Monday, 22 November 2010

Christmas Presents that Save Lives

Shoppers are being urged to raise much-needed funds for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance by ordering their Christmas presents online.

Buyers can purchase goods at www.everyclick.com/kentairambulance; www.everyclick.com/surreyairambulance; www.everyclick.com/sussexairambulance or www.buy.at/kentairambulance; www.buy.at/surreyairambulance; www.buy.at/sussexairambulance and help keep the helicopter flying at the same time.

Everyclick users can raise money for the life-saving charity for free as they search the web, shop online and trade on e-Bay.

Customers can also buy gifts from High Street giants such as Asda, Littlewoods, Marks & Spencer, H.Samuel, GAME and Zavvi on the separate site Buy.at.

County Fundraiser Lynn Hyder said: “Our lives revolve more and more around the Internet and what better way to take the strain out of High Street shopping than by doing it all at the click of a button.

“Not only will shopping online save time in the queues but it also has the potential to raise hundreds of pounds for a cause which any one of us could need one day.”

Online shoppers pay the same price as they would on the retailer’s main website which is often lower than the High Street price.

Commission from every purchase is given to the charity by the retailer although the percentages vary.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance needs £3.4m a year to keep the helicopter flying and relies almost entirely on voluntary public donations.

If you would like to make a donation to the Air Ambulance please call 01622 833833. Alternatively cheques can be made payable to Kent Air Ambulance Trust, Surrey Air Ambulance or Sussex Air Ambulance and posted to Wheelbarrow Park Estate, Pattenden Lane, Marden, Kent, TN12 9QJ

Friday, 19 November 2010

Events this weekend!

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

Kent
Live Motor Show at Brands Hatch
Canterbury Midas Craft Fair

Sussex
Santa is at South Downs Nurseries


We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Kili climb is a family affair

A Rustington midwife has achieved a challenge of a lifetime by climbing the tallest free-standing mountain in the world to raise vital funds for the Sussex Air Ambulance.

Carole Fendick, who works at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, scaled the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro with daughters Catherine and Louise.

Catherine, from Worthing, was also raising money for the life-saving charity but was forced to pull out on the advice of the team doctor.

She was just 700metres from the 19,340ft-high summit when she was struck down by altitude sickness.

Grandmother-of-two Carole, 57, has so far raised almost £1,500 for the Sussex Air Ambulance which needs £1.7m-a-year to keep the helicopter flying.

She said: “It was a great experience but very hard which was to be expected. It was just absolutely amazing”.

“We got up at 11pm to start climbing to the summit which we reached at 8.30am the next day.

“It was snowing when I got there but Louise was 20 minutes behind me and when she arrived it was glorious sunshine.

“We were very tired that day after walking a total of 12 hours, eight to reach the summit and four to get back to camp.

“Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Someone died trying to do it two weeks earlier so it’s not a mountain to be under-estimated.”

Carole was among a group of 30 climbers in total but six were forced to pull out due to altitude sickness.

She has previously climbed Ben Nevis, the Pyrenees, the Alps and the 13,671ft Mount Toubkal in Africa.

Her previous challenges include cycling coast to coast from Whitehaven to Sunderland earlier this year and walking 194 miles from St Bee’s Head to Robin Hood Bay. 

In 2007, she cycled 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats in Scotland where daughter Louise lives. 

Carole has also completed several 100-mile cycle rides, walking marathons and cycled from London to Brighton 14 times.

She is still seeking sponsorship online at www.justgiving.com/CaroleFendick and is hoping to raise a further £400 at a Spin Masterclass at the Esporta gym in Rustington on November 27.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Santa Claus coming to Hassocks

Father Christmas will be making an early festive visit to South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks this weekend to help raise vital funds for the Sussex Air Ambulance.

Santa Claus will be giving out presents at the Brighton Road garden and heritage centre on Saturday and Sunday (November 20 and 21).

Youngsters will be able to have their picture taken with Santa in his grotto and there will be a raffle in aid of the life-saving charity.

Prizes include a decorated Christmas tree and a visit to the helicopter base at Dunsfold to meet its life-saving crew – the pilot, doctor and Critical Care Paramedic.

West Sussex County Fundraiser Cheryl Johnson said: “We are delighted that South Downs Nurseries are supporting us in this way.

“In addition to meeting Santa, people can come and find out about the Sussex Air Ambulance and the vital work it does.”

Santa will be at South Downs Nurseries between 10am and 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm on Saturday.

On Sunday he will be there from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm. For more details visit www.south-downs.co.uk or call 01273 845232.

Sussex Air Ambulance needs £1.7m-a-year to keep the helicopter flying and relies almost entirely on voluntary public donations. Each mission costs between £1,500 and £2,000.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Events this weekend!

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance will have a presence at many charity Christmas card sales this weekend across the counties! We hope to see you there.

Alternatively you are welcome to buy your air ambulance Christmas cards online, visit www.kentsurreysussexairambulance.co.uk select which county you would like to support and click on 'Our Shop'


Monday, 8 November 2010

Life-saving tour for charity drive duo

Two friends have completed a road trip with a difference by visiting 15 Air Ambulances in the UK to raise more than £1,500 for the Sussex helicopter.

Richard Grant, 32, and James Firth, 30, stopped off at each life-saving charity’s base during a whistlestop tour over three days.

They set off on their 1,615-mile sponsored drive last month, starting in London and finishing at the Sussex Air Ambulance base at Dunsfold.

They mapped their tour with photographs taken next to each aircraft and its life-saving crew before eventually returning home.

James said: “We were very lucky in that of all the places we went to only one of the helicopters was out on a call and that was Wiltshire.

“All the others were there which was incredible and two were called out while we were there. All the pilots and paramedics were fantastic and so supportive of us.

“It was challenging, rewarding and tiring and there were moments when we didn’t think we would do it and we had bitten off more than we could chew.

“It has given us an insight into what the Air Ambulances do and how they are slightly different.

“The people of Sussex are so lucky to have a doctor on their Air Ambulance as many of the others haven’t.”

The pair began their epic journey by visiting London, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, Essex and Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire and then Yorkshire.

Day two saw them take in the North West, West Midlands, Great Western and then Swansea.

During the final leg of their tour they visited Devon, Dorset and Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Thames Valley and finally Sussex.

Richard said: “It went really well but it was hard work and a test of our faith at times in terms of the distance we had to cover.

“We didn’t encounter any traffic or accidents whatsoever which was very lucky but we did overtake a Meat Loaf tribute act called To Hell and Back on the M5.”

Richard and James work for East Grinstead-based TCF Motor which investigates insurance claims for accidents and thefts.

Team Manager James, from Crawley, and Case Manager Richard, from Haywards Heath, took it in turns to drive the distance in Richard’s Vauxhall Vectra.

TCF Chief Executive Stuart Dennis kindly donated £1,000 towards their trip and they have so far raised £1,510 for the Sussex Air Ambulance which needs £1.7m a year to keep the helicopter flying.

Each call-out costs between £1,500 and £2,000 so the sum raised by Richard and James has effectively helped to potentially save a life.

Richard and James are still seeking sponsorship at www.justgiving.com/richard-and-james or Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Richard-and-James-drive-for-charitdee-Sussex-Air-Ambulance/150581644982258 .

 

Friday, 5 November 2010

Events this weekend!

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

Kent
Clara Sale, Coxheath

Surrey
Elstead United Reform Church Card Sale

Sussex
Charity Christmas Card Sale

We hope to see you there!
If you would like to order Christmas Cards online from us visit our website:
www.kentsurreysussexairambulance.co.uk

Monday, 1 November 2010

All aboard for AGM

Members of the public can meet the crew, staff and trustees of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance at its Annual General Meeting next week (November 16).

Newly-appointed Chief Executive Adrian Bell will present an overview of the last year and the public will be given an overview of the charity’s accounts and be able to ask questions about the service.

The open meeting will again take place at Westerham Golf Club at Valance Park in Brasted Road at Westerham from 7pm.

Doctors, paramedics, pilots and staff will also be available to talk about the work of the lifesaving helicopter which has flown more than 560 missions so far this year.

The meeting will be held two days after a team of crew and staff set off on their first-ever fundraising venture abroad.

Team KAAT (Kent Air Ambulance Trust) is aiming to raise £20,000 by cycling 350kms around the Caribbean island of Cuba to celebrate the charity’s 20th anniversary.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance needs £3.4m-a-year to stay airborne and relies almost entirely on voluntary public donations. Each flying mission alone costs between £1,500 and £2,000.

If you would like to make a donation to the Air Ambulance please call 01622 833833. Alternatively cheques can be made payable to Kent Air Ambulance Trust and posted to Wheelbarrow Park Estate, Pattenden Lane, Marden, Kent, TN12 9QJ