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Essex and Herts Air Ambulance take delivery of Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid

Gates continue to support Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) by providing a Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid to be used to assist the charity's life-saving work

Gates staff recently visited the EHAAT's brand new state of the art airbase at North Weald and were delighted to hand over the keys to a Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid.

Gates began supporting the charity in 2019, shortly before marking their centenary milestone, by providing the EHAAT with the use of a Ford Mondeo. Gates will continue to support the charity, who rely on donations in order to carry out their life-saving work, and have updated the vehicle to a Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid. So when the team are making their vital journeys, they can seamlessly switch between electric and petrol with the touch of a button.

The vehicle will be used by EHAAT staff to travel between the charity’s two airbases, the other located in Earls Colne, as well as between fundraising offices and shops across Essex and Hertfordshire.

Gates' Joint Managing Director, John Belton and Group Marketing Manager, Anna-Marie Camp, handover the Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid to EHAAT staff and crew. Photo: Steve Brading
Gates' Joint Managing Director, John Belton and Group Marketing Manager, Anna-Marie Camp handover the Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid to EHAAT staff and crew. Photo: Steve Brading

Furthermore, Essex Voluntary Blood Service (EVBS) are continuing their important work, aided by a Ford Kuga which was purchased from Gates of Harlow in 2020 at cost with a grant awarded by The Henry Surtees Foundation.

Pam Withrington, Fundraising and Marketing Director at EHAAT said: “As a charity which receives only limited support from Government, we depend on the generosity of individuals and businesses such as Gates. We are committed to making the very best choices not only for our staff and for our community but also for the environment, so we are extremely grateful to the company for this generous gesture of a hybrid vehicle" Pam continues “The blood bikers are an amazing group of volunteers, and without their hard work and dedication we would not have been able to carry blood supplies. As winter closes in, anything which makes their work a little easier is very much welcomed and appreciated.”

Carol Weller, Chair of EVBS said: “Having access to a car to help with our work will mean that hospitals can be served a lot better in the cold harsh weather. As well as carrying blood supplies for EHAAT, EVBS transports blood products to all the hospitals of Essex and East London as well as donor milk for the Herts milk bank and the Rosie unit at Addenbrooke’s. The Ford Kuga that Gates have supplied is going to help a large number of patients across Essex and we are all extremely grateful to Gates for making this possible."

Mr John Belton, Joint Managing Director at Gates, said: “We are delighted to continue our support of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and making a contribution towards the life-saving work they carry out on a daily basis”.

For more information on the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and the Essex Voluntary Blood Services, please click the links below:

About EHAAT

About EVBS