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New night-flying air ambulance for the East of England

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has been given the go-ahead to start flying at night.

The charity, which covers, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk, started night flights this week after getting the final go-ahead from the Civil Aviation Authority.

It follows an 18-month campaign to be allowed to fly during the hours of darkness.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tom Barton:

East Anglian Air Ambulance to fly at night for first time

The East Anglian Air Ambulance will now be able to fly at night for the first time. Credit: ITV Anglia

Air ambulance services in the East of England are to be able to fly at night for the first time with the delivery of a new helicopter.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has announced in can now fly during the hours of darkness after almost a year of crew training.

The Charity says it can now land at unknown and unlit sites close to patients so that their emergency care team can begin their work without the delay that results from having to travel by road.

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Half marathon to raise cash for air ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance
East Anglian Air Ambulance Credit: East Anglian Air Ambulance

Colleagues of a man killed in a motorcycle accident are raising cash for the charity which tried to save his life.

Staff from Bure Prison are taking part in a half marathon, between the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and HMP Bure, near North Walsham.

Cash raised will go towards the East Anglian Air Ambulance. can donate via their just giving website

50 mile walk for air ambulance

Darren (second from left) with his fellow walkers
Darren (second from left) with his fellow walkers Credit: East Anglian Air Ambulance

A man who wanted to repay rescuers from the East Anglian Air Ambulance who treated him following an accident has walked 50 miles in two days to raise money for the charity.

Darren Betts, who's 20 and lives in Suffolk, was involved in a car accident last year.

Following the crash he was in a coma for two months. So far he's raised more than £3,000.

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