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Suffolk Accident Rescue Service celebrates 49 years on back of challenging year

The Suffolk Accident Rescue Service is celebrating its 49th anniversary, with the volunteer organisation reflecting on a challenging year.

The charity was formed in May, 1972, and continues its original aim of saving lives around the county by responding quickly to emergencies.

Clinicians are a mixture of anaesthetists, consultants in emergency medicine, critical care paramedics - all of whom volunteer in their spare time.

The service has been operating for 49 years (46729048)
The service has been operating for 49 years (46729048)

Ben Hall, operations manager, said: "Despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, it’s vital that we continue to progress.

"The skills our clinicians can bring to the scene can make such a difference to the patients they treat. It’s incredibly motivating to see such positive outcomes coming from what is a voluntary service.”

He added: "The service receives no NHS funding or central government funding and after the last twelve months we are just very grateful to still be around.

"So many of our traditional fundraising events have not been possible and these have always been such a vital source of funds that support our work. However thanks to the generosity of so many people around Suffolk we have come through it largely unscathed."

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