Kent Air Ambulance is celebrating a £7,000 cash windfall from Natwest’s Community Fund after being voted by the bank’s customers as their favourite charity.
A panel made up of representatives of the local community reviewed the original applications and short-listed the three charities to benefit from the fund in each area.
When voters were asked to pick their favourite it was the life-saving helicopter that scooped the top prize of £3,000 in Tunbridge Wells and Larkfield, and a runner-up prize of £1,000 in Sittingbourne.
Each flying mission costs between £1,500 and £2,000 so the sum donated is enough to help the highly-skilled crew to potentially save four lives.
Maria Fisher, Regional Director for NatWest in
“We’re delighted to be able to make this donation and support the work that they do. We have had so many worthy causes nominated which is why it was important to give the opportunity to our local community to decide who should benefit.
“Kent Air Ambulance was slightly different to other charities as they received nominations from three separate funds out of the 11 funds available in
Kent Air Ambulance flies during daylight hours, 365 days a year, and can reach the furthest part of the county in 20 minutes – “saving time, saving life”.
The specialist doctor and paramedic on board can carry out advanced medical procedures at the scene including chest surgery, anaesthetics and intubation.
They can then fly patients to the most appropriate hospital according to their needs which is often the regional trauma centre in
It took the crew just seven minutes to attend a road traffic collision at
And in November the helicopter was called to a man in his 60s who had sustained a head injury from a shutter door in Larkfield.
Kent Air Ambulance costs £1.7m a year to stay airborne and relies almost entirely on voluntary public donations.
Senior fundraiser for
“The money will go towards general running costs to keep the helicopter flying. Our thanks go to the public in
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,