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Air Ambulance cheque presentation

A fundraising day held in honour of a much-loved member at Centurion Club, St Albans, has raised nearly £25,000 for the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.

Rick Garg sadly passed away on August 17th 2016 at the age of 56 after suffering a heart attack on the golf course; despite the exemplary care of the staff at Harefield Hospital.

Rick, originally from Huddersfield, was a passionate golfer who was a real family man and highly thought of by his fellow members at Centurion Club.

He was an excellent role-model and raised thousands of pounds for worthwhile causes during his life, through a number of charity days and initiatives.

In honour of Rick, the Rick Garg Memorial Trophy took place in July this year at the Club with Rick’s fellow members taking part.

Rick Wilson, member of Centurion Club said: “Rick was the epitome of a gentleman and he was a much-loved member of the community here at Centurion Club.

“He was a dedicated golfer who was popular with staff and fellow members. The Memorial tournament was a fitting way to remember everything that he achieved throughout his life.

“Rick is much-missed by everyone who knew him but we know that his legacy will live on through events such as this.”

Natasha Robertson, Herts Fundraising Manager, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, commented: “We are all so grateful to Centurion Club for organising a golf day in aid of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.

“This event raised an amazing £24,370 which is one of the largest single donations from a Golf Club that we have ever received.

“Donations ensure that our Charity can remain operational and that we can continue to attend an average of 1,000 incidents each year across Essex, Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas. We rely on the generosity and goodwill of the people and businesses of the region to continue our work – we can’t fly without you!”

To make a donation to Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, please visit

To find out more about Centurion Club, see the club website at

Notes to Editor:

  • Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) is a Charity that provides a Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas.
  • The service is provided free of charge but, unlike NHS emergency services, the Charity receives no direct funding from the Government or National Lottery. It costs £500,000 every month to keep the service operational and saving lives, and this would not be possible without the generosity and goodwill of people and businesses of Essex, Hertfordshire and beyond.
  • Each of the Charity’s HEMS teams consist of two Pilots, a Pre-hospital Care Doctor and a Critical Care Paramedic.
  • These teams, made up of highly-skilled individuals, tended to 1077 patients in 2016 and are the backbone of your local life-saving Charity.
  • The fleet, consisting of two Air Ambulances, and four Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs – cars) operates seven days a week from 7am to 9pm. After sunset, the Clinical Team continues to provide the service using Rapid Response Vehicles.
  • In addition, a Rapid Response Vehicle is operational on a Friday and Saturday evening from 6pm until 2am with a Pre-hospital Care Doctor and Critical Care Paramedic.