A LIFE-saving trust has welcomed Government plans to support charities with financial support.

The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust, in line with most charities, has been struggling due to lost funds during the ongoing pandemic.

The lockdown has seen a dramatic loss in income with charities being forced to close their shops and cancel fundraisers.

However, plans announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Wednesday hope to provide £750 million of financial aid to UK charities.

Of that, £360 million will be sent directly from Government departments to charities providing critical services.

EHAAT, which is based in Earls Colne, is one such charity with the trust still endeavouring to provide their crucially important and life-saving service.

A spokesperson for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance said: “The Chancellor’s announcement is great news.

“Our crews continue to provide a life-saving service to the people of Essex and Hertfordshire 24/7 using helicopters and rapid response vehicles, whilst taking all appropriate precautions.

“Raising funds is even more vital than ever, so please follow us on social media where we detail all the ways you can help our charity in these uncertain times.”

The resourceful trust has employed other creative methods to boost its coffers in the absence of outdoor activities.

The charity set up an online pub quiz, broadcast live on its Facebook page.

Hosted by critical care paramedic Joe Dowsing and co-pilot Will Hordley, the quiz attracted more than 400 viewers and their families and managed to raise £900.

Fellow charity St Helena Hospice also welcomed the aid.

Chief executive Mark Jarman-Howe said: “This is great news and we welcome the funding from the Government. These funds will be essential to help us provide our vital care and support to local people facing incurable illness and bereavement right now.

“However, the Government funding does not mean we can take our foot off the pedal in our urgent appeal.

To donate to St Helena Hospice’s appeal, visit sthelena.org.uk/urgentappeal.