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Air Ambulance travel the county presenting ‘Norfolk Inspiration Awards’ in celebration of Norfolk Day

Written by  Stacey Harvey
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Air Ambulance travel the county presenting ‘Norfolk Inspiration Awards’ in celebration of Norfolk Day

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) have today been travelling the county presenting their very own Norfolk Inspiration Awards in celebration of Norfolk Day. Three team members from the charity drove the charity’s rapid response vehicle (RRV) emblazoned in the charity colours to surprise the recipients and present a trophy to some truly inspirational supporters.

The charity wanted to celebrate some of the fantastic people around the county that are an inspiration to them in their work, and by working alongside the family and friends of the recipients they managed to make the day a complete surprise for those who had won. Stuart Wyle, Head of Community Fundraising at EAAA, said “What an honour it has been to be able to present these awards and show our appreciation to some inspirational people, who make the life-saving work we do possible. As we drove out today our Anglia One crew flew overhead and out on a mission, reminding us that that the work these fantastic people help us do every day means we are there when someone needs us. Norfolk Day has provided us a platform to show off some of the very best of Norfolk.”

Here they are, the winners of the EAAA’s Norfolk Inspiration Awards:

·       The first award was the Norfolk Inspirational Crew Member award, which went to EAAA Critical Care Paramedic Ben Caine. Ben has been with the charity nine years and the charity described him as ‘a highly skilled critical care paramedic with a great sense of humour and modest nature, making him a much loved and respected member of the EAAA team’.

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·       The award for ‘Patient and Family’ went to the lovely Serena Ford. Serena and her family have been supporting EAAA since they attended her son Thomas, who sadly died in September 2015. Serena has gone on to fundraise for EAAA in Thomas’ memory and helped to train other local families about the dangers of choking and basic first aid skills – helping to save more lives. What a truly worthy recipient of the Patient and Family award.

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·       Another particularly important award for the charity is the ‘Life Savers’ Award, which was awarded to Downtide Caravans and Leisure. The team of Hayley Heslin, Ben Furner, Bruce Peck and Joel Good jumped to the rescue after their colleague Matt Lefevre suffered a horrific 9 inch wound from an angle grinder in June this year. Their swift actions, putting pressure on his wound to stem the bleeding, helped save his life. Well done to all of them for the confidence to administer first aid and maintaining the chain of survival.

·       The ‘Volunteer’ award went to Carol Watkinson, who has selflessly given four years to supporting the charity and was presented with her award at the International Aviation Academy in Norwich. Carol supports the EAAA team, assisting with their admin needs, attends a number of events across Norfolk representing EAAA and she has recently been supporting the Aftercare Team with patient and family visits.

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·       Next up is the ‘Group or Organisation’ award, which was awarded to Bullock Fair Charity Shop in Harleston, who have donated almost £2M to a number of local charities and good causes since 1999. The shop has raised an astonishing £860,000 (and counting) for EAAA – making the group one of the charity’s single biggest donors. 

·       The award for ‘Event Fundraiser’ was won by North Norfolk Classic Car Club. The club has raised over £30,000 for EAAA since 2010 from the proceeds of their annual St George’s Day Classic Car Rally. 

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·       Last but by no means least Kelling Heath Holiday Park were presented with the ‘Corporate’ award. They have been a corporate supporter of the charity since 2016 and during the partnership they have raised over £15,000. 

You can see all the awards being presented on the charity’s facebook page ‘East Anglian Air Ambulance and on Twitter as @EastAngliAirAmb. Please do show your support for the EAAA Norfolk Inspiration Awards, showcasing some of the fantastic work the people of Norfolk do. If you’d like to find out more about the charity or how you get involved go to their website www.eaaa.org.uk.

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The images from the helicopter are over Norfolk today from Anglia One crew member Critical Care Paramedic Chris Neil. They were out on a mission over Norfolk.

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