Do you live or work in East Anglia?

If you do you will know that one of the great attractions of our region is its wide-open spaces. Woodland, farmland and endless miles of coastline are its chief geographical characteristics.

The region exceeds 5,000 sq. miles and has a resident population of 2.5m. But in the summer months, the attractions of East Anglia can draw in an additional 2 to 3 million visitors, placing enormous pressure on our roads and infrastructure.

Air ambulance cover can make a crucial difference in a medical emergency. The helicopter’s speed and its ability to access remote areas make it an ideal solution to the particular problems posed by our region.

The medical profession is strong of the opinion that a patient’s chances of survival are far greater if they reach the hospital within one hour – “The golden hour”. Anglia One gets the paramedic on the scene fast, the patient to the hospital fast and frees up land ambulances for front-line work.

Our official launch

The East Anglian Air Ambulance was officially launched by champion jockey Frankie Dettori in the Summer of 2000 at the Millennium Grandstand at Newmarket Racecourse.

The service began flying in January 2001 and in the early days the service was only able to operate one day a week, but within five months Anglia One was flying five days a week.

Now the helicopter and its crew are on stand-by for 365 days a year and can reach almost anywhere in the region within 20 minutes and often quicker. Operating during daylight hours, the helicopter begins and ends its day at Norwich airport where Sterling Helicopters, the operator, is based.

During the day, however, Anglia One can be found at a temporary location at Red Lodge, near Mildenhall, the central point from where the region’s eight hospitals – including the trauma center at Addenbrooke’s – can be accessed within the shortest time frame.

The helicopter…

Is a stretch Bolkow 105 DBS. Specially modified for medical emergency work it has a cruising speed of 132 miles per hour. Anglia One carries one pilot and two paramedics on every mission.

The paramedics…

Are drawn from the same teams that crew the land ambulances. They receive additional training to equip them for some of the navigational duties they have to perform and also for the more extreme medical emergencies they have to tackle.

The pilot…

Is one of a team that works for Sterling helicopters. Gerry Hermer, Managing Director of Sterling is a keen supporter of the East Anglian Air Ambulance and his team is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of Anglia One.

The control room…

Anglia one missions are controlled from the main NHS Ambulance Trust’s Norwich HQ. Here a team of trained operators will assess every emergency call against a pre-determined set of criteria to establish whether Anglia One should be called out.

Although the Air Ambulance Service serves the NHS it receives no ongoing government funding. Soon after its launch, the charity was supported, along with 13 other such services in the country by a multi-million-pound sponsorship deal with the AA.

That support has now come to an end and Anglia One is now entirely dependant on the goodwill of the people and businesses of East Anglia.

A recent survey carried out by the Air Ambulance has shown that the people of East Anglia are more disposed to support their air ambulance than any other region in the country.

The service requires a minimum of £65,000 per month to remain operational.

A vast sum of money that comes in through a number of fund-raising schemes such as:

  • The Air Ambulance lottery
  • Donations
  • Two charity shops in Fakenham and Ipswich
  • Pay as you earn schemes in the workplace 
    (call 01603 269320 for more information)
  • Public fundraising activities such as coffee-mornings, dances, pub quizzes 
    (call 0845 066 9999 for more information)
  • Legacies and In Memoriams 
    (find out more)
  • Corporate sponsorship programs (find out more)
    (call 01603 269320 for more information)