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Rare Ferrari could raise half a million for air ambulance

A rare 1964 Ferrari has been left to the East Anglian Air Ambulance to auction. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 1964 Ferrari 330GT is expected to make more than half a million pounds in a charity auction for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The specially commissioned Nembo Spyder - with a 4 litre V12 - was owned by motor enthusiast and collector Richard Allen from Essex until he died on 26 November.

He left the car to be to be auctioned off in memory of the time the ambulance came to the help of one of his fellow racing drivers after a crash.

Previous auctions of the same car have seen sales of £660,000.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

The car will be auctioned H&H Classics at Duxford on March 29th.


Health boss thanks neighbouring hospitals as major incident comes to close

The major incident declared at Southend Hospital after a serious fuel leak is over, officials have said.

The Maternity Ward and two additional ward areas had to be evacuated earlier as diesel spilled from a tank on the third floor.

The fire service attended and the leak is now contained, though hospital staff say 'an odour continues to affect' certain areas.

“Hospital staff and the Emergency Services responded rapidly to the fuel leak this afternoon, and worked extremely hard in taking precautionary safety measures by evacuating patients from some of our wards in the affected part of the hospital.

I must emphasise that no patients, visitors or staff on the hospital site suffered any harm as a result of the leak.

We are very grateful to our neighbouring hospitals across the region, who have accepted both maternity patients and emergency ambulances while the hospital has been closed.

– Neil Rothie, Medical Director at Southend Hospital

Cambridge Utd staff head to Addenbrooke's to encourage people to give blood

NHS Blood and Transplant says hospitals experience high demands over the festive period Credit: ITV News Anglia

Staff from Cambridge United football club will be at Addenbrooke's hospital to encourage people to give blood over Christmas.

NHS Blood and Transplant says hospitals experience high demands over the festive period. Each unit donated will help save the lives of seven children.

Luton teacher with Parkinson's to run marathon

Ryan Cameron says he's determined to carrying on teaching for as long as he can Credit: ITV News Anglia

A young PE teacher from Luton who has early onset Parkinson's disease says he's determined to run the London Marathon.

Ryan wants to raise awareness by running London Marathon. Credit: ITV News Anglia

33-year-old Ryan Cameron was diagnosed with the neurological condition two years ago and despite his worsening symptoms he's carried on working full time.

He says taking part in the 26 mile race is a lifelong ambition and hopes it will demonstrate that Parkinsons doesn't just affect older people.

I never had the time and motivation to do it until I got Parkinson's. Then I said right, I need to do this before I can't and start to struggle with things.

– Ryan Cameron

The East of England Ambulance Service prepares for its busiest winter

The East of England Ambulance service is preparing for its busiest winter Credit: ITV News Anglia

The East of England Ambulance service is preparing for its busiest winter.

Last year more than 90,000 emergency calls were handled, a rise in more than 6,000 on the previous year. December 19 was the busiest day for the whole area in 2015.

"We prioritise people according to the most greatest need, and that means low priority calls may take longer to respond to. If you know the situation you're in doesn't need an emergency response, please think about alternatives so that we can prioritise our resources for those critically ill patients who need us most."

– Kevin Brown, Director of Service Delivery


MK Hospital praised for 'significant improvements'

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper

Milton Keynes University Hospital has made "significant improvements" to its services, the health watchdog has said.

The hospital has been rated as 'good' following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission in July.

It was previously rated as requiring improvement.

Inspectors said "there remain areas where further work is needed" and they "will return to check on its progress".

Our inspectors found a number of improvements had been made at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since our last inspection.

We found staff that were passionate about providing high quality care and patients described them as caring and professional.

The emergency department leadership team had significantly improved the its performance in meeting the four hour target to improve safety in seeing and assessing patients.

During the inspection we also found areas where improvement was required. We highlighted this to the trust and immediate action was taken to rectify a number of these concerns while our inspectors were still on site.

The trust should be commended for this, but there remain areas where further work is needed. The trust knows what it needs to do to make sure any improvements are made and we will return to check on its progress.

– Professor Sir Mike Richards, CQC's Chief Inspector of Hospitals
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