3 Year Old Maisie Moon Officially Opens New Head Office for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust

Tuesday, 05 May, 2015


Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) hosted a VIP reception yesterday afternoon sponsored by Medical Aviation Services to officially open the new Trust Head Office on Earls Colne Business Park. Special guest, 3 year old Maisie Moon who is a former patient of the Essex Air Ambulance following a serious road traffic collision in September 2012 joined CEO Jane Gurney to cut the ribbon at the official opening ceremony. 

Originally the Charity worked out of a very small office at Broomfield Hospital but in 2004 the ever growing team moved to bigger premises on the Earls Colne Business Park. New landlord Eric Hobbs and his family made the Charity extremely welcome and E Hobbs (Farms) Ltd continue to be supportive of the Charity. Since then EHAAT has continued to expand leaving no option but to relocate to new premises, still on the Earls Colne Business Park. Eric and Malcolm Hobbs, Bob Ely and the team at E Hobbs (Farms) Ltd have worked really hard to make this possible and EHAAT is now celebrating the move into a larger and more practical space for its staff and volunteers.


Following the official cutting of the ribbon with young Maisie and Jane; Vice-Chair of Trustees Rob Forsyth led the official opening of the new board room named the Shipley Suite in recognition of Chair of Trustees Brian Shipley. Brian has been involved with the Charity since its inception in 1997 and has guided the Charity through every milestone along the way and continues to be an integral part of the journey.

Jane Gurney, CEO of EHAAT, said: “It’s an extremely proud moment for me today to officially open our new Head Office with such a special guest. I am delighted that the Hobbs family have been able to join us today as they have been such an integral part of our journey. The move would also not have been possible without Sibley Electrical Ltd, GCS Fire & Security Systems, Premier Signs & Display and Hillarys Blinds. Plus a big special thank you to Peter Makewell and his team at PMI for very kindly donating over £10,000 worth of furniture and help move everything in record time! Our new premises provide a well thought out space for our hardworking staff and volunteers to coordinate all the many fundraising projects and initiatives that raise vital funds to keep both helicopters flying and saving lives.”

VIP guests including key suppliers involved in the move, neighbouring companies on the Business Park and airlifted patients. All had the opportunity to look around the new Head Office, meet the Air Crew, the Fundraising Teams and learn more about how Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust runs its life-saving operation. Following the official opening ceremonies cream teas were served kindly supplied by Wilkin & Sons of Tiptree who also sponsor the Essex Aircraft.

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