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Out with the old-all in a good cause

PUBLISHED: 13:54 19 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

STAFF from BT have decided to donate their company ambulance to a Romanian hospital after taking delivery of a purpose-built life-saving vehicle for their Suffolk headquarters.

STAFF from BT have decided to donate their company ambulance to a Romanian hospital after taking delivery of a purpose-built life-saving vehicle for their Suffolk headquarters.

The workers at Adastral Park in Martlesham, near Ipswich, have teamed up with St John Ambulance and received a new Crusader ambulance that will be used by both BT and the voluntary organisation.

During working hours, Monday to Friday, the vehicle will be used by the Adastral Park Emergency Services with the Whitton Division of the St John Ambulance using it the rest of the time.

Specifically-built for the charity, the ambulance replaces an existing vehicle at the BT site.

It is the existing ambulance which will be making the journey to eastern Europe next month.

BT has handed the ambulance over to Telecom's Eastern European Challenge (Teech), which will take the vehicle to a 104-year-old team hospital in north-eastern Romania.

A team of 40 people, mainly BT workers, will also be taking other much-needed aid to the hospital in Podu Iloaiei during the two week trip, which begins on August 8.

Currently the site only has an old military truck to use as transport and during the visit Teech will completely renovate the maternity building and laundry.

The charity is then planning to return next summer to improve paediatric, medical and children's wards at the hospital, which serves a population of about 70,000 people.

Graham Fayers, co-ordinator for Teech, said: "This hospital is one of the few in that part of Romania that people do not have to pay in some form or other to get

treatment.

"The conditions are horrendous and they are trying to help themselves with staff using their own money to keep things going and when we see that, it gives us more impetus to go and help because they have had such a rough deal."

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