THE news that the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance is now operating a 24/7, round-the-clock service will be welcomed by all.

This incredible charity has saved countless lives over the years.

For such a vital service to be sustained almost entirely by donations for more than 20 years is already a major achievement on its own.

The hard work and dedication by its staff and volunteers is something that should make us incredibly proud of our community spirit.

This proves that, with goodwill and perseverance, our society can move mountains.

Going forward, we hope everyone will continue to do as much as they can to keep this fantastic service flying in the sky.