Really pleased for the Air Ambulance crews and support staff who will be chuffed by the Prince's decision. The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) and the All Party Group for Air Ambulances in the House of nCommons has gone from strength to strength these last 2 years but this is the icing on the cake: the news that His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge is to become a helicopter pilot with East Anglian Air ambulance is a massive boost to the Air Ambulances all over the country. His decision to pursue this role following his time as a RAF Search and Rescue pilot is seen as a strong endorsement of the part that air ambulances play in caring for the sick and injured in UK.
East Anglian Air Ambulance is one of nineteen other charities that operate the thirty six air ambulances across the UK, providing advanced pre-hospital care to the most critically ill patients. On average seventy patients per day are treated by the thirty six aircraft.
I work hand in glove with Clive Dickin, the AAA National Director, who on hearing the good news said:
“We are delighted that East Anglian Air Ambulance and the East of England Ambulance Service have such support. The Duke of Cambridge made it clear earlier this year that he was considering this option as part of his public service duties. The announcement will, we hope, help to raise the profile of the work of all air ambulances in the country."