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Lost property donated to East Anglian Air Ambulance

The University of East Anglia (UEA) yesterday (31 January) continued its tradition of donating funds collected from campus lost property to local charities, by presenting a cheque for £1,300 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA). 

The money will help to support their work providing helicopter emergency medical services for the people of East Anglia, providing a quick response, advanced critical care on scene and rapid transfer to hospital.

Roger Bond, UEA’s Director of Estates presented the cheque to Sophie Emmanuel, Area Fundraising Officer for EAAA and the event was also attended by UEA staff.

EAAA was chosen as they have attended a number of critical medical emergencies on campus over the years, including one which occurred late last year.

The money is a collection of unclaimed cash found on campus which has been handed into Security, mostly found in wallets and clothing.

Roger Bond, Director of Estates and Buildings at UEA, said: “We are delighted to present EAAA with this money to support their work across the region.

“Should there be a critical medical emergency on campus, it’s good to know the Air Ambulance is on hand and we greatly appreciate their support.

“As our campus is so large, with a large number of staff, students and visitors, we do see lots of valuable lost property. Unfortunately we cannot store this for longer than two months, but it is great we can make a difference to local charities with the money.”

Sophie Emmanuel, Area Fundraising Officer at EAAA, said: “We are so grateful to UEA for their generous donation, and what a unique way to raise the funds. Without support like this we would not be able to keep our helicopters in the sky, so thank you on behalf of everyone at EAAA and all the patients we attend.”

If you find any property on the UEA campus, please hand this in to the Security Lodge. People have two months to reclaim valuable items before they are added to the charity fund or disposed of appropriately.