SARS appeal: a roaring start!

PROMISES of donations have already started to flood in to support the county's volunteer heroes of the road – the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service.The Evening Stars Save a Life campaign was launched on Tuesday to raise £20,000 to buy state of the art communications equipment for SARS.

By Jessica Nicholls

By Jessica Nicholls,

health reporter

jessica.nicholls@eveningstar.co.uk


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PROMISES of donations have already started to flood in to support the county's volunteer heroes of the road – the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS).

The Evening Star's Save a Life campaign was launched on Tuesday to raise £20,000 to buy state-of-the-art communications equipment for SARS.

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Already calls have been flowing in, in support of the doctors who turn out at all times of the day and night in all weathers to get immediate medical attention to those in need.

Our appeal has been given a roaring start after Spedeworth bosses donated £2,000 from takings at their spectacular gala night at Foxhall stadium earlier this month.

On December 14 a fundraising dance is being held at Gresham's, formerly Axa Sports and Social Club, in Tuddenham Road, Ipswich, where half of the money raised will be donated to the Save a Life appeal.

The dance is being organised by the Institute of Motor Industry in Suffolk County and the Institute of Road Transport Engineers. The other half of the money will be donated to cancer charities.

This is not the first time the groups have raised money for SARS. Two years ago when the Evening Star launched its first appeal, they raised £3,500 for the fund.

Tickets for the dance cost £8, available by calling Keith Rodwell on 01473 624538.

The two institutes are also putting on a lecture where a SARS doctor will be explaining the job they do and what it involves.

This is due to take place on December 4 at the County Copdock Hotel at 7.30pm.

Again, call Mr Rodwell on 01473 624538 for information.

Once the £20,000 has been raised the doctors who volunteer for SARS will have new satellite navigation equipment, tracking systems, mobile phones and pagers which will enable them to keep in constant contact with the emergency services and the hospital and to get them to emergencies quicker than ever before.

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