Friday, 17 November 2017

Surrey resident wins BMW in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance's Win a Car Draw

Photo: BMW winner Timothy Kane, KSSAAT Deputy Director Bridget Pepper and Barnett Hill Hotel General Manager General Manager Tim Hall

Timothy Kane from Walton-on-Thames has won a BMW 1 Series in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance's Win a Car Draw, which raised enough money to fund 86 potentially life-saving missions.

Mr Kane bought the winning ticket from the charity's Deputy Director, Bridget Pepper, while shopping at Waitrose in Haywards Heath last month.

He was treated to a champagne reception and lunch this week, courtesy of the four star Barnett Hill Hotel in Guildford where he met with representatives of the charity and chose the colour of his new car – mineral grey.

Mr Kane said: "When Bridget asked if I wanted to buy a £5 ticket, I wasn't sure whether to or not and I'm so glad I did now. It is an amazing service and I'm astounded that it's a charity. Prior to my interaction with them, I had no idea of the scale and complexity of their brilliant work, so I was delighted to hear how much money was raised through this draw.

"When I got the call to say I'd won this fantastic prize, my first reaction was disbelief! I feel very privileged to have won and I can't wait to pick up the keys."

Thousands of tickets were sold at more than 100 shopping centres, stores and events across Kent, Surrey and Sussex and Mr Kane was the top prize winner of the car worth £23,000. The draw took place on Thursday 2nd November at the charity's base in Marden and there was also a second prize of £1,000 and a third prize of a helicopter pleasure flight.

The campaign was again supported by Barretts of Canterbury, who very kindly provided the charity with a promotional car (pictured) to use during the six-month campaign.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance relies almost entirely on public support to raise the £6.5million a year it needs to respond to the most critically ill and injured patients in the region.

Each time the charity's crews are called out to a patient it costs about £2,500, so the outstanding sum of money raised from this year's Win a Car raffle is enough to fund 86 potentially life-saving missions.

 

 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Flying instructor thanks team who saved his life

Photo, L-R: Nurses Helen Cunningham and Molly Bartlett,  Phil James, paramedic Craig Prentice and nurse Andy Kyeremeh

A flying instructor has been reunited with the team of medics who saved his life after he suffered a cardiac arrest at the wheel of his car.

Phil James, a father and grandfather, was on his way to work at Redhill Aerodrome when he suddenly fell ill, veered across the road and collided with another car in South Nutfield.

East Surrey Hospital nurses Molly Bartlett and Andy Kyeremeh, who were also on their way to work, were first on scene and carried out CPR along with Helen Cunningham, a nurse who was also passing by.

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance crew then arrived on scene and their doctor, Jonathan Leung, and paramedic, Craig Prentice, helped to successfully resuscitate Phil at the roadside. Phil was then flown to the specialist coronary care unit at St George's Hospital in London in under eight minutes, where he spent 13 days and had an internal defibrillator fitted.

Phil has since made a good recovery and recently met the people who had worked together to save his life, at the air ambulance base at Redhill.

He said: "Before the accident, I remember driving very slowly and just not feeling right. After that, the next thing I remember was waking up in St George's Hospital. I'm so grateful to Helen, Molly and Andy for acting so quickly, and to Jonathan and Craig for their subsequent response and further treatment – I really do owe them my life."

Phil and Craig (Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance paramedic), already knew each other through their connection in flying light aircraft. Phil said: "I bumped into Craig just the day before. He was with his colleague, Dr Jonathan Leung and introduced us. I had a good chat with them and ended the conversation by saying that I hoped I never needed them. The very next day, I did need them."

Phil had no history of heart trouble prior to suffering a cardiac arrest. He is unable to drive or fly for six months but is expected to make a full recovery.

Craig said: "When someone has a cardiac arrest, it is very much a team effort within the chain of survival from the initial first aid, to the ambulance service arriving, to the onward treatment at hospital. It was great to see Phil back on his feet and looking well so soon."

Fiona Allsop, chief nurse at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, added: "I am so proud to know that the selfless actions of Molly and Andy made such a significant difference to Phil and I am delighted to learn that he is on the road to recovery."

 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Borstal Bowls Club raises enough funds to save 4 lives

Photo: Air ambulance volunteer Simon Hancock pictured with members of Borstal Bowls Club cheque presentation

Members of Borstal Bowls Club have raised enough funds to help the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance save four lives.

Last month (15th July), they once again held their annual charity match in memory of a founding member.

They gathered at the Wouldham Road club again last weekend (5th August) to present £1,258.27 to the charity, taking their total funds raised to £11,852.90.

Each incident attended by the charity costs in the region of £2,500 so the substantial sum raised over the years is enough to fund 4 potentially life-saving missions.

John Platt, President and Chairman of Borstal Bowls Club, said: "The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is a life-saving charity we can't do without. It's an essential service and you never know when you may need it.

"It's a marvellous cause that we do this for because they make a real difference to the community. I'm so pleased that we have raised this amount, which is tremendous for a small club and deserves recognition."

Nick Turrell, Community Fundraising Manager at the charity, said "We are so grateful to Borstal Bowls Club for their continued outstanding efforts in raising funds for us. We couldn't continue our vital work without the wonderful support of local groups."

Borstal Bowls Club was founded in 1990 and the green was opened by the Mayoress of Rochester who bowled the first wood.

 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Millbrook Garden Centre complete 60-mile Charity Walk for air ambulance

Photo, L-R: The Millbrook Walkers: From left to right: Tracey Bowler, Liz Dowling, Tammy Woodhouse, Ben Woodhouse, Kerry Smith, Louise English, Christy Briley

Congratulations to the Millbrook Garden Company staff members who managed to walk between all three of their Garden Centres, from Millbrook Gravesend in Kent, to Millbrook Crowborough in East Sussex via their Staplehurst, Kent, centre this weekend.

The team made the epic 60-mile walk over 3 days - Friday 4th to Sunday 6th August with the aim of raising money for the company's chosen charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

Each journey made by the life-saving Air Ambulance costs £2,500 and they receive no Government funding, relying almost entirely on charitable donations and fundraising. Millbrook therefore set a fundraising target of £5,000 - enough for launching the Air Ambulance twice. The money is still coming in but so far the total is nearly £4,564 – a fantastic achievement - and the team are confident that those aching legs, blisters and sore feet will take them to their £5,000 target and possibly beyond!

Millbrook at Crowborough was the original Garden Centre in the Millbrook stable. Millbrook owners, Dick and Sue Allen, bought the Gravesend site in 1994 and realised it would be possible to walk between the sites using part of the Weald Way, but nobody had taken up the challenge until now.

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust provides a Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), responding to patients who have suffered trauma or serious medical emergencies. They operate 24 hours a day, ensuring they can be there for the most critically ill and injured people in the region.

They operate two aircraft – one from their Marden base in daylight hours, and the other from their Redhill base 24 hours a day. This means that no matter where you are in Kent, Surrey or Sussex, you are never more than 20 minutes away from the life-saving care that only they can bring directly to your side.

The Millbrook team hopes that their walk will inspire others to support this charity and visit their Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/millbrookgc to donate.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Grant of £4,000 from Surrey Freemasons to air ambulance

Photo: Surrey Freemasons presenting a cheque for £4,000 to the air ambulance

A grant of £4,000 from Surrey Freemasons was presented to crew members of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance last week (Thursday 16th June 2017).

A cheque presentation was held at the charity's Redhill base, followed by a talk from Director of Operations, Leigh Curtis, about how their continuing support has made such a difference.

The grant, which comes from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, is funded by Freemasons and their families across England and Wales.

The life-saving charity operates throughout the South East covering an area of 3,500 square miles and a population of 4.5 million people.

So far this year, their crews have been called to more than 900 missions, helping the most critically ill and injured people in the region.

During 2017, Freemasons around the country will be presenting 20 regional air ambulance charities with grants totalling £180,000.

Lynne Harris, Director of Income Generation for the charity, said: "We are so grateful to Surrey Freemasons for their continuing generosity. Without support like this, we simply would not be able to continue our life-saving work."

David Olliver, of Surrey Freemasons, said: "We are so pleased to continue supporting the great work of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. Supporting the work they carry out in our communities every day is something to be proud of."

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance relies almost entirely on public donations to raise in excess of £6.5million each year. To find out more, go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk

 

Grant from West Kent Freemasons brings total funds raised to £2.1million

Photo: Roland Stokes, of West Kent Freemasons, presents £4,000 grant to air ambulance

A grant of £4,000 to Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance from West Kent Freemasons has brought the total Masonic support given to air ambulance charities across the country to £2.1million since 2007.

The life-saving charity operates throughout the South East covering an area of 3,500 square miles and a population of 4.5million people.

So far this year, their crews have been called to more than 900 missions, helping the most critically ill and injured people in the region.

The grant, which comes from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, is funded by Freemasons and their families across England and Wales.

During 2017, Freemasons around the country will be presenting 20 regional air ambulance charities with grants totalling £180,000.

Lynne Harris, Director of Income Generation for the charity, said: "We are so grateful to West Kent Freemasons for their continuing generosity. Without support like this, we simply would not be able to continue our life-saving work."

Roland Stokes, of West Kent Freemasons, said: "We are proud to be able to support Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. Thanks to the tireless efforts of their crews, many lives of local people are saved every year."

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance relies almost entirely on public donations to raise in excess of £6.5million each year. To find out more, go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk

 

Air Ambulance doctor given Queen's accolade

Photo: Professor Richard Lyon MBE

Professor Richard Lyon, Associate Medical Director of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT), has been awarded an MBE for Services to Emergency Healthcare in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Professor Lyon is being rewarded for his commitment, his pioneering pre-hospital research and his work as a volunteer responder to medical emergencies. He has been with KSSAAT since 2012 and leads the KSSAAT research and development programme, including pre-hospital blood transfusion and pre-hospital anaesthesia.

Adrian Bell, Chief Executive of KSSAAT, said he was delighted that Professor Lyon's work in emergency healthcare has been recognised in this way:

"Richard is a true inspiration to all those who work with him. His achievements to date are a clear indication that his work remains entirely patient focused. My heartfelt thanks go to him for all he has done and continues to do for this charity."

Professor Lyon, who also volunteers with the British Association of Immediate Care responding to accidents and life-threatening emergencies, said he was humbled to receive the award:

"Working on the frontline of emergency medicine for over a decade, I have seen life at its extremes - both cruel and kind. I have been lucky enough to care for some of the bravest patients and their families and I am privileged to work with paramedics, doctors, pilots and nurses of the very highest calibre on a daily basis."

Professor Lyon has a passionate interest in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, trauma and resuscitation; his research has ultimately led to changes in local and national practice in pre-hospital and air ambulance care, with many lives saved as a result.

He is a volunteer doctor on the UK International Search and Rescue Team and, supported by KSSAAT, deployed as part of the rescue and humanitarian relief effort to the Nepal Earthquake.

In addition, he holds the Chair of Pre-hospital Emergency Care at the University of Surrey. As well as his research interests, he is a passionate speaker, always aiming to inspire others to learn, improve and save lives. He regularly volunteers to train first responders and ambulance crews in the latest emergency medicine techniques.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Shoppers raise £1,418 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

Photo: The Win a BMW promotion at Heathfield Waitrose

Shoppers in Heathfield raised more than £1,400  for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a BMW 1 Series worth £23,000.

Staff and volunteers from the charity sold tickets for the Win a BMW Draw at the Station Road store last week (May 17th & 18th).

A grand total of £1,418.94 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the service, which relies almost entirely on public support to continue its vital work.

James Cook, Head of Lotteries & Gaming, said: "We are so grateful to Waitrose in Heathfield for giving us a new platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their fantastic support."

Tickets for the car raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk with the draw taking place on November 2nd.

The winner can pick the colour of their car and there will also be a second and third prize of £1,000 and a helicopter pleasure flight from Redhill Aerodrome, where one of the charity's aircraft is based.

The five door BMW sports hatch boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, on-board computer, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth handsfree function, USB audio and a rain sensor.

Supporters can also buy a ticket for the Win a BMW Draw at this weekend's Heathfield Show. The charity's stall will be situated opposite the fairground.

 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Shoppers raise £1,600 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

Photo: Win a BMW – the promotional car

Shoppers in Burgess Hill raised more than £1,600 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a BMW 1 Series worth £23,000.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the Win a BMW draw at Market Place Shopping Centre last week (3rd – 5th May).

A grand total of £1,604.11 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the charity, which relies almost entirely on public support to continue its vital service.

A woman whose husband was airlifted after a gliding accident at Storrington was among the supporters who bought a ticket. He has since made a full recovery.

Tickets for the car raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk with the draw taking place on November 2nd.

This year, there will also be a second and third prize of £1,000 and a helicopter pleasure flight from Redhill Aerodrome where one of the charity's aircraft is based.

James Cook, Head of Lotteries & Gaming, said: "Our car raffle is a brilliant way to support our vital work, whilst giving people the opportunity to win a brand new BMW this November. We are so grateful to Market Place Shopping Centre, and to the general public, for supporting us so well in the community."

Last year's car raffle raised enough money to fund 100 potentially life-saving missions, and was won by Mrs Cox from Canterbury.

 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Car raffle winner bought ticket on Friday 13th

Photo: Rowhill Grange Business Development Manager Jessica McKechie, Mrs Cox and her husband pictured with the promotional car

Jennifer Cox from Canterbury has won a brand new convertible Mini Cooper in the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust's raffle campaign, which raised enough money to fund around 100 life-saving missions.

Jennifer Cox bought the winning ticket at Whitefriars Shopping Centre in Canterbury on Friday 13th May last year.

Jennifer and her husband were treated to a champagne reception and lunch yesterday (Tuesday 11th April) at the Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa in Dartford.

She said: "I was stunned to hear that my ticket was drawn on Friday 31st March – I thought it was an April Fools joke when the charity called to say I'd won! I was so shocked because I've never won anything other than an apron and a cookery book in a raffle at my local group. I still can't believe it.

"I bought two tickets for the raffle because the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust is such a good cause and I wouldn't have walked by and not contributed. I'm absolutely delighted to have won."

More than 180 promotions were held throughout the year at events, shopping centres and supermarkets, giving members of the public the opportunity to buy their ticket.

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust relies almost entirely on public support to raise the £6.5million needed to provide the service.

Each time one of the charity's helicopters is tasked, the cost is around £2,500 so the fantastic sum raised is enough to fund around 100 life-saving missions.

Chief Executive, Adrian Bell, said: "We are extremely grateful to all the venues that have given us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their huge generosity.

"The charity is very much a community asset and, as such, should always be at the heart of the community we serve."

The charity is launching another car raffle at the end of the month for the chance to win a BMW 1 Series.

There will also be a second prize of £1,000 and a third prize of a helicopter pleasure flight from Redhill Aerodrome.

The draw will be held on 2nd November 2017.

 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Shoppers raise £843 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

Photo: Air Ambulance volunteer Shahna Thwaites

Shoppers at Haskins Roundstone raised almost £1,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car, which will be drawn next week (Friday 31st March).

A volunteer for the life-saving charity, who was airlifted after a car accident, helped to sell tickets for the Win a Mini Draw at the Angmering store on Sunday (19th March).

A grand total of £843.66 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the charity which relies almost entirely on public support to keep it flying.

Head of Lotteries & Gaming, James Cook, said: "We are extremely grateful to Haskins Roundstone for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their fantastic support."

Haskins Roundstone has been supporting the charity for a number of years and has previously raised more than £6,000 from its Wishing Well donations.

Tickets for the Win a Mini Draw cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk with the draw taking place on 31st March 2017, making it the perfect prize for the summer months.

The £19,000 convertible Mini Cooper, a brand new model, boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, on-board computer, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth hands free function, USB audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

 

Shoppers raise £1,121 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

Photo: Win a Mini promotion at The Orchards Shopping Centre

Shoppers in Haywards Heath raised more than £1,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car, which will be drawn next week (Friday 31st March).

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the Win a Mini Draw at The Orchards Shopping Centre last weekend (17th and 18th March).

A grand total of £1,121.75 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the charity, which relies almost entirely on public support to keep it flying.

A mother whose son was airlifted after he was hit by a car while walking his dog, was among the shoppers who bought a ticket.

James Cook, Head of Lotteries & Gaming, said: "We are extremely grateful to Orchards Shopping Centre for once again giving us the opportunity to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their fantastic support."

Tickets for the Win a Mini Draw cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk with the draw taking place on 31st March 2017, making it the perfect prize for the summer months.

The £19,000 convertible Mini Cooper, a brand new model, boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, on-board computer, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth hands free function, USB audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Shoppers raise £1,261 for air ambulance

Photo: A previous Win a Mini promotion at Westwood Cross Shopping Centre

Shoppers in Broadstairs raised more than £1,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car, which will be drawn next week (Friday, March 31st).

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the Win a Mini Draw at Westwood Cross Shopping Centre earlier this month (10th and 11th March).

A grand total of £1,261.58 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the charity which relies almost entirely on public support to keep it flying.

James Cook, Head of Lotteries & Gaming, said: "We are extremely grateful to Westwood Cross Shopping Centre for helping us to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their fantastic support."

Tickets for the Win a Mini Draw cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk with the draw taking place on March 31st, 2017, making it the perfect prize for the summer months.

The £19,000 convertible Mini Cooper, a brand new model, boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, on-board computer, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth hands free function, USB audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

 

Shoppers raise £2,734 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

Photo: Win a Mini promotion at the Arndale Centre

Shoppers in Eastbourne raised almost £3,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car, which will be drawn next week (March 31st).

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the Win a Mini Draw at the Arndale Centre earlier this month (3rd to 5th March).

A grand total of £2,734.42 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the charity, which relies almost entirely on public support to keep it flying.

An Eastbourne District General Hospital worker who previously won £25,000 in the charity's Superdraw lottery was among the shoppers who bought a ticket.

James Cook, Head of Lotteries & Gaming, said: "We are extremely grateful to the Arndale Centre for helping us to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their fantastic support.

"Each time our crews are called to an incident, the average cost is £2,500 so the fantastic sum raised is enough to fund a potentially life-saving mission."

Tickets for the Win a Mini Draw cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk with the draw taking place on 31st March 2017, making it the perfect prize for the summer months.

The £19,000 convertible Mini Cooper, a brand new model, boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, on-board computer, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth hands free function, USB audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

 

Shoppers raise £1,968 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

Photo: Win a Mini at Waitrose Hailsham

Shoppers in Hailsham raised almost £2,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car, which will be drawn next week (31st March).

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the Win a Mini Draw at Waitrose last week (13th and 14th March).

A grand total of £1,968.20 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the charity, which relies almost entirely on public support to keep it flying.

A mother whose son was airlifted after he was hit by a go-kart at a soap box derby was among the supporters at the Vicarage Field store. He has since made a good recovery.

James Cook, Head of Lotteries & Gaming, said: "We are extremely grateful to Hailsham Waitrose and the landowners for giving us the opportunity to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their fantastic support.

"Each time our crews are called to an incident, the average cost is £2,500 so the fantastic sum raised is enough to fund a potentially life-saving mission."

Tickets for the Win a Mini Draw cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk with the draw taking place on Friday, March 31st, making it the perfect prize for the summer months.

The £19,000 convertible Mini Cooper, a brand new model, boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, on-board computer, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth hands free function, USB audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

 

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Shoppers raise £3,948 for air ambulance

Photo: The Win a Mini promotion at The Belfry

Shoppers in Redhill and Horley raised almost £4,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car, which will be drawn later this month (March 31st)

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for its Win a Mini Draw at The Belfry Shopping Centre and Waitrose in Horley last month.

A grand total of £3,948.20 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the air ambulance, which relies almost entirely on public support to keep it flying.

James Cook, Head of Lotteries & Gaming, said: "We are extremely grateful to Waitrose Horley for their continued support, and to The Belfry for giving us a new venue to connect with members of the public, and raise awareness of the fact that we are a charity.'.

"Anybody could have the need for our service, and it is important to us to spread the word about our crews' advanced skills and expertise. We would like to thank the public for their tremendous support throughout this Mini promotion."

Tickets for the Win a Mini Draw cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk with the draw taking place on 31st March 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

The £19,000 convertible Mini Cooper, a brand new model, boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, on-board computer, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth hands free function, USB audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

 

Shoppers raise £1,111 for air ambulance

Photo: The Win a Mini promotion at The Mall Maidstone

Shoppers in Maidstone raised more than £1,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car later this month (March 31st).

Staff and volunteers for the Marden-based charity sold tickets for its Win a Mini Draw at The Mall shopping centre last week (February 21st – 23rd).

A grand total of £1,111.32 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on public support to keep it flying.

James Cook, Head of Lotteries & Gaming, said: "We are extremely grateful to The Mall for giving us a new venue to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their fantastic support."

Tickets for the Win a Mini Draw cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk with the draw taking place on 31st March 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

The £19,000 convertible Mini Cooper, a brand new model, boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, on-board computer, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth hands free function, USB audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

  • A further £245.50 was raised from another Win a Mini promotion at Notcutts in Newnham Court on Sunday (February 26th).

Monday, 27 February 2017

Lions hit £250,000 night flying appeal target

Photo: Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff pictured with a response car donated by the Lions

Lions clubs across the South East have successfully raised a quarter of a million pounds to support the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in its ambition to deliver a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) 24 hours a day.

South East Lions Clubs pledged to raise £250,000 over a 10-year period in June 2012. The charity began operating a 24-hour service just over a year later and the Lions have now reached their fundraising target – five years ahead of schedule.

Some of the club members were given a tour of the Redhill-based aircraft this week, with a presentation by Director of Operations, Leigh Curtis, who told them that more than 1,600 patients had now benefitted from the 24-hour service.

Howard Lee, Chairman of the South East Lions Night Flying Appeal, said: "Lions are all about helping those in need within the community, which is exactly what the Air Ambulance is there for. We are really pleased to have been the catalyst to the development of the night flying service, and we will continue to work with them in other ways to help save more lives."

Prior to night operation, the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance operated two helicopters, with two crews working during daylight hours only. Then, in 2013, the charity replaced one of its aircraft with a newer helicopter, with night flying capabilities, covering Kent, Surrey and Sussex from Redhill.

Recently, some of the £250,000 raised by the Lions was used to buy two response cars to allow the doctor and paramedic team to deliver enhanced care to patients throughout the night.

Lynne Harris, Director of Income Generation for the charity, said: "We are so grateful to the Lions for achieving their incredible fundraising target at this early stage. They should be immensely proud of the difference they have made to those who need us. We are delighted that our partnership with the Lions is set to continue."

Lions Clubs across the South East and South London have been raising funds and providing services and facilities to their local communities for nearly 70 years, helping to make a difference to those in need and in less fortunate circumstances.

 

Friday, 10 February 2017

George wins £7,000 in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Lottery

Photo: Superdraw winner George Osborne

A grandfather from Deal has won more than £7,000 in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance's lottery.

Retired miner, George Osborne, signed up to the life-saving charity's Regular Lottery and Superdraw in January last year.

The grandfather of five scooped the jackpot in the Superdraw with lucky numbers 7, 29, 32 and 34, winning a grand total of £7,025.04.

George said: "I'm shocked to have won and can't get my head around it! I've only ever won small amounts – nothing on this scale. The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is a great cause and I'm happy to have contributed to their great work."

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance's Regular Lottery costs just £1 per week and there are 12 winners drawn each week with prizes ranging from £25 to £1,000.

For an extra £1 a week, players can join the Superdraw which has a maximum jackpot of £25,000. To join the lottery go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/lottery or call 01622 833 833.

 

Monday, 6 February 2017

Shoppers raise £1,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

Photo: The Mall, Camberley

Shoppers in Camberley raised almost £1,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter.

Staff and volunteers sold tickets for the Win a Mini Draw at The Mall last month (January 25th – 26th).

A grand total of £994.46 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the charity, which relies almost entirely on public support.

Head of Lotteries & Gaming, James Cook, said: "We are really grateful to The Mall for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their tremendous support over the two days."

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new aircraft, an AW169, which is expected to be operational soon.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic crews to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster.

The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for the delivery of more life-saving interventions.

Tickets for the Win a Mini Draw cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk with the draw taking place on 31st March 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

The £19,000 convertible Mini Cooper, a brand new model, boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, front foglights, on-board computer, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

 

Airlifted cyclist on 24 Hours in A&E

Photo: Niki arriving at St George's Hospital

A cyclist airlifted to hospital after a crash in the London to Brighton Bike Ride is to be featured in TV medical documentary 24 Hours in A&E  tomorrow (Tuesday).

Niki, 34, was taking part in the annual charity event last year when he collided with another cyclist at South Nutfield.

He suffered head and arm injuries and had to be given emergency treatment at the road-side by Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance's doctor and paramedic.

He was flown by the Redhill-based helicopter to the specialist neurological unit at St George's Hospital in London, in just 12 minutes.

His friend Chris was ahead of him in the race when he was found unconscious and unresponsive by race volunteers.

Chris said: "I heard about the accident when I got to one of the stopping points. I was thinking this has to be one of the worst things that could possibly ever happen. He was unconscious and he'd been airlifted to hospital."

24 Hours in A&E shows Niki arriving on the rooftop helipad at St George's where consultant Paul prepared his team and talked about his fears for Niki.

He said: "If you hear that a HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) call is coming in, you know that this is going to be one of the most sick patients you are going to see."

As doctors assessed Niki's injuries, it became obvious that his memory had been affected by the impact as he struggled to recall details of the crash.

Paul added: "If patients have lost part of their memory, that suggests that their brain has taken a big impact and that immediately alerts you."

Staff at St George's were still trying to contact Niki's wife Phill 300 miles away in the North East as he underwent CT scans.

When she finally arrived at the hospital, Phill spoke about how she and Niki bonded over a mutual love of Monty Python after a night out in Redcar. She moved there to live with her grandmother after losing her parents at a young age.

She said: "He was just really east to get on with, we sat and talked about nerd stuff all night. If anything had have happened differently, I wouldn't have met Niki. I wouldn't change anything because I'd rather have him than what I could have had."

24 Hours in A&E is on tomorrow (Tuesday) at 9pm and if you would like to find out more about the air ambulance or make a donation, go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk

Thursday, 26 January 2017

New Year, New Challenge!

Photo: Brighton 10K runner Nicki Mason

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has the perfect opportunity for those looking for a New Year challenge – places in the Brighton 10K on Sunday 9th April 2017! Don't miss out on the opportunity to achieve a personal goal and soak up the fantastic atmosphere in the glorious setting of Brighton, whilst raising funds for a great cause.

Last year, Nicki Mason joined the charity's Brighton 10K team after her 12 year old son was airlifted to a London major trauma centre, having suffered a fractured skull when he fell from cliffs.

Nicki said: "After everything this amazing charity did for Archie, I wanted to give something back to say thank you. Being part of the charity's team and experiencing the atmosphere was amazing. Having Archie there cheering me on with my family and friends is something I'll never forget!"

All team members will be invited to a pre-race meeting where John Feeney from Pure Sports Performance will be present to answer your questions, along with the opportunity to meet the charity's crew and have a tour of the helicopter (subject to medical emergencies). Runners will also receive support and advice from the charity's fundraising team and a personalised running vest.

Head of Community Engagement, Lauren Elphick, said: "We would be delighted to welcome people to our team! We don't just offer a running place – we offer an experience to remember. Our cheer squads will be there on the day to keep you motivated! We will also be waiting in the finish tent to give you a heroes welcome, with well deserved post-race refreshments and sports massage available."

For more details, call Lauren on 01622 833 833, email laurene@kssairambulance.org.uk or go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/involved/BrightonMarathon

Monday, 23 January 2017

Berry Gardens bake off raises plenty of dough

Photo: L-R, Air Ambulance paramedic Adam Ormrod and Jacqui Green at the Marden helicopter base

A Tonbridge fruit supplier held a bake off to help raise £1,300 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter.

Berry Gardens Ltd picked the life-saving charity as their 2016 Charity of the Year.

They also sold copies of their annual calendar to support the service and held a golf day which raised more than £600.

Winner of the golf day, Peter Kenyon, of Cripps Solicitors, kindly chipped in with a donation to take the total raised on the day to £1,000.

Berry Gardens Sales & Procurement Director, Jacqui Green, said: "As a Kent-based company with the majority of our staff living in the area, we wanted to support a local charity that can make a significant difference to peoples' lives. 

"As a company we vote on which charity to support each year and the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance was a natural choice for us. 

"Whilst we all hope we will not need their services, it is reassuring to know that it's available 365 days of the year through ongoing fundraising. We are really proud to donate to such a great cause."

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new aircraft, an AW169, which is expected to be operational soon.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic crews to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster.

The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for the delivery of more life-saving interventions.

Head of Corporate Relations for the charity, Julie Clare, said: "The support from Berry Gardens is fantastic. Support and generosity from local businesses makes a real difference to us – it means we can continue our life-saving work, reaching the most critically ill and injured patients who need us."

Specialising in berries and cherries, Berry Gardens has two sites in Kent; its head office at Five Oak Green and pack house at Linton, supported by several farms.

 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Shoppers raise £2,718 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

Photo, L-R: Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, Paramedic, Adam Ormrod and Doctor, Ed Clitheroe

Generous shoppers at Marks & Spencer in Bexhill raised almost £3,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter.

Staff and volunteers sold tickets for the Win a Mini Draw at the Ravenside Retail Park store last month (December 19th – 21st).

The grand total of £2,718.79 raised in ticket sales and donations is enough to fund one potentially life-saving mission.

Air ambulance Head of Lotteries & Gaming, James Cook, said: "We are really grateful to Marks & Spencer Bexhill for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their tremendous support over the three days."

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new aircraft, an AW169, which is expected to be operational soon.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic crews to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster.

The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for the delivery of more life-saving interventions.

Tickets for the Win a Mini Draw cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk with the draw taking place on 31st March 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

The £19,000 convertible Mini Cooper, a brand new model, boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, front foglights, on-board computer, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

 

Shoppers raise £1,883 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

Photo, L-R: Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, Paramedic, Adam Ormrod and Doctor, Ed Clitheroe

Shoppers at the Co-op, Heathfield, raised almost £2,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter.

Staff and volunteers sold tickets for the Win a Mini Draw at the High Street store last month (December 9th – 11th).

A grand total of £1,883.83 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the charity, which relies almost entirely on public support.

Head of Lotteries & Gaming, James Cook, said: "We are really grateful to the Co-op for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their tremendous support over the three days."

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new aircraft, an AW169, which is expected to be operational soon.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic crews to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster.

The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for the delivery of more life-saving interventions.

Tickets for the Win a Mini Draw cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk with the draw taking place on 31st March 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

The £19,000 convertible Mini Cooper, a brand new model, boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, front foglights, on-board computer, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

 

Shoppers raise £7,349 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

Photo, L-R: Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, Paramedic, Adam Ormrod and Doctor, Ed Clitheroe

Generous shoppers in Burgess Hill have raised more than £7,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter.

Staff and volunteers sold tickets for the Win a Mini Draw at Market Place Shopping Centre last month (December 1st – 4th).

A total of £2,179.19 was raised in ticket sales and donations following a previous six day promotion in May which raised £5,169.90.

The grand total of £7,349.09 is enough to fund three potentially life-saving missions.

Air ambulance Head of Lotteries & Gaming, James Cook, said: "We are really grateful to Market Place Shopping Centre for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their tremendous support."

The charity has taken delivery of a new aircraft, an AW169, which is expected to be operational soon.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic crews to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster.

The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for the delivery of more life-saving interventions.

Tickets for the Win a Mini Draw cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk with the draw taking place on 31st March 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

The £19,000 convertible Mini Cooper, a brand new model, boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, front foglights, on-board computer, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Barretts panto raises £5,555 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

Photo: Paul Barrett and air ambulance volunteer Paul Butt pictured with the cast of Dick Whittington at the Marlowe Theatre.

Barretts of Canterbury has raised more than £5,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance through this season's pantomime production of Dick Whittington.

Managing Director, Paul Barrett, was joined on stage at the Marlowe Theatre today (Friday) by all the cast ahead of their matinee performance as they presented a cheque to one of the charity's volunteers, Paul Butt.

The cast was headed by TV presenter, entertainer and former magician Stephen Mulhern, and also featured Vladimir Georgievsky of Britain's Got Talent and West End stars John Barr (Les Miserables), Lisa Davina Phillip (Matilda) and Ben Carruthers (Wicked).

They presented a cheque for £5,555 to the charity, after Barretts of Canterbury hired the theatre for a special performance for employees, and their families and friends, and donated the proceeds.

The annual fundraising event has so far raised a grand total of £18,855 for the charity in just four years, which is enough to fund seven potentially life-saving missions. Funds were also raised for Porchlight and Pilgrims Hospices.

Paul, who is a Trustee of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, said: "It was a great evening out for us all and we are delighted to be able to support these fabulous local charities, who are doing such good work in our communities."

Lynne Harris, Director of Income Generation for the charity, said: "We are really grateful for the support of Barretts of Canterbury for such a generous donation and the amazing support they have given us over the last four years. The money they have raised will make such difference to those who need us."

Barretts of Canterbury has also supported the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance for the last two years for their 'Win a MINI' raffle campaigns.

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance relies almost entirely on voluntary donations and fundraising in order to deliver enhanced pre-hospital care to the most critically ill and injured patients in the region 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.