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.