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Paramedics at home at Center Parcs

Press release   •   Apr 21, 2010 00:00 BST

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) is pleased to announce the opening of a new stand-by point for its team of Community Paramedics in north Nottinghamshire. Thanks to a generous offer made by Center Parcs, crews are now using facilities at their Headquarters in the Energy Village, New Ollerton when preparing to deal with the next emergency call.

When they heard that EMAS was looking for a suitable base, Center Parcs bosses decided they were ideally placed to provide the help EMAS was looking for. And within days, an agreement had been reached to provide just what the service needed – at no cost.

The new facility is available for use by community paramedics 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It comprises of an office area within the main building where staff can complete essential paperwork and perform other duties in-between emergencies. Crews will also have access to refreshment facilities when they take their meal breaks. A space right outside the main entrance has also been reserved for them to park their vehicle.

Raj Singh-Dehal, Center Parcs Company Secretary said: “We recognise what a fantastic job the ambulance service do in this part of North Nottinghamshire so we were only too happy to be able to offer some of the space available at our Head Office”.

Richard Henderson, EMAS’ General Manager (Nottinghamshire) added: “We want to say a huge thank you to Center Parcs. EMAS provides a valuable service in the local community and we are delighted that they offered to support us in this way. Having access to a base is important for our paramedic team and the location and high standard facilities now available to them is really welcome.”

The move was supported by leading national law firm, Freeth Cartwright LLP, whose property partner Richard Osborn managed the legal process free of charge.

Contact information

Jessica Marshall-Pearce, Press Officer 
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Notes to Editors

  1. Center Parcs has five Villages across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire which opened to guests on 6 June 2014
  2. As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%
  3. Center Parcs offers weekend, (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks and welcomes over 1.7 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return
  4. The Center Parcs concept is to provide a range of high quality accommodation, shops, restaurants and exceptional leisure facilities, carefully nestled amongst 400 acres of protected forest environment
  5. This concept originated in Holland in 1967, with the first UK Center Parcs opening in 1987. Center Parcs is now a separate entity in the UK, owned by The Blackstone Group
  6. Center Parcs has been awarded the following accolades since 2008: the Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection, Visit Britain 5 Star Rating, Hospitality Assured, Biodiversity Benchmark - Land Management, Carbon Trust Standard, Good Spa Guide Award, ISO14001, Investors in People
  7. Center Parcs has recently been announced ‘Best Family Holiday Provider’ in the Tommy’s Awards for the eleventh year in a row