Cambridgeshire

Emergency charity needs £250,000 to extend cover

A charity that pays for emergency teams attending road crashes in six counties needs £250,000 to provide 24-hour cover.

The money would help the Magpas charity use road vehicles, the air ambulance and the police helicopter to reach victims.

The charity covers Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Bedfordshire and Essex.

Its teams include highly trained doctors and paramedics.

Daryl Brown, from Magpas, said. "The money would mean more security for about 5.7m people."

Magpas also trains non-medical people in first aid so they can act as "first responders" and provides the equipment they need.

There are currently 33 such groups across Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire and the types of emergencies they attend include choking, cardiac arrests and strokes.

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