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.