Friday, 27 August 2010

Events this bank holiday weekend!

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance will have a presence at the following events this weekend:

Kent Miners Festival
Deal Dowling Club
Herne Bay Fire Emergency Day
Hawkinge Cricket Fete
Pilgrims Way Run, Meopham
Dymchurch Day of Syn
Langley Fete

Surrey & Sussex
Wings & Wheels at Dunsfold Park

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Your air ambulance needs you!

Photo L-R: Captain Steve Wood - Pilot, Michael Urdang - HEMS Doctor and Natalie Brodrick - HEMS Paramedic

Surrey Air Ambulance is appealing for volunteers to help with store collections taking place throughout the county during September. The collections will help to raise the profile and funds for the charity and will encompass Air Ambulance week which runs from September 20th.

Members of the public are needed to carry out collections outside supermarkets and donate a couple of hours of their time.

Although the life-saving charity has some registered volunteers, temporary helpers are being sought during the awareness week to help raise vital funds to go towards the £1.7m-a-year cost of keeping the helicopter flying.

Volunteers can be individuals, clubs, groups, societies or business organisations and they do not have to sign up or commit to further volunteering opportunities unless they wish to.

As part of the promotion for Air Ambulance week schools, colleges and businesses are also being urged to dig out their most outrageous shoes for Funky Footwear Friday on 24th September.

County Fundraiser Julie Jenkinson said: “Funky Footwear Friday is now in its fifth year and has been a major success.

“It’s a great way for all generations to get involved and have some fun whilst raising vital funds for our charity.”

All organisations that register for Funky Footwear Friday by the August 31 deadline will be entered into a free prize draw to win a visit from the Air Ambulance crew on a date to be confirmed.

Anyone interested in becoming a temporary volunteer or taking part in Funky Footwear Friday on September 24 is urged to call Julie Jenkinson on 07843 336720.

Application forms for Funky Footwear Friday can be filled in online at

Friday, 20 August 2010

Events this weekend!

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance will have a presence at the following events this weekend:

Signature Care Home, Belting

Capel Music Festival

Priory Meadows

RAFA Shoreham Airshow
Rolls Royce Pistonheads

We hope to see you there!

GPs Who Need GPS

GPs Who Need GPS: The Flying Doctor with our very own Dr Malcolm Russell, on Radio 4 iss a fantastic insight into the commitment of our crew members and the work of Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

You can ‘Listen Now’ by clicking this link: – available for the next 6 days!

Friday, 13 August 2010

Events this weekend!

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance will have a presence at the following events this weekend:

Sainsbury's Crayford Store Collection
Whitstable Harbour Day
Dover Regatta
Combined Opps and Headcorn Aerodrome
The Plough, Sittingbourne

Capel Music Festival fundraiser

Eastbourne Airbourne

We hope to see you there!

Air Ambulances Rise to Road Accident Challenge

Charity air ambulance helicopters from across the region played a major role in dealing with a spate of road traffic accidents across the region at the weekend.

The specialist medical crews of the Surrey and Essex air ambulances were all called into action to treat and fly patients to hospitals with the minimum of delay.

Both the Surrey and Essex were called to a serious crash at Charing, Kent, on Saturday morning in which two young women were injured. The car in which they were travelling from Ashford left the road and collided with a tree.

One girl, in her teens, was flown to the Royal London HospitalKings College Hospital in London. The front seat passenger was taken by land ambulance to the WilliamHarvey Hospital in Ashford and then transferred to a London by Surrey Air Ambulance. The driver also in her teens was taken by Essex Air Ambulance to hospital.

No less than four helicopters went to the scene of an accident in Billingshurst, East Sussex, on Saturday evening, when three teenagers were seriously injured. They included the three charitably funded air ambulances from Kent, Sussex London and the Sussex and police helicopter.

A car, in which the two women and two men, all in their late teens were travelling, was in collision with a lorry at a junction in the road.

Three of the teenagers were taken to specialist hospitals in London and Essex with serious head injuries. The fourth passenger was taken to Worthing Hospital. They were all trapped in the car and had to be cut free by the Fire and Rescue Service. The lorry driver was unhurt.

Director of Operations Leigh Curtis said: “This was a particularly busy weekend for our Air Ambulances and we were fortunate to be able to call on our colleagues at the Essex and London’s Air Ambulance to assist us and the land ambulance crew on scene. It was unusual to have so many helicopters in action at one time but with the number and severity of the injuries that the doctors and paramedics were dealing with it was vital.”

The Air Ambulance services involved in the incidents during the weekend all fly with a specialist doctor and paramedic team who respond to serious medical emergencies.

There are eighteen Air Ambulance services in EnglandWales flying thirty helicopters. On average an Air Ambulance takes off every ten minutes in the UK.

Air Ambulances work alongside all the emergency services but are funded almost entirely by donations from the public. Visit

Friday, 6 August 2010

Events this weekend!

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance will have a presence at the following events this weekend:

Littlestone Emergency Services Day
Brands Hatch

Harley Davidson Rally

Brighton Pride

We hope to see you there!

Ground support from Wilmoths Citroen

A Kent & Sussex car dealership has presented the Air Ambulance with two brand new sponsored cars to help raise awareness of the life-saving charity.

Kent & Sussex Air Ambulance was handed the keys to three 2010 Citroen C3s by Wilmoths Citroen Dealership Principal James Wilmoth.

The cars, which cost £13,400 each, will be used by Kent County Fundraiser Lynn Hyder, East Sussex County Fundraiser Bridget Pepper and newly-appointed West Sussex County Fundraiser Cheryl Johnson.

The vehicles have been branded with the eye-catching Air Ambulance logos, helping to boost the profile of the charity which needs £1.7m-a-year to keep the helicopter flying.

Bridget Pepper said: “Driving around on the roads of Sussex with the Air Ambulance logo emblazoned on the car is such a good way of advertising.

“If it makes people stop, look and find out about us it will have achieved its aim and there is obviously the potential to reach out to thousands which is what we want.”

Wilomoths Citroen, has renewed its partnership with the Air Ambulance after gifting two brand new Citroen Picassos to the charity last year.

Dealership Prinicipal James Wilmoth said: “We believe that working with the Air Ambulance is not just great business sense but it’s also great spiritual sense too.

“It really is true, you just never know when you might need the medical intervention of the doctors and the paramedics on board that helicopter

“I believe it’s really important as a local business to support those who are working hard to help the community. The Air Ambulance is a great cause and deserves the support of local commerce.

“We’re proud to be associated and if our gesture can help make a difference to the life-saving charity, then we’ve played a small part in helping keep such a vital cause flying.”

Wilmoths Citroen, has also provided sponsored cars to Demelza House Children’s Hospice and Hospice, St Wilfrids Hospice in Eastbourne and the Heart of Kent Hospice in a total sponsorship deal worth £130,000.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Chief Executive John Tickner said: “This is an exceptional gift to the charity, something that will make a huge difference operationally from a fundraising perspective and through visible awareness of the charity in our community.

“We’re really very grateful to Wilmoths Citroen for making us their beneficiary at a time when we all find ourselves in a challenging climate.”