Chichester Businesses Working Together to Help Malta Based Charity
Veritas Procurement Services, the Chichester based health and social care consultancy, is delighted to be able to donate three ambulance stretchers to the Emergency Response and Rescue Corps in Malta thanks to the support of A E Parker Ltd also based in Chichester.
This donation builds on the relationship Veritas has with Emergency Response and Rescue Corps (ERRC) in Malta forged following the supply to the charity of a decommissioned Ambulance two years ago from South Central Ambulance Service. Last year Veritas established a training link for ERRC supplied by West Sussex Fire and Rescue.
Richard Nicholson, director of Veritas comments: “As a long standing visitor to Gozo and Malta, the charity is dear to my heart and I am indebted to the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service which has gifted the stretchers and to A E Parker Ltd for their generosity in helping us transport them to Malta. This mission is very much in line with our ethos as a company, which is to get equipment to the people who need it.”
A E Parker, the haulage company based in Chichester, was keen to help. As Managing Director John Parker comments: “It is not often a logistics and haulage firm can get involved in directly helping a charity, so when we were approached by Veritas, we were keen to do what we could. Our international network means we are easily able to slot the journey into our schedule and ensure the stretchers get to where they’re needed”
The Emergency Response and Rescue Corps charity was established early in 2011 based on the Maltese island of Gozo following the demise of the Red Cross base on the island. Etienne Micallef, General Secretary of the Emergency Response and Rescue Corps, comments: “We are sincerely grateful for the donation of these stretchers from Veritas – and the amazing generosity shown by AE Parker in transporting them over to us in Malta. We need high value donations like this to carry on our work, but it is not without realising the costs involved in people donating these items. I would also like to pass on the sincerest thanks and gratitude on the part of all the ERRC volunteers.”
From Chichester, the stretchers are being transported to ERRC in Malta and they are expected to arrive in Malta before Christmas.