Last autumn saw the HELP Appeal donating £250,000 to the Association. This allowed the British Association for Immediate Care to provide grants totalling just over £217,000 to seven of its affiliated schemes. At the beginning of June, the outstanding monies was distributed as a further round of grants to a further 6 schemes.
All of the grants made are to support the schemes response vehicles, be they scheme or privately owned. This has enabled three schemes to purchase new purpose built response vehicles and for others to enhance their vehicles capabilities through the fitting of emergency warning equipment, satellite navigation, communication and surveillance equipment as well as winter tyres, insurance and safety cages for estate cars. As well as the new vehicles, the grants have enabled 12-new responders to become operational as well as the upgrading of existing vehicles and equipment for over 30 other responding members.
The schemes benefitting from the latest round of grants were BASICS Cornwall, BASICS Dorset, MARS, LIVES, The BEEP Fund and the newly formed BRAVO Medics.