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Children’s Emergency Ambulance Service Appeal

**FUNDED** You helped us raise £216,000 for a dedicated service to keep critically-ill children alive during transfers to Addenbrooke's.

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**STOP PRESS** Thanks to our incredible supporters we have reached our target and have raised enough to put two children’s ambulance on the road! 

Celebrity chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, is a supporter of the Children’s Services at Addenbrooke’s and was filmed back in November hiding out at Addenbrooke’s in an episode of Celebrity Hunted. He went on to win the series along with fellow fugitives Aldo Zilli and Gavin Henson. You can watch the episode on catch up here (series 3, episode 4)

Rob Heuschkel, CUH Clinical Director for Cambridge Children’s Hospital’s thanked our supporters for helping to fund the first ambulance. View the video below:

Addenbrooke’s Hospital is home to the East of England’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. Whilst it provides state-of-the-art care to critically ill children, it does not have a dedicated children’s ambulance service. This is surprising given that adults and newborn babies benefit from specialist services of their own.

Regular 999 ambulances are not kitted out with the specialist equipment required to keep critically-ill children alive during transfers, so we currently rely on the London-based specialist service.

This often results in long delays, which for those children and families is simply unbearable.

Crucially, the current provision does not transport children back to their local hospital once they are on the road to recovery. This means that children spend unnecessary time further away from home, friends and family.

A children’s emergency ambulance service for the East of England would benefit over 1,700 children a year, providing faster response times, ensuring that children swiftly get the care and expertise that their lives depend on.

To find out more, please contact us at or call 01223 217757.

Details are correct at time of publishing, E&OE.

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