Air and land paramedics help with flight of fancy

Tracy and Adrien Paine at the air base.

Tracy and Adrien Paine at the air base.

First published in News Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A PARAMEDIC suffering from a brain tumour gave his wife a birthday treat thanks to friends at the Essex Air Ambulance.

Adrien Paine, from Colchester, had hoped to treat wife Tracy to a helicopter flight for her birthday in May but could not because of his illness.

The East of England Ambulance Service worker mentioned this at a meeting with his chief exec Hayden Newton, who in turn got in touch with his counterpart Jane Gurney at the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust and organised a flight.

Jane and her team went all-out to make it possible for Tracy to be a passenger on board a replacement helicopter for Herts Air Ambulance due to the respect between the two life-saving teams.

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10:05am Mon 19 Nov 12

SOMETHING2SAY says...

good cause yes....but who paid for the fuel??
good cause yes....but who paid for the fuel?? SOMETHING2SAY
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1:11pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Hannah Ashby says...

The flight was made possible because the Herts Air Ambulance was due its annual service and was already making the flight form Staverton to North Weald and therefore did not incur any cost to the Charity.
The flight was made possible because the Herts Air Ambulance was due its annual service and was already making the flight form Staverton to North Weald and therefore did not incur any cost to the Charity. Hannah Ashby
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