I want to say thank you to East Anglian Air Ambulance crew who saved my life

Sandy Sutherland, far right, whose life was saved by the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and his band Th

Sandy Sutherland, far right, whose life was saved by the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and his band The Martells. - Credit: Archant

Sandy Sutherland is living proof of how important the East Anglian Air Ambulance is.

Nine years since suffering a heart-attack on Stoke by Nayland golf course, he’s inviting the crew who airlifted him to hospital to be his special guests at this year’s musical fundraiser.

“It was around 3.30pm, March 1, 2006. I’d like to thank them personally not just for what they did for me, without them I wouldn’t have made it; but for all they do.”

This year will be the seventh charity night Mr Sutherland has organised in aid of the EAAA. His band The Martells will headline with music from the 1960s to the present day from Paul G and The Retros and The Skittlez.

There will also be a raffle, with prizes including a painting donated by the John Russell Gallery; and food.

Compered by Stephen Foster, A Night for the Air Ambulance runs from 6.30pm-midnight at Kesgrave Social Club, this Saturday. Tickets cost £10 and are available by calling 01473 610212 / 405672 / 622128.

“Until something actually happens to you, you don’t actually consider the great work the air ambulance does. It relies on donations and thank God the donations keep coming in. They’re unsung heroes,” added Mr Sutherland.

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