Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Wendy's a winner in Superdraw AMENDED

A Burgess Hill grandmother cried tears of joy after winning almost £10,000 on the Sussex Air Ambulance lottery.

Wendy Day, 73, hit the jackpot in the life-saving charity’s Superdraw with winning numbers 17, 22, 24 and 27 after joining the lottery last September.

Now she is dreaming of a first-ever cruise holiday to the Norwegian Fjords and can afford to keep her car on the road despite rising fuel costs.

Wendy, a grandmother-of-five, enjoyed a family meal at the weekend to celebrate her win and is also planning to treat her son and daughter to a holiday on the Canary Islands.

 She said: “When I got the call to say I’d won I thought it would be about £50, that’s the figure that stuck in my mind. It was such a shock and I’m thrilled to bits.

“I had tears rolling down my face because I’ve never had any luck in my life. The most I’ve ever won before is £10 on the National Lottery.”

“It’s a fantastic amount to win and it’s come in so handy because I was thinking of giving my car up next year as it’s costing me so much.”

Wendy, of Cyprus Mews, used to work as a delivery driver for car dealer Evans Halshaw at Broadbridge Heath.

She and her daughter Lynn Bailey visited the Sussex Air Ambulance base at Dunsfold Park last week to collect her cheque for £9,188.

The helicopter carries a specialist doctor and Critical Care Paramedic who can carry out advanced medical procedures at the scene, giving patients the best chance and quality of survival.

It costs £1.7m-a-year to keep the helicopter flying and it relies almost entirely on public donations with no National Lottery funding.

Profits from the Air Ambulance’s own lottery provide valuable funds to allow the charity to operate a vital life-saving service for everyone living, working and travelling through the county, 365 days a year.

The regular lottery costs just £1 a week with a weekly prize of £1,000. For an extra £1 a week, members can join the Superdraw which has a top prize of £25,000. To join the Air Ambulance lottery please call 01622 833821.

Air Aid Ball 2011

Organisers of this year’s Air Aid Ball at Redhill Aerodrome are aiming to raise a record amount for the Surrey Air Ambulance from the 1930s-themed event.

The biennial ball has so far raised more than £100,000 for the life-saving charity which needs £1.7m a year to stay airborne and relies almost entirely on public donations.

Two years ago, the 1940’s-style ball marked 70 years since the beginning of World War II and raised a massive £54,000 but this year organisers are aiming to hit £60,000.

The ball on Saturday, June 25, will be styled around Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines with a Burlesque twist and will include a champagne reception and flying displays.

Surrey Air Ambulance would like to thank sponsors Callaghan Demolition, Chandler & Co, CC Cousins Construction, Fairalls, GEW, Harwoods Land Rover, Hystar Construction, Kingsley Health Centre and Kingston Smith LLP.

The charity would also like to thank London Helicopter Centres, Montal, Morrisons Solicitors, Prontaprint Reigate, Quinn-Essence, Redhill Aerodrome, Senses Holidays, Sotra Ltd, Stanton Construction and White & Sons.

County Fundraiser Julie Jenkinson said: “Due to the generosity of our sponsors all costs for the event have been covered so that all monies raised on the night goes to the charity.”

Andrew White, of White and Sons, said: “We were the first in as lead sponsors and we are very keen to support a large charity and show some corporate responsibility.

“As a business in Surrey we feel we have a moral obligation to put something back into the community.”

Jes Stanton, of Stanton Construction, added: “We were attracted to the cause partly because of the fact that in the building industry there is often the need for an Air Ambulance.”

Composer and lyricist Richard Stilgoe has once again kindly agreed to be the MC and auction prizes will include Air Ambulance postcards signed by Sir Anthony Hopkins on a recent visit to the helicopter base at Dunsfold.

The Air Aid Ball began life in 2007 when a group of businessmen and women came together to plan a society event in aid of the Surrey Air Ambulance which was launched that year.

The inaugural ball was held at the home of Surrey Air Ambulance board member, Caroline Martin and her husband Chris who are also Air Aid Ball committee members.

Caroline said: “We are delighted with the way plans are going for our third Air Aid Ball at Redhill Aerodrome to whom we are very grateful for allowing us to hold the event there for a second year.

“We have amazing sponsors, some of whom have been with us since the start and we could not begin to stage such an event without the generosity of those companies.”

“We would like to thank all those sponsors for their generosity in helping finance this event as well as all the team.

“Each year we try to raise the bar in entertaining our guests and funds raised on the night and we’re confident we can do it again this year.”

For more information about the Air Aid Ball call County Fundraiser Julie Jenkinson on 07843 336720 or visit www.airaidball.org.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Laurie's sponsored slim for lifesavers

Photo: Lesley Bugby, Critical Care Paramedic Natalie Brodrick, Fraser Elliot, Laurie Buchanan Dr John O’Neill and Pilot Captain Steve Wood at the Surrey Air Ambulance base.

Photo: Fraser Elliot, Lesley Bugby and Laurie Buchanan

 

An 86-year-old grandfather has vowed to lose three stone in a sponsored slim to raise vital funds for the Surrey Air Ambulance who saved his daughter’s life.

Lesley Bugby sustained a fractured pelvis, broken ribs, a punctured lung and leg injuries after her motorbike collided with a car at Stanwell in Staines.

The 56-year-old was airlifted to the Royal Surrey County Hospital where she spent the next six weeks, the first in intensive care.

She was also wheelchair-bound for a further four weeks but has made a good recovery following the accident in May, 2009.

Now Lesley’s father Laurie Buchanan, of Thames Ditton, wants to support the life-saving charity which relies almost entirely on public donations.

He said: “I could not give the Surrey Air Ambulance sufficient credit, my wife and I owe the life of our daughter to them.

“It was an horrendous accident and the paramedics said it was so bad that they didn’t want to take her to hospital by road, so the helicopter was called.

“The sponsored slim began last month when I went to see the doctor and was told I was grossly overweight. It was a warning shot across the bows.

“I decided to take it seriously and lose weight while raising money for a worthy cause at the same time.”

Laurie will be joined by friend Fraser Elliot, of Langley Vale, Epsom, in the sponsored slim until the end of August.

His daughter Lesley, a hematologist at Kingston Hospital, said: “I’m really pleased that my father has finally decided to improve his health by losing weight.

“I'm delighted that he has chosen to raise money for such a valuable service as the Surrey Air Ambulance. I will always be grateful to them for what they did for me.”

Surrey Air Ambulance carries a specialist doctor and Critical Care Paramedic who can carry out advanced medical procedures at the scene, giving patients the best chance and quality of survival.

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

Monday, 18 April 2011

Air Ambulance recycling collections

Supporters of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance are being warned to be aware of a door-to-door recycling collection service called Air Ambulance Service.

Representatives of the registered company are visiting homes asking for donations of goods such as clothes, toys and mobile phones.

Leaflets advertising the collections state: “We are working towards providing financial assistance to cover or reduce the cost of ground and air ambulance medical transportation for patients caught in difficult medical circumstances, having an unfortunate accident or illness in another city or country.”  However the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance wishes to make clear it has no association with Air Ambulance Service who are carrying out these collections.

Chief Executive Adrian Bell said: “I am not saying that the Air Ambulance Service is purporting to be collecting on our behalf, far from it, as its literature makes clear it is not associated with any HEMS service. However, I would like to make clear that the Air Ambulance Service is NOT a registered charity and we will certainly not benefit from any donation you make to them, so please do not think otherwise.”

The company also asks for unwanted shoes, handbags, perfumes, blankets and bed linen which it says will be recycled and re-sold.

In small print at the bottom it says Air Ambulance Service is not associated with any local Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operators.

Textile banks are a genuine source of income for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance but only at allocated venues.

If you would like to make a donation to the Air Ambulance please call 01622 833833.

Chris and Steve's Year of Pain

Photo: L-R: Steve Breslin, Surrey Air Ambulance Paramedic Natalie Brodrick and Chris Hicks.

Two friends have completed a gruelling 12 challenges in a “year of pain” to raise almost £5,000 for the Surrey Air Ambulance.

Mechanical engineers Chris Hicks, from Tongham, and Steve Breslin began their extreme test of fitness with The Riot Runner – a seven-mile cross county run.

The pair, who work at KBR in Leatherhead, completed one challenge each month including the Fleet Half Marathon, a Legs of Steel bike ride and a 2.4-mile swim.

But they both agree their hardest was the Iron Man Challenge in August which took them all day to swim 2.4 miles, cycle112 miles and then run a marathon.

Chris, 32, of Ellison Way, said: “It was one of the best feelings of my life, having finished the last event. There was a huge amount of relief and happiness that we’d completed it all.

“During a 100-mile ride in June my bike broke down and I had no lower gears so I had to walk up the hills which meant that it took two hours longer than it should have done.

“In October I had a stinking cold and I just didn’t want to run 10 miles, it wasn’t high on my list of priorities for that day.

“If I wasn’t doing it for the Year of Pain I probably wouldn’t have done it but I had to keep going.”

Chris and Steve’s diary of challenges were as follows:

  • January 31 - The Riot Runner – a seven-mile cross-country run
  • February 20 - Big Cow Dualathlon – a 4.5km run, 13.2km cycle and 4.2km run
  • March 21 – Fleet Half Marathon – 13.1-mile run
  • April 18 – Brighton Marathon – a 26.2-mile run
  • May 16 – Merchant Taylor’s School Triathlon – 1,500-metre swim, 40km cycle, 10km run
  • June 27 – Chiltern Challenge – 100-mile bike ride
  • July 10 – Super Series Swim - a 2.4-mile swim
  • August 1 – Iron Man Challenge - 2.4km swim, 26.2-mile run and 112-mile bike ride
  • September 17 – Legs of Steel – an 81km bike ride
  • October 3 – Tempest 10 – a 10-mile run
  • November 6 – Ballbuster – an 8-mile run, 24-mile bike ride and 8-mile run
  • December 4 – Mudman – a 10km cross-country run

Steve, 27, from Clapham, said: “Never again! The combination of doing all the events month after month was not easy.

“We both already had a level of fitness before we started but had to build it up so we ran 50 miles a week.

“I also cycled a 35-mile round trip to and from work each day but picked up an injury through too much cycling.”

Surrey Air Ambulance carries a specialist doctor and Critical Care Paramedic who can carry out advanced medical procedures at the scene, giving patients the best chance and quality of survival.

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

Monday, 11 April 2011

"Medics deserve an Oscar®", says Sir Anthony Hopkins

Photo: L-R Pilot Matt Tacon, Dr John O’Neill, Dr Malcolm Russell, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Paramedic Natalie Brodrick, Dr Adam Fendius, Paramedic Dave Wright, Paramedic Justin Carding.

Sir Anthony Hopkins said the life-saving crew of the Surrey Air Ambulance deserved an Oscar® as he visited the helicopter base last week (Tuesday).

The Hollywood actor was shooting scenes on a Boeing 747 at Dunsfold Park for a feature film called 360, which also stars Jude Law and Rachel Weisz.

The Academy Award® winner kindly broke off from filming to meet the specialist doctors and Critical Care Paramedics who fly on the helicopter. During his visit he posed for photographs and signed autographs, including Surrey Air Ambulance postcards which will be auctioned off at the charity’s Air Aid Ball at Redhill Aerodrome on June 25.

Sir Hopkins was told about the advanced medical procedures the medical team can carry out at the scene of an accident or emergency said: “I was taken to hospital in an ambulance years ago although I didn’t have a serious injury. I appreciated all the help I had and these people who work in this profession deserve Oscars®. It’s terrific to meet the Surrey Air Ambulance crew.”

Hopkins prolific career includes films such as The Silence of the Lambs and The Remains of The Day. 360 is also being filmed in London, Paris, Vienna and Brazil, and is a multi-stranded and interlinked tale of love and obsession, directed by Fernando Meirelles from a screenplay by writer Peter Morgan, produced by Andrew Eaton, David Linde, Chris Hanley, Danny Krausz, Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier.

It costs £1.7m-a-year to keep the helicopter flying and the service relies almost entirely on voluntary donations. If you would like to make a donation to the Air Ambulance please call 01622 833833. Alternatively cheques can be made payable to Surrey Air Ambulance and posted to Wheelbarrow Park Estate, Pattenden Lane, Marden, Kent, TN12 9QJ




Sally Traffic signs up for Double 100

BBC Radio 2  travel reporter Sally Traffic has signed up to Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance’s first-ever Double 100 Bike Challenge.

Sally Boazman is well known to listeners for her travel updates and regular chats on the Steve Wright, Simon Mayo and Jeremy Vine shows and is affectionately known as Sally Traffic.

Now she has agreed to be the driving voice behind the life-saving charity’s Double 100 on July 3rd which it is hoped will become an annual fundraising event.

Almost half of the missions flown by the two helicopters based at Marden in Kent and Dunsfold in Surrey are to road traffic collisions.

Sally said: “Every day I see how the Air Ambulance saves lives across the country so I’m thrilled to be supporting the Kent, Surrey and Sussex helicopters’ Double 100 Bike Challenge.

“The money raised is vital in maintaining this incredible service and I’m proud and delighted to be part of it.”

Sally has become a national cult figure and is even known as the patron saint of road-users. She has also been voted one of the most attractive female voices on UK radio.

Riders are still needed to take part in the inaugural Double 100 which starts and finishes at Dunsfold Park - the home of BBC’s Top Gear.

Sally will be at the helicopter base to welcome cyclists back and celebrate their amazing achievement with family and friends.

The 100-mile or 100km route, depending on fitness, will take in towns and villages around Cranleigh, Crawley, Lingfield, Tunbridge Wells, Hartfield, Turners Hill and Horsham.

All entrants must pay a registration fee of £25 and a minimum sponsorship will be required which will go towards the £3.4m cost of keeping both helicopters flying.

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance carry a specialist doctor and paramedic on board who can carry out advanced medical procedures at the scene of an accident or medical emergency.

For more information about the Double 100 and to register call Veronica Wiseman on 01622 833833 or email veronicaw@kaat.org.uk.

Superdraw win is no April Fools' joke

A Rochester couple who scooped more than £21,000 in the Kent Air Ambulance Superdraw thought it was an April Fools’ joke until their winnings arrived later that day.

The elderly couple, who do not want to be named, were shocked when Lottery Team Leader Katie Underdown called to give them the good news.

But they could not believe their dream had come true until the cheque for £21,051 arrived last Friday (April 1).

The couple matched winning numbers 7, 9, 12 and 28 which were picked from family birthdays and plan to share the cash among their two children and five grandchildren.

They said: “It’s fantastic, we can’t believe it. We didn’t join the Superdraw to win, we did it to support the Kent Air Ambulance.

“It’s such a worthwhile cause because none of us know when we may need it. The helicopter has landed in the field at the back of where we live so we can see where our money is going.

“We signed up to the Superdraw when it started four years ago and we have been supporting it for a long time because we realise what good it does.”

It costs £1.7m-a-year to keep the helicopter flying and it relies almost entirely on public donations with no National Lottery funding.

Profits from the Air Ambulance’s own lottery provide valuable funds to allow the charity to operate a vital life-saving service for everyone living, working and travelling through the county, 365 days a year.

The team of highly-skilled medics can carry out advanced medical procedures at the scene, giving patients the best chance and quality of survival.

The regular lottery costs just £1 a week with a weekly prize of £1,000. For an extra £1 a week, members can join the Superdraw which has a top prize of £25,000. To join the Air Ambulance lottery please call 01622 833821.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Auction yields ripe return for rescued farmer

Photo: L-R: John Worsfold, Paramedic Dave Marshall, Janet Worsfold, John Butler, Jean Lutener, Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, Michael Lutener and Dr. Amy Hughes

 

A fruit farmer who was saved by the Kent Air Ambulance after he was run over by his tractor has helped raise more than £22,000 for the life-saving charity.

Michael Lutener, 72, was clearing apples from an orchard when the accident happened in Marden where the helicopter is based.

Mr Lutener fractured his pelvis in two places and had to be sedated before being airlifted to the nearest major trauma centre at King’s College Hospital in London.

He said: “I’m alive and I wouldn’t be if the Kent Air Ambulance had not been there. When I had my accident I went unconscious but I was conscious long enough to ring my wife on my mobile phone.

“It took the helicopter just three minutes to get to me and the doctor and paramedic put a pelvic splint on me before we took off. 

“The surgeon at the hospital asked who put the splint on and when I said it was the Air Ambulance he said it was the best thing they could have done.

“Whenever I hear the helicopter go off now I think someone else has seriously hurt themselves but they’re going to get good treatment.”

Mr Lutener, from Marden, spent five weeks in hospital before he was eventually allowed home and has since made a full recovery.

Following his accident in October, 2008, he, his wife Jean and friends John and Janet Worsfold organised an Auction of Promises at Sutton Valence School which raised about £12,000. A further £10,000 was collected in general donations.

The auction was conducted by John Butler of Lambert and Foster and lots included speedboat rides, a weekend in France and a stay in Scotland.

Mr Lutener visited the helicopter base last week (March 14) to present a cheque for £22,184 to Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, Dr Amy Hughes and Paramedic Dave Marshall.

Each flying mission costs between £1,500 and £2,000 so the sum raised has helped the crew to potentially save 14 lives.

The visit was filmed by Marden History Group who are putting together footage for a sequel to a film they produced for the Millennium when the Kent Air Ambulance moved to the village.

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

Roedean fly-in gets BHEAA on board

BHEAA Vice President Lindsay Duff, Director of Pyrotec Terry Kinch, Dr Sam Sadek and Critical Care Paramedic Jon Sanders.

 

A flying visit from the Sussex Air Ambulance spurred the Brighton and Hove Estate Agents Association (BHEAA) into raising vital funds for the life-saving charity.

President Lindsay Duff was given a guided tour of the aircraft during a fly-in at Roedean School and was told how it could reach the furthest part of the county in just 20 minutes.

He was so impressed by the skills of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) crew that he decided he decided to support the charity.

Members of BHEAA held an auction at their annual dinner at the Grand Hotel last month and raised £1,500 for the Sussex Air Ambulance.

One of the successful bidders was Pyrotec director Terry Kinch who won tickets to see the filming of Top Gear at Dunsfold Park where the helicopter is based.

During his visit he met Air Ambulance doctor Sam Sadek, who also works at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, and Critical Care Paramedic Jon Sanders.

East Sussex County Fundraiser Bridget Pepper said: “We are delighted that BHEAA are supporting us and very grateful for the funds.

“Many people still do not recognize that we are a charity but support such as this really helps to raise awareness of our life-saving work.

“This donation will help us to potentially save a life as each flying mission 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 Sussex Air Ambulance and posted to Wheelbarrow Park Estate, Pattenden Lane, Marden, Kent, TN12 9QJ