A lifesaving charity has been boosted following a cheque from the Queen.

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Officials from the East Anglian Air Ambulance said they had received a “generous”, but undisclosed, donation from the Queen’s Privy Purse Charitable Trust.

The cheque arrived along with a letter from the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk which stated that the Queen had asked for the donation to be made.

Chris Donaldson, fundraising manager for West Norfolk and North Cambridgeshire, said: “The charity is deeply honoured by this generous donation which reflects an awareness of our important life-saving work throughout the region.”

The charity has two dedicated air ambulances, which operate 365 days a year across Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire and needs to raise £7.6m every year to keep operating. One of its air ambulances began night flying last year.

For more information on the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, visit www.eaaa.org.uk or call 08450 669 999.

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