East Anglian Air Ambulance founder awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday honours list

East Anglian Air Ambulance founder awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday honours list

17-Jun-2013 Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

The East Anglian Air Ambulance is delighted with today’s news that our Chairman Mr Andrew Egerton-Smith has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Andrew has been a driving force in the development, progress and innovation of the East Anglian Air Ambulance since its formation in 2000.  It is his determination to provide an outstanding service to the people of East Anglia that has just, within the last month, resulted in EAAA becoming the first dedicated air ambulance in the country to be approved to attend night time helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) missions, ensuring that the Charity can bring the emergency room to the patient in the hours of darkness as well as in daylight hours.

Andrew has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the world of health services, firstly by founding and establishing the Garden House Hospice in Letchworth in 1990, his contribution to Flagship Housing which owns, manages and provides over 21,500 homes to people across East Anglia, as Chairman of the East of England  Ambulance Service NHS Trust from 1997 to 2006, and in 2000, with several like-minded colleagues founded the East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity that is known so well today.  The iconic yellow helicopters that command the skies across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire to serve people when they most need urgent and expert medical attention, are due almost entirely to Andrew’s vision and dedication.

Tim Page Chief Executive of EAAA said: “We are thrilled that Andrew’s tremendous dedication has been recognised in this way.  His steely determination and undoubted abilities, energy and enthusiasm for helping people remains as strong as ever.

Without his vision and drive local people would not be the first in the country to benefit from our ability to attend people experiencing medical emergencies and accidents at night. Andrew is a remarkable man who has achieved remarkable things; our Charity is extremely lucky to have him.”

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