MPs unite in bid to get service off the ground

PUBLISHED: 13:18 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:05 26 October 2009

James Clappison

James Clappison

A UNITED front has been formed by Hertfordshire s MPs in a bid to provide an air ambulance for the county. Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has rallied support from the county s other 10 parliamentarians as the campaign to fund the service – also being bac

A UNITED front has been formed by Hertfordshire's MPs in a bid to provide an air ambulance for the county.

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has rallied support from the county's other 10 parliamentarians as the campaign to fund the service - also being backed by the WHT - hots up.

Hertfordshire used to be one of only two counties in the country which did not have an air ambulance service, the other being .

But the WHT reported last month though that a deal had been struck to extend the reach of the helicopter currently covering Essex to also roam our skies.

Now MPs are backing the bid to get a sole helicopter for Herts.

Tories James Clappison, Mark Prisk, Charles Walker, Oliver Heald, Peter Lilley, David Gauke, Anne Main and Mike Penning have signed to show their support.

They have joined forces with Labour counterparts Barbara Follett and Claire Ward , who are also fully behind the campaign.

Mr Shapps praised the "positive" response he got from his fellow MPs.

He said: "I'm delighted colleagues from around Hertfordshire have thrown their weight behind the air ambulance at a time when our hospitals like the QE2 are being axed.

"It's clear that being able to get emergency cases to hospital quickly could well save lives."

Mr Shapps was also quick to commend the fundraising efforts of the public, who have so far raised over £144,000 for the cause.

At least £250,000 is needed for our own air ambulance.

Mr Shapps added: "Since air ambulances do not get any subsidy from the Government, they can only operate though the generosity of local people - and people in Herts have already surpassed expectations with their generosity."

# You can find out more at www.hertsairambulance.org.uk

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