Sepura is delighted to have passed a donation of just over £5,000 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance, following a six month period of support for the East Anglian-based charity.
During the first half of 2019, Sepura staff took part in a number of social or personal challenge events, designed to both raise funds and allow employees to meet colleagues from across the business.
One of the major events organised was a Family Open Day at Sepura’s offices on the Cambridge Research Park, featuring opportunities for the families of employees to take part in mechanical engineering tests, write software and understand how to set up a radio for use by a police officer. Sepura are a major STEM employer in Cambridge, and many of the staff greatly enjoyed seeing so many potential future engineers relishing the technical challenges they were faced with.
The most arduous challenge was undertaken by a group of 20 Sepura staff, who took on the 27-mile Yorkshire Peaks Challenge. Despite very challenging weather conditions, the group completed their task in less than 11 hours, well under the planned time.
The Air Ambulance crews are already users of Sepura’s TETRA radios, using the powerful communication devices to link to the national Airwave network and keep other emergency services aware of their location and requirements. The charity will use the funds towards their target of £13 million required every year to extend their operational capability to a 24/7 service.
On receiving the donation, Tammy Swiderski, EAAA’s Community Fundraiser, said: “We are so very grateful to the whole team at Sepura; their entire staff have been so enthusiastic toward the charity and have raised a wonderful amount to support our Mission 24/7 campaign to ensure we can offer emergency aid across East Anglia at any time of day or night. Our thanks again to everyone at Sepura for their hard work.”
Joe McHugh, Sepura’s HR Director, said: “Working with East Anglian Air Ambulance has been enormously rewarding for Sepura. Our staff have risen to the challenge of supporting the charity through a variety of events and it’s been a great motivator for us to know that our radios are being used every day by the EAAA pilots and medics that go on these operations.”
To find out more about the East Anglian Air Ambulance, please visit their website here.