Ballinger Equine is today proudly sponsoring and supporting BHS Bedfordshire’s organised ride in aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance. Every participant will receive a smart Ballinger Equine rosette and Ballinger Equine’s clinical director, Dr Susanna Ballinger is on site throughout the day providing event veterinary support.
This is the seventh running of the popular sponsored ride at the Whitbread’s family estate in Southill by kind permission of Whitbread Farms Ltd and Charles Whitbread. The five, ten and fifteen mile routes are mostly on the private estate, using tracks, headlands and parkland with very limited roadwork.
East Anglian Air Ambulance – saving lives 24/7
Covering Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire by air and road 24 hours a day, seven days a week, East Anglian Air Ambulance is a lifesaving charity kept airborne thanks to donations made by generous supporters. The service operates two H145 helicopters: G-RESU, code name Anglia One, located at Norwich Airport and G-HEMC, code name Anglia Two, located at Cambridge Airport. The average cruising speed of the H145 is 137kts (158mph), which allows the pilots to get to anywhere in the 5,326 square miles covered by the charity. Each helicopter carries enough fuel to fly for over two hours with a range of nearly 400 miles.
Emergency medical assistance by road as well as air
East Anglian Air Ambulance also operates two types of Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs); two Volvo XC90s for night shifts, also known as call sign NMED87 in Norwich and CMED89 in Cambridge, and two Land Rover Discovery Sports for day shifts, NMED85 in Norwich and CMED88 in Cambridge. All four response vehicles carry the same equipment as the helicopters and give the highly trained crews an alternative way of getting to patients in the quickest time possible.
Highly trained crews providing emergency services to horse riders
East Anglian Air Ambulance’s skilled crews consist of two pilots, a doctor and a critical care paramedic. Find out more about them here.
East Anglian Air Ambulance is tasked an average of eight times a day from its bases in Norwich and Cambridge. And over the last twelve months the service has attended 48 equestrian-related incidents which works out to be about four a month/one a week. So today’s support is particularly relevant to all riders across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.
Add your support to this outstanding emergency service
There are many different ways we can all add our support to this super charity. Making a donation is straightforward. Fundraising and volunteering are also popular ways of getting involved and helping. Details of how to assist with fundraising activities, to volunteer or to participate in the EAAA’s calendar of exciting events are available here.