Londoner's donations get show on the road for Magen David Adom

Meet the man who has funded more than 40 vehicles for Israel's emergency service


Irving Carter is one in a million for Magen David Adom.

The London-based philanthropist has been a key supporter of the Israeli medical emergency service over the past three decades through his charitable trust, the Locker Foundation.

It has funded 28 ambulances, 12 bikes, two mobile blood banks and a mobile intensive care unit. Fifteen of the ambulances are still in service and vehicles currently on the road are valued at £1 million. 

Mr Carter — a semi-retired property investor — and family members were recently in Israel for the dedication of two medicycles and a mobile intensive care unit.

The latter was donated in the name of Mr Carter’s grandson Jack Segal, a  JCoSS pupil, who will celebrate his barmitzvah in September. 

“It looks like an ambulance from the outside but has computers inside,” explained Mr Carter, 73, who is a vice-president of the charity’s UK branch. It can be deployed anywhere in the country.

The medicyles were given in the names of his other grandchildren. His daughter Susie Segal said the dedication was “very emotional and we were very proud. 

“Jack thanked MDA for all the wonderful work they do and said he hopes the ambulance would save lots of lives.”

Daniel Burger, chief executive of MDA UK, said: “The people of Israel owe a great debt of gratitude to Irving Carter and his family for their continued support of MDA.

“We look forward to dedicating a new ambulance for the Old City with the family over Succot.”

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