Handing over the keys!

I have just helped hand over the keys to a new ambulance that was funded by the Big Society Innovation Bank.

Below are the few words I said at the start of the event.

“I am delighted to officially hand over the keys to this vehicle for use by the London Ambulance Service Volunteer Responder Group.

This is a project to set up a ‘blue light’ emergency medical response service manned by off duty doctors and police officers and was funded by our Big Society Innovation Bank.

It is one of nine projects to successfully bid for a slice of the £200,000 on offer in the first round of applications for Innovation Bank funding. We awarded £28,000 to pay for the vehicle and to train the volunteers who will staff the service.

These volunteers are off-duty doctors and police officers who will work in their spare time to provide a blue light emergency response on top of those provided by the London Ambulance Service.

This is a fantastic example of how some financial support, coupled with the commitment of volunteers can make a real difference to people’s lives.”

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