Essex Air Ambulance is set to benefit from almost £1,000 thanks to a generous donation by Ringway Jacobs, Essex County Council’s highways partner.
The £977 donation was announced this week as highways staff at County Hall dressed up in yellow to support Essex Air Ambulance’s ‘Go Yellow’ theme, in support of National Air Ambulance Week (Monday 19 September – Sunday 25 September).
Ringway Jacobs raised the impressive figure by offering £1 every time potential health and safety risks were reported. One good example of this in action is the installation of defibrillators in Highways offices, and first aiders trained in their use, following a potential risk identified by an employee.
Andy Denman, Operations Director at Essex Highways, said: “Ringway Jacobs employs a large number of people to work on the road network who are exposed to hazards on a daily basis.
“We put safety at the heart of our operations, encouraging our employees to report all opportunities they see to improve safety. These reports prompt action and can help prevent future accidents.
“As an incentive to encourage awareness, Ringway Jacobs donates £1 to the Essex Air Ambulance for every risk employees report.”
Stuart Elms, Clinical Director, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, said: “This is a fantastic initiative that not only helps reduce the risk of accidents but also helps ensure the Essex Air Ambulance can continue to fly.
“Without access to National Lottery funding and with only limited support from Government, we rely upon the generosity and goodwill of Essex individuals and organisations like Ringway Jacobs to remain operational and keep saving lives.”