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.