Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has marked the end of a year of celebrations for its twentieth anniversary with an Evening of Celebration at Chelmsford Cathedral on Tuesday 22 May. The Cathedral was chosen because of its size and location, in order to allow as many people as possible to attend.
The evening paid tribute to those who have helped the organisation develop from a single airbase covering one county to two bases – at Earls Colne and North Weald – covering two counties.
EHAAT Chief Executive Jane Gurney outlined the history of the Charity while Critical Care Paramedics Tony Stone and Adam Carr shared some of their experiences as Patient Liaison Managers as they help air-lifted patients with their recovery by `filling in the blanks’.
The evening was the final event of a Year of Celebration which began In June 2017 with a Celebration Event at Audley End that was attended by thousands of supporters. There the Charity unveiled its first purchased helicopter, the AgustaWestland 169.
Jonathan Trower, Chairman of the Trustees, paid tribute to the supporters, staff and volunteers whose efforts had supported the Charity’s development. He revealed that at a recent meeting the Trustees and Executive Team discussed plans to develop the Charity’s life-saving service.
The New Hall School Choir entertained the audience with performances of `Oranges and Lemons’ and `Banaha’, a Congolese song of celebration. For the latter guests were divided into three groups and encouraged to join in.