cost to enter a team is £80 which covers the hire of the kart plus all the race equipment and we’d also like teams to raise a suggested minimum sponsorship total of £100 which will go directly to the Charity. Event sponsorship opportunities and stalls are also available. Whether you’re looking for a team building exercise for work-mates or a great day out with friends, the EAAA Karting Grand Prix will really put the FUN into fundraising. For more details please contact Olly Larkin on 01603 489406.
Masquerade Ball, Luton
The Luton-based cabin crew from Thomson Airways are holding a fundraising ball in memory of a colleague, Sandy Crawford. It’s part of a year of charity events in Sandy’s memory and so far more than £4,000 has been raised. The masquerade ball takes place at The Riverside Suite, The Brache, Luton, with tickets costing £40 each including a three course meal. To book tickets please contact our Bedfordshire fundraising team (see page 3).
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Friday 12th April
Charity Dinner, near Cromer Northrepps Cottage Country Hotel is the venue for what promises to be a great night out with dinner and entertainment at just £22.50 per person. The evening is being organised by two of our wonderful supporters in this part of the world, John and Val Laker, with all proceeds donated to EAAA. Their events are always popular and we advise you to book early for this one to avoid disappointment. Music on the night comes from The Castaways who have also supported the Charity for some time. There will be a prize raffle too. To reserve your place please contact John or Val on 01263 514509.
Saturday 20th April
FUMCC Bike Show, Suffolk
The Bell Inn at Kesgrave, near Ipswich, is the venue for this popular bike show, with the club kindly supporting EAAA as one of the charities of the show. Gates open at 10am with events taking place until late into the evening.
Charity Golf Day, near Peterborough Once again the Peterborough Minster Rotary Club is generously supporting EAAA with its charity golf day at Elton Furze Golf Club. The event involves a Four Ball Texas Scramble as well as an evening meal, and last year raised a fantastic £5,000. The day is organised by Cherie Cawood – whose family has first-hand experience of the air ambulance service after her daughter was airlifted last year following a riding accident. For more information about the day, or to enter a team, please contact Cherie on 01780 782147.
Wednesday 22nd May
Clay shoot, Bedfordshire Sporting Targets at Riseley hosts an afternoon of clay shooting with bacon rolls on arrival and tea and coffee at the end of the afternoon in the shooting lodge. The price of £65 is fully inclusive of clays, cartridges, instruction and refreshments and includes a £15 donation to EAAA. Contact Hannah Bennett on 07786 270344 for further information and bookings.
Sunday 9th June
Rotary Club High Tea, Bedfordshire The Rotary Club of Bedford Castle is organising a High Tea at Milford House in Oakley from 4pm to 6.30pm. Enjoy Pimms or Champagne while listening to a jazz group and chamber music or take a stroll around the enchanting walled garden. To book tickets at £25 each please email Sue Brown at email@example.com.
Thursday 6th June
Southill House and Gardens Tour, Bedfordshire A rare chance to undertake a guided tour of this prestigious Bedfordshire country house. We are extremely grateful to Charles Whitbread who offers a very limited number of tours of this magnificent property each year and has kindly allowed one of them to raise funds for East Anglian Air Ambulance. The property has been home to the Whitbread family since 1795 and has beautiful wooded grounds and some historic paintings. Bedfordshire Fundraising Manager for EAAA Paul Airton said: “Many people will have seen this wonderful building from the outside but this is an opportunity for a lucky few to see inside as well. I am very grateful to Mr Whitbread and his family for hosting the tour and for their generous ongoing support of the Charity.” Places on the tour are limited to 50 people at a price of £10, which includes refreshments. To book a place, please contact our Flitwick fundraising office (see page 3). ns
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Wednesday 19th June
Royston and District Motorcycle Show
This popular bikers’ event continues to generously support EAAA. This year’s annual show takes place at Meldreth Manor School from 6.30pm. Admission is £5 with under-14s free. For more information visit www.roystonmotorcycleclub.co.uk.
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Recipe: Radish Coleslaw
Crisp, crunchy and distinctively peppery the humble radish is a deliciously versatile vegetable to add to a snack, sandwich, stir-fry and dozens of other recipes.
Serve this as part of a salad, with cold meat in a sandwich, or as a healthy jacket potato filling.
Radishes are very fast growing and if you like to buy seasonal home-grown vegetables then, as the first of the UK-grown outdoor salad crops to appear, you’ll find them in the shops from April right through until October.
Ingredients: 20 radishes 1 large carrot 6 shallots 4 sticks of celery 2 tsp white wine vinegar 100 ml mayonnaise 3 tbsp natural yoghurt
Long-term EAAA supporter G’s, based in the Cambridgeshire Fens, is a major grower of radishes, as well as many other salad and vegetable crops. There is even a radish factory at the company’s farm near Ely. Every year G’s supports the Charity with an Open Farm Sunday event – which is well worth a visit. This year it takes place on Sunday 9th June at Hainey Farm in Barway. West Norfolk has a perfect climate for growing radishes with low rainfall and good fertile soil and G’s has been growing the vegetable at Feltwell, in the heart of our region, for more than 25 years. Farmer Scott Watson manages one of the biggest areas dedicated to growing radishes in the UK. 40 million packs of radishes – or 8,000 tonnes – in all different colours and hues are grown there every year.
Norfolk radish grower Scott Watson
Varieties of radish have names such as Red Globe, Purple, French Breakfast and even Easter Egg.
Radishes make great lunchbox fillers or snacks – and because they are crunchy they encourage you to chew your food, ensuring you stay fuller for longer.
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Radish varieties will vary in the amount of heat – but it also depends on the weather. In warm, sunny conditions the flavour will be stronger, but if it’s cold and wet they won’t taste so peppery.
Radishes have been grown for thousands of years originating in China, Ancient Egypt and Greece but were first brought to the UK in the 16th Century.
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Method Coarsely grate the radishes and carrot, then finely slice the shallots and celery. Mix together the white wine vinegar, mayonnaise and yoghurt and season. Then add to the vegetables and combine well until everything is coated. If making this in advance, make sure you give it a good stir again before serving.
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In Oaxaca in Mexico, December 23rd is known as “The Night of the Radishes” (Noche de Rabanos). The festival features depictions of all kinds of subjects, including nativity scenes - all carved from radishes.
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Make a difference Could you spare some time to help our Charity? We are always looking for volunteers to help us in many different areas. As well as direct fundraising activities we sometimes require people with specialist skills – for example a volunteer ‘handyman’ to help with routine maintenance tasks as and when needed would be invaluable. We also often require administrative help in our offices – this might be of interest to someone looking to brush up their skills to return to work or could count as work experience for a student looking to start a career.
Researchers at the University of Lampeter have found that volunteering reduces the incidence of depression, stress and hospitalisation. It can
impact on an individual’s longevity, quality of life, family relationships and self-esteem. Although many already believed this to be the case – this study backed up the anecdotal evidence that had linked volunteering and good health.
Kay Marter (41) is one of our volunteers in Bedfordshire. As a former nurse and the partner of a consultant at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital she became interested in the work of the EAAA when looking to get involved with a charity.
Volunteering is good for your health!
Volunteer Kay Marter with two of her children
How did you start volunteering with us? I had done some fundraising when I chaired the PTA at my children’s school and when talking to an EAAA staff member at a social occasion I mentioned that I would like to do some more charity work.
What is your role within the Charity? I’m co-ordinating the help existing volunteers give and recruiting new people too. I have been working with a number of organisations including the Bedford Volunteer Centre and the University of Bedfordshire and it’s been great to sign up a number of ‘youth’ volunteers. I’ve also been helping out at the Ampthill charity shop, where we have recently been supported by students taking part in National Citizen Service (pictured below).
If you would like to find out more about volunteering with the East Anglian Air Ambulance we frequently hold volunteer information events in all areas of our region. You will find details of these on our website www.eaaa.org.uk but a couple will be taking place in Norfolk soon. On Saturday 30th March our team will be at The Forum in Norwich and would be delighted to meet prospective volunteers. We will also be recruiting help at a coffee morning organised by long-standing volunteers Norman and Helen Illsley at Wymondham Methodist Church on Friday 5th April. Alternatively, please contact your local fundraising office – the details are on page 3, or our charity shop at 2 Orwell Place, Ipswich.
My fundraising experience has seen me organise a 50th anniversary ball for 250 people as well as smaller events such as quizzes and fetes and I am now organising a ‘Strictly Ballroom’ fundraising event on 29th June at the Rufus Centre in Flitwick involving semi-professional dancers. Contact us on 01525 718517 for more information.
Why should people volunteer? You only have to see how many times the air ambulance is called out to realise what a worthwhile organisation you’re helping. For youngsters, in particular, volunteering can lead to so many other things as it helps with their Duke of Edinburgh Award and university applications. Plus it’s good on the CV.
The Bullock Fair Charity sho p at Harleston
Photo © Jeff Norman
What skills did you bring to the EAAA?
Although not one of our own charity shops, the Bullock Fair Charity Shop at Harleston in South Norfolk has been a fantastic supporter of EAAA and their success is in no small way due to their wonderful volunteers as well as their hardworking staff. They’ve recently celebrated raising £500,000 for EAAA – a truly magnificent amount and our thanks go to all who have made that possible. 10 Lift off
excellence In future issues of ‘Anglia Lift Off’ we’ll have detailed updates about aspects of our critical care work - and be explaining some of the skilled procedures that our clinicians are able to carry out, showing why the air ambulance can make a difference at incidents with support from colleagues from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust and other emergency services. To ensure that our medical crews are given the best possible guidance in pre-hospital emergency medicine the Charity has recently made two key senior appointments.
Director of Clinical Operations Dr David Zideman has joined the East Anglian Air Ambulance in the new role of Director of Clinical Operations. He is no stranger to our work as he has already been flying missions with our aircraft from time to time. In the months before joining us Dr Zideman, a consultant anaesthetist at the Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust since 1980, was appointed to the demanding and exciting role of Clinical Lead, Emergency Medical Services for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. EAAA Chairman Andrew Egerton Smith said, “Having achieved enormous success at the Olympics we are delighted that David has chosen to join us. His experience and expertise will bring significant benefits as we embark on our ambitious plans for the future. On behalf of the Board I welcome him most warmly and look forward to working with him to make our air ambulance charity the best in the country. ” Dr Zideman commented:
“As a doctor already flying with the EAAA I am very impressed with the professional approach and clinical excellence that I see here.”
Director of clinical Quality and Development Professor Timothy Hodgetts, a serving Colonel in the British Army, has joined EAAA as our Director of Clinical Quality and Development. Professor Hodgetts’ appointment will significantly increase the medical scope and capability of the Charity, adding considerably to our existing professional clinical expertise. Professor Hodgetts has a distinguished career and is very well known for both his research work and his work in developing clinical advances in pre-hospital and emergency care. He has been a leader for over a decade in developing the clinical advances in pre-hospital and emergency care in the Armed Services that have led to exceptional outcomes. He was awarded the CBE in 2009 for his contribution to combat casualty care development and was awarded the Danish Defence Medal in 2010 for clinical leadership of a multinational field hospital in Afghanistan. His academic department was twice recognised nationally as the “Training Team of the Year” and in 2006 he was honoured with the personal national accolade of Hospital Doctor of the Year. Charity Chief Executive Tim Page said: “We are very proud that Professor Hodgetts has agreed to join us. His skills and expertise will enhance our ability to embrace innovation, and develop as a world-leader in the field of pre-hospital emergency medicine. We have a tremendously exciting time ahead of us, and it is our local supporters and donors who will be the first to benefit from this work.” Professor Hodgetts added:
Dr Zideman has a distinguished career in resuscitation medicine and prior to the Olympics he was recognised for his services to the Royal Family, as a Queen’s Honorary Physician, by being awarded as Lieutenant in the Royal Victorian Order (LVO).
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to further develop the advances we have made in the areas of combat to improve the care and treatment that we are able to offer to local people who experience a medical emergency.”
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Fundraising events help us to keep the two air ambulance helicopters serving the people of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk seven days a week. Could you do something to help us? If you’d like to do something active such as jump out of plane, run a marathon or cycle to Land’s End then take a look at our ‘Extreme Fundraisers’ on pages 20 and 21. But if you prefer to channel your fundraising energy in a different way then why not take some inspiration from the activities on these pages. If you have a fundraising idea then your local EAAA office would be delighted to hear about it – and the Area Fundraising Manager will give you any support required. Contact details are on page 3.
Christmas at King’s A stunning evening celebrating Christmas at King’s College, Cambridge has raised more than £17,000.
The gala event, which attracted 250 supporters, began with a sparkling wine reception before guests sat down to a delicious three course meal, prepared by highly skilled chefs, in the beautiful and historic surroundings of the Great Hall. Christmas at King ’s College, Diners were entertained by the Eyehall Musick Cambridge choir who sang carols from the balcony followed by critically acclaimed opera singer Olivia Ray who performed from her growing repertoire. After dinner, speaker Tudor Brown, former president of ARM Holdings, delighted attendees with tales over coffee. During the evening, The Antiques Roadshow’s John Foster hosted an auction of unique and coveted lots which included a 45 minute helicopter flight over Cambridge, a week at an eccentric house in Spain, a holiday to Cyprus and a polo lesson with a professional instructor at Suffolk’s acclaimed Carlton House. Other lots included 12 silk ties, a sterling silver hand crafted necklace and bespoke silver cufflinks hand cut to the winning bidders own design. Tim Page, Chief Executive of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, said: “This event has raised an incredible amount for the Charity and further funds still need to be counted. I’d like to thank all those who attended and donated throughout the evening to help us achieve such a total. “I’d also like to thank all those who made the evening happen. Many people donated their time as volunteers and without them we wouldn’t have been able to put the event on, let alone raise such a great sum of money for the air ambulance. Special thanks go to the Eyehall Musick choir, who sounded so beautiful on the evening, for donating their time and also to Tudor Brown and John Foster who entertained us all and also gave their time for the benefit of the Charity. Finally, a thank you to all those who donated prizes for our auction. Without the fantastic lots we had to offer we really wouldn’t have raised so much and for that we’re extremely grateful.”
The East Anglian Working Newfoundland Dog team
More festive fundraising
Christmas is a time for giving and our supporters have certainly embraced that with a host of fundraising activities to complement the festivities.
Shoppers who bought their Christmas tree at Elveden Estates were invited to donate to EAAA and have their tree pulled to their car by a canine member of the East Anglian Working Newfoundland Dog team (pictured). Over three weekends the group raised over £2,250. Meanwhile Christmas shoppers in Marks and Spencer at Cambridge donated more than £2,600 as EAAA volunteers helped pack their shopping. Christmas light displays in Cambridgeshire helped raise more than £1,000 thanks to the Tillyard family in Willingham and the Houghtons in Isleham, part of whose display is pictured here. Carol concerts by the Lakenheath Silver Band and Histon Salvation Army raised more than £700 while performances by three bands in Ipswich brought in nearly £3,000. Members of Ipswich Hospital Band, St Peter’s Band and the Training Band played carols at venues around Ipswich and Woodbridge A number of Christmas tree festivals also kindly supported us last year including the Sudbury Rotary Club’s event and another in Fakenham which was attended on the Charity’s behalf by our Fakenham Fundraisers.
Meanwhile, earlier in the year, the High Sheriff of Suffolk, Andrew Norman-Butler hosted a wonderful luncheon at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook near Ipswich. As well as the delicious food, guests were entertained with opera and an auction and generously raised £13,500.
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So many people across our region support this Charity by raising money that it’s just not possible to mention them all but every effort is gratefully appreciated.
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Some of the recent fundraising activities include:
Funds to the tune of…
A premiere of the James Bond film ‘Skyfall’ in Ipswich, organised by Chris Carman-Jones of Mercatus Marketing, raised £8,000;
Putting on a music event offers an opportunity to raise money and have a very enjoyable evening at the same time. We are grateful to all the musicians and venues who support us in this way allowing ticket sales and fundraising on the night to all go to the Charity. Recently The Fedz (above) raised around £1,000 with an invitational gig at Flegcroft Farm near Peterborough, which has been a long-term supporter of the Charity with similar events. And Dave and the Saddos played at Teversham Conservative Club to raise £270.
By invitation… Why not hold a lunch party or coffee morning for friends and family? It’s a lovely social occasion that will also give a boost to the Charity and can be as formal or informal as you wish. You might want to set a suggested minimum donation to attend or ask people to give as much as they wish. A fun raffle can also help boost funds or if any attendees enjoy crafts you could invite them to have a stall at the event with a percentage of their takings as a donation too. Supporter Linda Scott, who lives in Cowlinge near Newmarket, did just that and her coffee morning raised an incredible amount – more than £830. Linda said: “We had five different fundraising opportunities for the 50 or 60 people who came along. There was an admission charge for the real coffee and homemade cakes and biscuits. We held a raffle and sold tickets for the EAAA Night Flights Grand Draw. We also had some EAAA merchandise and Christmas cards to sell which brought in over £200, and finally we had a general collection for any extra donations.”
Five branches of Durrants Estate Agents in Norfolk and Suffolk held various events and donated £4,750; Premier Newspaper Group in Bedfordshire chose EAAA as the charity to benefit from its annual business awards night which raised £1,750; Mark and Maxine Riches at The King Alfred pub in Lowestoft hosted a quiz night and raffle to bring in over £200; Airlifted patient Richard Fryer and his friend Steve Breen in Cambridgeshire joined forces to raise over £3,500; Heath Hatcheries in Mildenhall carried out fundraising activities at the Isleham Winter Shoots and donated £2,325; Cambridge Silicon Radio has launched its charity of the year events by giving £11,600 to EAAA.
To donate £5 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance please text heli to 70500
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Mi ssi on Coastguard Nathan Jonas, who took this photograph, was among our emergency services colleagues assisting the crew of Anglia One on New Year’s Day. The helicopter landed on the beach after a man in his 70s had fallen and suffered a shoulder injury. After treatment by our clinicians the patient was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Mi ssi on The air ambulance crew assisted colleagues from the ambulance service at a rugby-pitch injury at a school. The 12 year old boy, who had suffered a leg injury was then taken to hospital by road.
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Captain Neil Waller lands Anglia One at a road junction
Anglia One in a co astal area in Norfolk
Mi ssi on Anglia One flew to a coastal area of Norfolk from where the crew airlifted a woman, who had suffered burns, to a specialist hospital.
Mi ssi on A man was flown to hospital in ten minutes after a fall from a boat. He was treated by the air ambulance crew for leg injuries.
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Colleagues in the ambulance service called for assistance from Anglia Two, when they were called to a man who had fallen from a height. The man had been fitting a smoke detector when he fell, suffering a head injury. He was treated by clinicians at the scene before being taken to Addenbrooke’s hospital by road.
Mi s sion A woman in her fifties was flown to hospital after an accident in a car park. The aircraft landed on the road nearby and the clinicians treated her injuries at the scene before airlifting her in a stable condition.
Mi s sion Severe weather can make it difficult for the land ambulances to reach some casualties. In this instance a woman who had suffered a back injury while sledging could only be reached by the air ambulance. She was airlifted to hospital in seven minutes.
Captain Neil Waller landed Anglia One at a road junction in Norfolk when the crew were called to attend to a motorcyclist who had come off his bike in a traffic accident. The man was flown to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for further treatment.
Throughout the Winter our crew at Cambridge Airport have maintained a night time service to allow for training and preparing Anglia Two to operate after dark. During this time the clinicians have also been on emergency call, travelling to incidents in a rapid response vehicle until our night flying began. They have played a vital role at a number of incidents including serious road accidents, medical emergencies and others. In such cases our doctors and paramedics are able to provide emergency treatment at the scene and continue this in the ambulance on the way to hospital.
Anglia One attending a sledging casualty
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The East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity is enormously appreciative of the support from our loyal lottery players. Your weekly contribution has generated millions for the charity since it started. Without your continued support, it would be very difficult for us to maintain the service we currently provide.
On November 16th Mrs Levete in Holt, Nofolk, won £1,500 and immediately wrote to thank us, explaining that she would be sharing her win with friends and good causes and sending us another donation. Mr Howes in Norwich received an early Christmas present when he won £2,500 on December 21st, while Mr E. Spencer, also in Norwich, had a great start to 2013 with a £1,000 win on January 4th and Mr Heath from Dunstable won £1,500 on January 25th. Congratulations to all our lottery winners and thanks to all who have chosen to make a donation to the charity following a win. We’d especially like to thank those who have completed a Gift Aid form when making a donation. This allows us to claim 20% tax back from the Government, if the donor is a UK tax-payer, at no extra cost to them. The form is available from our offices or website.
However, please don’t forget to let us know if you move house, we send our winning cheques through the post each week so it’s vital that we have an up to date address for our players.
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Supporting the East Anglian Air Ambulance lottery is one of the easiest and most sustainable ways to keep us flying and saving lives. There are 18 main cash prizes including a jackpot of £1,000 which is won every week. We also have an accumulator prize which rises by £500 per week. The maximum it can reach is £25,000 and we have had several of our supporters win over £10,000. Everyone who plays the lottery is automatically entered into the accumulator draw.
Once we receive your completed membership application we enter your details onto our lottery system. You’ll be sent a letter and membership card with details of your lucky number. Each Friday the winners are randomly selected from all current paying members.
There is no need make a claim as we automatically send out all the winners’ cheques by 1st class post on Friday afternoons. A list of winners can be found on our website www.eaaa.org.uk. The results are also announced on Radio Norwich 99.9FM at 9am on Saturday morning. Some local newspapers also print our lottery results.
Simply complete the application form on these pages and return it to us at the address printed on the form. All players must be over the age of 16. If you would like to pay by cheque then don’t forget to include this in with your application form. Alternatively if you don’t want to cut out the form or you know several people who might like to join, then it’s now even easier to do so. We have an ancillary remote license from the Gambling Commission which means we can sign lottery members up via our website (visit the shop section to do so) and over the phone on 01603 489400. If you are reading this edition of ‘Anglia Lift Off’ because you are already a member of our lottery then when you have finished it, why not pass it on to someone else who might like to find out more about supporting our work in this way?
How much does it cost? Each ‘chance’ in our lottery costs £1 and you can have more than one ‘chance’ each week if you wish.
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Virgin London Marathon We were fortunate enough to receive five Golden Bond places for the London Marathon this year, thanks to the event sponsor Virgin. We invited runners to apply for the places and those selected have been undertaking serious training in all weathers throughout the cold winter months, as they prepare to take on the challenge of 26.2 miles on Sunday 21st April. Our runners all have their own reasons for wanting to take part in the event and all hope to raise as much money as possible through their fundraising activities.
Our runners Airlifted patient Laura Gurney from Dunstable was unable to walk for three months after suffering a broken pelvis and other multiple injuries in a road accident, which tragically claimed the life of her sister Sonya. But 15 months after that terrible day Laura will be lacing up her trainers to take part in the London Marathon to raise money for the service that saved her life. Laura (27) has set herself a target of walking and running the 26.2 miles which she knows will be an enormous challenge. She said: “I am definitely not a runner, more of an inappropriately high heels girl, but I will be running in memory of my sister Sonya. I am looking forward to all the support from the crowd which I have heard will be incredible and spotting friends and family on the route and at the end to jolly me along. “ Family and friends of Laura and Sonya have already raised thousands of pounds for the EAAA but Laura, a special needs teacher, wanted to do something herself to give something back on an individual level after all that the EAAA did. Laura said: “I suffered a large amount of trauma and without the air ambulance crew’s efforts that day I definitely wouldn’t have survived as they spent the whole flight to Addenbrooke’s battling to keep me alive. “I can never thank the crew and EAAA enough for all that they have done for me; even taking time to visit me in hospital afterwards to see how I was.” Laura’s fundraising page can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/Laurasmarathonmission
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Prison officer Paul Harris from Spixworth in Norfolk will be fulfilling a lifelong ambition when he takes part in the Virgin London Marathon, which he hopes to complete in under four and a half hours. Like Laura, he too has a personal reason for wanting to support the EAAA. Paul, who works at HMP Bure, said: “We unfortunately lost a member of staff in an accident that was attended by the air ambulance. The EAAA rushed him to Addenbrooke’s and his family and friends were able to say their goodbyes. I organised a staff and offender half marathon in his memory last year and it seemed like a natural progression to put myself forward to assist this amazing charity.” Our other runners are Samantha Meacham-Roberts who will be running in memory of her younger brother Matthew who died in a car accident in Norfolk. The day of the marathon would have been Matthew’s 20th birthday. Joe Gowing, also from Norfolk, will be attempting his first marathon and our final Golden Bond place has gone to Harriet Smith from King’s Lynn. We wish all of them well in their final training and fundraising and of course on the day itself, and will have links to all their fundraising sites on our website.
British 10k London Run on Sunday 14th July Meanwhile, if you’d like to experience running in a great event through the Capital but feel that the marathon distance is just too far then we also have places available in the British 10k London Run on Sunday 14th July. At just over six miles, the course starts at Piccadilly and takes in some of London’s best-known landmarks with the runners finishing in Whitehall. If you would like an EAAA place in this iconic race we ask you to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship please. Contact Jess Down in our Norwich office on 01603 489406 for more information.
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fundraising If you’re looking for an active challenge then one of the activities on these pages may be for you. Whether you run, swim, cycle or row – or perhaps a combination of all of them, these events are all being held in aid of the EAAA and participants are needed for each one to help raise sponsorship for the Charity.
Sunday 26th May
Tearjerker Triathlon Calling all
cyclists This summer we are organising or benefiting from several cycling events across our region and among them we’ll have something for all ages and abilities. So whether you’re an experienced time triallist or barely out of stabilisers why not come and join us at one of these venues.
Sunday 16th June Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Ride for your lives
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Region-wide, starting King’s Lynn
Some of the Lap of An gl cyclists with Anglia On ia e
Adrian Flux Lap of Anglia
Elveden Estate, Suffolk
Billed as the ‘most demanding off-road triathlon in East Anglia’ this is a unique opportunity to race through private farmland and forest and raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance at the same time. Competitors start the event with a 750m openwater swim in one of the Estate’s reservoirs before undertaking a gruelling 25km off-road cycle on farm and forest tracks and finishing with a 5km run through the forest and heathland. There Tearjerker triathletes is space for 180 begin their swim individual entries and 20 teams. As the charity partner for this event the EAAA team will be there on the day to assist with marshalling and we’ll be fundraising too. But if you would like to take on a challenge, don’t mind getting a are The transition wet and muddy and could raise sponsorship too visit the event website at www.thetearjerker.co.uk
Thursday 22ndSunday 25th August
Following the success of last year’s Ride for your Lives event we are once again inviting cyclists to attempt as many miles as they wish around the reservoir and be sponsored for their efforts. Each lap of Grafham Water is ten miles and we would like to see a total of 1,000 miles cycled collectively on the day. Participants can pledge how many miles they wish to contribute to the total – for example a family of four undertaking two laps will tot up 80 miles. If you’d like to take part, or just find out more, please contact Chris Donaldson in our Peterborough office – details are on page 3.
An ambitious attempt to cover the boundaries of the region served by our two aircraft will take place over four days as a group of cyclists attempt 100 miles a day. Starting from the helipad at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn the Lap of Anglia will tour the region in an anti-clockwise route taking in some of the landmark places along the way. Some of those taking part are pictured above on a visit to Norwich Airport to see Anglia One. The event is being supported by King’s Lynn based Adrian Flux, the largest specialist motor insurers in the UK. Although all available places have been provisionally booked the organisers are taking reserve bookings and are also keen to hear from people who want to support the event in other ways. Area Fundraising Manager Chris Donaldson, who is a keen cyclist and has foolishly agreed to take part, said: “This is an interesting and ambitious fundraising initiative that we are very excited about. We are very grateful to Damien Cross the organiser, Adrian Flux and all involved for their tremendous support.” For information on the route and details of how to support this event, go to: www.lapofanglia.co.uk
Monday 26th August
Sunday 21st July Trowse, Norwich
Norwich dragon boat race An annual dragon boat race has been held in Norwich for the last few years – and it’s always a popular and fun day out. This year’s event is being organised by East Anglian Air Ambulance charity staff at Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre in Trowse. Dragon boats are crewed by 10 people who paddle and a drummer who beats the rhythm, making it not only a test of team work but also a physical challenge. We are looking for squads of 12 to 15 people to take part and raise money for the EAAA. All members of a squad must be over the age of 12 and – very importantly – must be able to swim. If you would like more information then please get in touch with Jess Down at our Norwich office – contact details on page 3.
Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire
Millbrook car free cycling The Charity has been extremely fortunate to secure this fantastic venue – not usually open to the general public – for a day of traffic-free cycling for serious and fun riders alike. Millbrook Proving Ground is among the finest road testing facilities for vehicles in Europe. It’s also the place where the rolling Aston Martin car crash scene was filmed in the James Bond movie ‘Casino Royale.’ But on August Bank Holiday Monday it will play host to EAAA supporters and their bikes. There will be three different courses on offer. Families may enjoy the city course which offers a road-style layout where they can cycle together safely. There is also an off-road track which is not for the faint-hearted and is only open to cyclists over the age of 16. And for the road cyclists who really like a challenge there is a 35km route to include the famous high-speed banking circuit leading up the Alpine circuit. Places are expected to fill up fast so to book yours please get in touch with our Flitwick fundraising office – see page 3. Admission is £10 per rider per event or £20 for a family on the city course. Area Fundraising Manager Paul Airton said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for cyclists in a beautiful setting and we are hugely grateful to the staff at Millbrook who are all giving up their time for free on the day and to the company for staging the event.”
A group of cyclist from Cambridgeshire have put extreme cycling and fundraising to the test by completing the John O’Groats to Lands End route and raising more than £1,100 at the same time. Philip Attle (second from left) and friends Dominic, Rupert and Owen are pictured here celebrating at the end of their achievement. Other feats of endurance undertaken by our supporters recently have included a 40-mile walk in the Lake District by Shaun Clements of MASS Consultants in Cambridge, which raised £350. Barrie Smith from Cambridge did a parachute jump and donated £515 and Simon Clayton cycled from Soham to Hunstanton raising in excess of £2,000.
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Leave a Gift in Your Will
Wesley and Betty Green
Wesley and Betty Green, who sadly both passed away Leaving a gift in your Will is one of the most within the past significant ways in which to help keep the 18 months, two East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopters had chosen flying. Gifts in Wills have played a vital role to leave a at the Charity, with over £1,500,000 being share of their residuary gifted to us in this way over the last 12 months estate to alone. One quarter of the missions we fly are y Green Wesley and Bett the East made possible by a gift in a Will. That is, one Anglian Air in every four patients would not have received Ambulance. The couple, who lived the critical care we provide, were it not for people like in Norfolk their whole lives, enjoyed you, choosing to leave a gift in this way. a full life, spending their retirement gardening and travelling. We receive about four or five gifts in Wills each month and were especially grateful for the kindness of one of our supporters who left us one of the largest gifts the Charity has ever received by bequeathing nearly £288,500. Of course, whatever the size, a gift in your Will can make a huge difference to our life-saving work. Your gift will help us to develop our service to make sure that we are able to get to the people who need us as quickly as we can, to deliver the best possible care, in years to come. There are two ways in which you can choose to remember EAAA in your Will. If you would like to leave a specific amount to the Charity this is known as a pecuniary bequest. Alternatively you may wish to leave the residue of your estate, or a percentage of this, which means you are donating anything that remains after your death once all other bequests, debts and charges have been paid. We recommend that you seek the advice of a solicitor when making a Will, especially if it is the first Will you have made. Some firms of solicitors hold special charity weeks when they will make a donation to a charity for every Will drawn up. If you would like to find out more about leaving a gift in your Will to EAAA please contact Hannah Clay at our head office on 01603 489405.
Wesley’s son, Andrew, travelled from his home in the USA and, with Wesley’s sister, Grace, was interested to visit our hangar at Norwich Airport to learn more about how their generous gift will be used to help the Charity extend the provision of our service into the hours of darkness. He was pleased that Wesley and Betty had chosen both to remember their loved ones, and to support a vital charity, close to their hearts. Andrew said: “Betty showed their caring nature by leaving generous donations in her Will, to several deserving charities involved in saving lives that they both cared about.” He added: “I was impressed by my visit to the Charity, seeing how well organised you were and how effectively the donation my Father and Step-mother made is being used.” Trust and Legacy Officer for the Charity, Hannah Clay, said: “We are always pleased to arrange a visit to the helicopter for family members or Executors of a Will, when someone has left us a gift in their Will. It gives them the opportunity to see why this Charity was close to the heart of their loved one and to learn more about how this gift will be used to help us to continue to save lives across the region. More importantly, it allows us to express our thanks in person too.”
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Dont let them take your Home and Assets... The Five Problems 1. Future Re-marriage Say a husband dies first and leaves everything to the wife. The wife then remarries and dies before the second husband. Her estate transfers to the second husband. He means to make a Will to put things right but does not get round to it and accordingly on his death the whole estate devolves to his children and the children of the original couple are disinherited. 2. Large Probate Fees Probate costs are often much higher than people expect. With fees from some solicitors often in tens of thousands of pounds, with a modest estate of £350,000 at a 3% charge the fees would be £10,500. Not only that, there is the inconvenience and normally substantial delay in administering someone’s estate especially on the second death. 3. Unreliable Children Unfortunately there are many clients who have children with problems, whether they be drug, alcohol or gambling problems or indeed children with unstable marriages. When the parent dies, it is therefore not advisable that a large proportion of the estate devolves to such children but, of course, that is what usually happens. 4. Incapacity If you find yourself in the position of incapacity due to injury or illness and have not nominated an attorney to take over your affairs, the only way forward is to apply to the Office of the Public Guardian, which can be costly and difficult for family to deal with. 5. Care Costs You may never have thought about long term care costs before or you may already know of someone who has been forced to sell the family home in order to pay for care fees. It may also be something you don’t want to think about, especially if you are in good health, but the statistics regarding long-term care make for sombre reading.
• 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men currently go into some sort of care! • Currently, to have your care fees paid by the state, you must have assets worth less than £14,000 (20011/12) and that includes the value of your house
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