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Fakenham racecourse thank air ambulance for saving racegoer

Fakenham racecourse thank air ambulance for saving racegoer

Published by Grace Mcgachy
6:13pm 2nd September 2019.

Saying thank you to this lifesaving service.

Fakenham Racecourse has announced they're fundraising for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. 

Earlier this year, at the 4th March race meeting, the EAAA Anglia One crew from Norwich were called out to Fakenham Racecourse when a racegoer collapsed, suffering a cardiac arrest just before the first race. 

A paramedic performed CPR within seconds and the man received immediate expert medical care from the Racecourse medical team before being flown to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital by the EAAA.

Happily, the racegoer went on to make a full recovery. 

On Friday 18th October Fakenham Racecourse will start its season of National Hunt racing with the Sky Sports Racing raceday which is supporting the Air Ambulance (EAAA).

Air ambulance in flight


£5 will be donated to the EAAA by Fakenham Racecourse, at no expense to the racegoers, from every advance ticket bought online from the Racecourse website before midday Thursday 17th October 

To activate the donation, the code EAAA5 must be entered at the Racecourse's website at the checkout. 

Conor McGeown, Head of Development at EAAA, said: 

"We're delighted to have the support of Fakenham Racecourse and to have been invited to host our first ever charity raceday at Fakenham.

We need the support of the Norfolk community now more than ever as we need to raise an additional £1 million each year, bringing our total income needed to £13 million a year, in order to deliver our life-saving care 24 hours a day by helicopter.

We currently fly until midnight, with support available 24/7 by rapid response vehicle, but know there is a great need for 24/7 helicopter coverage, especially in rural Norfolk."

David Hunter, CEO of Fakenham Racecourse, said: 

"Fakenham Racecourse is delighted and very proud to be supporting the East Anglian Air Ambulance, along with our media partner Sky Sports Racing.

The work of the air ambulance is vital to the region and anyone of us could need their life saving help at any time of day, and as will soon be the case, or night. Norfolk has many people working and pursuing leisure activities in isolated places, often on their own or in small groups, and if something goes wrong it is the intervention of the air ambulance that makes all the difference.

Fakenham Racecourse has sponsored a mission for the air ambulance at a cost of £3,500 and I implore all Norfolk businesses and companies to get behind this charity and do the same.

If 286 businesses committed to sponsoring a mission each year that would cover the extra funding needed to provide the night-time cover." 


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