A Reverend has returned to his East Sheen church after completing a “demanding, difficult and dangerous” mission to save sick and injured Haitians.

Along with his wife, Glynis, Rev Paul Hill of East Sheen Baptist Church travelled to Haiti for his third mission trip to see the 4x4 ambulance he helped raise £20,600 for in action.

The 4x4 has a mobile number printed on the side so anyone needing help can arrange it with one phone call.

Rev Hill said: “We’ve given them the first 999 service but of course the number is longer.”

The couple visited their son Carwyn, who is spending the next 12 months in Cap-Haitien, the country’s second largest city, supporting the Haiti Hospital Appeal (HHA) as it builds a health centre and the hospital.

On his first trip to Haiti in 2006 Rev Hill realised the area had no dedicated ambulance service and set about changing this by securing funds from charitable events and donations and striking a deal with Toyota to buy the vehicle and spares package.

“People are being given something that would help them save lives,” he said.

“We have given help to the helpless.

“It’s already saved a number of lives and it continues to do so.”

The latest trip to Haiti - which Rev Hill explained is considered by the World Council of Churches “to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world outside of a war zone” - saw the former Met Police chief inspector and hostage negotiator travelling alongside his son on private emergency runs and risking run-ins with kidnappers, aggressive guerrilla factions and voodoo drummers.

As well as helping a seriously injured motorcycle casualty, Rev Hill’s son recently used the ambulance to take a dying boy on a seven hour trip to the Dominican Republic for emergency treatment.

In addition to helping provide the ambulance, Rev Hill also gave lessons on how to play touch rugby and the East Sheen Baptist Church and Teddington Baptist Church provided 310 Bibles for eight churches in Gonaives.