It's all systems go for air ambulance

PUBLISHED: 10:34 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:09 26 October 2009

Something to cheer about for the air ambulance appeal team

Something to cheer about for the air ambulance appeal team

A LIFE-SAVING air ambulance set to patrol the county's skies is ready to launch after fundraisers smashed the £250,000 target. The Herts Air Ambulance Appeal that sought to raise money for the county to have its very own helicopter has now raised well ove

A LIFE-SAVING air ambulance set to patrol the county's skies is ready to launch after fundraisers smashed the £250,000 target.

The Herts Air Ambulance Appeal that sought to raise money for the county to have its very own helicopter has now raised well over £300,000 in just over a year.

The chopper is expected to be in the air by the end of September, but air ambulance bosses are stressing that the fundraising only starts here.

Pam Withrington, a spokeswoman for the appeal launched in April last year, said: "It's amazing.

"When we first started our campaign we were looking at raising the cash within 18 months to two years.

"The people of Hertfordshire have been fantastic and we must thank them and all the businesses that have got behind us."

"But money still needs to be raised as we think it is going to cost £80,000 a month to keep it in the air.

"It's all very exciting though."

The WHT can also reveal that a site in Panshanger, WGC is in the running to house the new helicopter.

It is believed that air ambulance bosses have already dismissed a proposed site in Elstree, with the WGC location fighting it out with a spot in North Weald.

The spokeswoman said: "We are looking to make an announcement very soon.

"There are three possible sites but one of them has been heavily favoured while another is unlikely to house the air ambulance.

"Panshanger is a considered site.


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