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Chancellor George Osborne pledges £1million to secure a second helicopter for a year
London will get a second air ambulance, Chancellor George Osborne has announced.
Charity London Air Ambulance was handed £1 million as part of yesterday's budget.
The second helicopter is only guaranteed for a year, but it is estimated up to 400 additional patients will be reached as a result.
The charity, founded in 1988, has one helicopter based in Whitechapel and since its inception over 30,000 patients inside the M25 have been treated.
Chief executive Graham Hodgkin said: "This is fantastic news for the people of London as it is thanks to their support we are able to celebrate this milestone in the charity’s development.
"£1million will give us the opportunity to acquire a second helicopter to give London 100 per cent air cover during summer daylight hours and maintenance periods."
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