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Budget: East Anglian Air Ambulance to get new helicopter

East Anglian Air Ambulance Credit: ITV News Anglia

The East Anglian Air Ambulance is to get a new helicopter after the Chancellor announced in today's Budget that a one-off grant would be given to the charity of £1.7 million.

The money is coming from the 'Libor Fines Fund' and is to be spent on all military and blue light causes. The Libor fines were levied on banks manipulating the London INterbank Offered Rate financial benchmark.

The money will help fund a second new EC145T2 helicopter to be based at Norwich Airport.

It will increase the charity's clinical capability and the distance it can cover. It's hoped the new helicopter will go into service in 2016.

"We are enormously grateful for this one-off grant from the Treasury that will help fund a second EC145T2 helicopter which will greatly enhance the lifesaving service we provide for local people. Our grant application to the Chancellor received cross-party support from all our Norfolk MPs. I would, however, like to say a special thank you to Chloe Smith MP and Henry Bellingham MP, both of whom worked closely with EAAA to secure this result.”

– EAAA Chief Executive Patrick Peal

Appeal for people to join the organ donor register

Appeal for more people to join the organ donor register Credit: NHS Blood and Transplant

A mother and son who have both had heart transplants have been speaking out about how important it is to register on the organ donor register.

Anne Bill has cardiomyopathy - a genetic condition - which her eldest son Paul has. He has also had a heart transplant.

But Anne's youngest son Nick, died before he could receive a donor heart.

Anne Bill Credit: ITV

Across East Anglia there are currently 606 people on the transplant waiting list. This includes 22 people waiting for a heart.

During the last 5 years there have been 204 deaths on the transplant waiting list.

So far in 2014/2015 there have been 676 transplants in the region which includes 19 heart transplants.

To join the register, click on the link below.


Appeal to Alan Carr - how do you rate ITV Anglia's Jonathan Wills' impersonation ?

Last night on ITV News Anglia, we featured some of TV chat show host Alan Carr's memories of Northampton's bus station on twitter - after it was reduced to rubble over the weekend.

It prompted our presenter Jonathan Wills to make an 'attempt' at impersonating the TV funnyman.

But what does Alan think of it?

Click below to watch a short clip.

Pair on paper round save elderly woman

Dion and Logan Nye

A brother and sister from Milton Keynes have been praised for saving the life of a pensioner who had collapsed in her home. Dion and Logan Nye heard Edith Ollard calling for help while they were out on their paper round.

Edith Ollard

Edith, who is diabetic, was taken to hospital. She had been had been unconscious for four hours after collapsing from low blood sugar . Waking up for a matter of seconds when Dion and Logan came to her door. Her family say the two teenagers saved her life.

Here is Claire McGlasson's report..

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