Labour County Councillors provide Locality Budget funding for life-saving Specialist Emergency Medical charity.

The Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) provides an early response to incidents where patients need specialist medical attention before they reach hospital, making interventions at the scene of an incident which would not normally be possible outside a hospital environment.

SARS General Operations Manager, Ben Hall, said “We work alongside the local ambulance service, which mobilises us when patients who require specialist prehospital treatment are identified. Inevitably, many of these individuals are in a life-threatening condition and over the last 44 years we have treated thousands of people and helped saved countless lives.”

Mr Hall added, “This money will go towards a new set of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the SARS team vehicle. Our clinicians all volunteer their time without charge and we rely on voluntary grants and donations to maintain our activity. We are therefore very grateful for the support of the local councillors who have helped fund this piece of kit.”

County Councillor and Deputy-Mayor of Ipswich, Bill Quinton, said “As a charity that provides such an important and lifesaving service in Ipswich and beyond, we are more than happy to provide £500 to SARS.”

Cllr Peter Gardiner added, “It is good to know that this charity is doing excellent work throughout the region and I am proud that I, and the Suffolk County Council Labour Group, can use our Locality Budget allowance to support it.”


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