THE HAMPSHIRE and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has announced that a new and improved helicopter will soon be saving lives in the region.

From June, the charity will use the more up-to-date model of the Eurocopter 135 that boasts the latest in technological advances.

Tony Nicholson, chairman of the charity, said: “We are very happy to have been able to arrange this with our partner, Bond Air Services. Everything that helps our crews to deliver this vital service has to be good news for all those who depend on us.”