The association was formed in November 1985, when six retired former London Ambulance Service (LAS) members of staff including Eric Smith (ex staff side chairman) and Bob Walton, our current President who was then Chief Ambulance Officer, were invited to the office of Mrs Ann Willmott, then welfare officer of the LAS to discuss the possibility of forming such a concern and to continue the camaraderie that had been generated after many years of service.