Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Charity hosts major world conference

A successful worldwide aero-medical conference was hosted by Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance for the first time in the UK last week (May 24-27).

Airmed World Congress 2011 was a four-day scientific international conference and exhibition for pre-hospital care clinicians and aviation-based medical services.

More than 600 delegates from 30 countries including Australia, Japan and the US attended the congress at the Brighton Centre in Sussex.

It was the culmination for a massive three-year project led by the life-saving Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.

Chief Executive Adrian Bell said: “We consider ourselves to be very honoured in hosting this Congress in the UK for the first time.

“We have very much enjoyed our part in organising a Congress which I hope offered delegates all and more than they expected.”

Exhibits in the main hall of the Brighton Centre, usually reserved for pop concerts and the Labour Party conference, included a Eurocopter and an Agusta Westland helicopter.

The scientific programme included subjects such as trauma and airway management, medicine and flight operations.

The self-funding conference was hosted in conjunction with the European Helicopter Emergency Service and Air Ambulance Committee (EHAC).

An aviation day was held on Friday at the Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance base at Dunsfold Park with displays from a Spitfire, the Breitling Wingwalkers, Red Hawks and RAF Griffin.

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

The charity relies almost entirely on public donations and receives no National Lottery funding.

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

 

 

Surrey Air Ambulance Open Day

Surrey Air Ambulance opens its doors to the public with a fun day out for all the family next weekend (June 12) at Dunsfold Park – the home of BBC’s Top Gear track.

Visitors will get the opportunity to have a guided tour of the MD902 helicopter and meet its life-saving crew of pilots, specialist doctors and Critical Care Paramedics subject to medical emergencies.

Attractions include pleasure flights courtesy of London Helicopter Centres, tours of a Boeing 747, a Eurofighter flight simulator and emergency service demonstrations.

There will also be live music from local band Charley Farley Sunday Four, country drives in an open-top Rolls Royce, Hog roast, BBQ and a Fullers Beer and Pimms tent, all from 11am to 4pm.

Children can enjoy a funfair, mobile small animal farm, miniature railway, bouncy castle,  kids’ craft area and face painting.

Surrey Air Ambulance is a charity which relies almost entirely on public donations and receives no National Lottery funding.

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.

Surrey Air Ambulance is based at Dunsfold Park near Cranleigh off the A281 Horsham to Guildford road. Everyone is welcome and entry is free.

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

Phil the Bag Week

Residents throughout the county are being urged to “Phil the Bag” with their unwanted textiles and help keep the Kent Air Ambulance flying.

The fundraising initiative has been launched by family-run textile recycling company LW Sait & Sons who have recently opened a shop supporting the charity in Sittingbourne.

Members of the public are being urged to recycle their clothes, towels, sheets, blankets and curtains at more than 40 textile banks around the county.

Funds raised from “Phil the Bag Week” (June 13-17) will go to the life-saving helicopter which relies almost entirely on public donations.

County Fundraiser Lynn Hyder said: “Britain is traditionally a nation of hoarders and it’s amazing what clothes we find in our wardrobes which we hardly ever wear.

“It’s easy just to throw them in the bin but with textile recycling it’s like finding money in those old trouser pockets.”

Jonathan Sait, of LW Sait & Sons, said around 1,500,000 tons of textiles were thrown away in the UK each year.

He said: “By launching this recycling scheme, we are not only diverting more waste from landfill sites but also offering a simple and effective way of raising funds for a vital service that helps so many people and saves lives.

People can drop off their un-wanted textiles at the new Phil the Bag shop in Station Road, Sittingbourne, and the car parks of the Kent Air Ambulance base at Marden and the village library. There are also textile banks at the following locations:

  • The Star Inn, Matfield
  • The Bull, Sissinghurst
  • The Blue Anchor, Ruckinge
  • The George, Rochester
  • The Bulls Head, Pratt’s Bottom
  • West Kingsdown, Gamecock Meadow
  • Church Landway Car Park, Bearstead
  • The Beauty of Bath, Sittingbourne
  • Ryarsh Village Hall
  • Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford
  • Putlands Leisure Centre, Paddock Wood
  • St Nicholas Church car park, Leeds
  • Crockenhill Village Hall
  • Shadoxhurst Village Hall
  • Capel Village Hall
  • Raleys Car Park, Sevenoaks
  • Papermakers Arms, Plaxtol
  • Lympne Village Hall, Hythe
  • Selling Station, Neames Forstall
  • St Julians Club, Rumshott Manor
  • Benenden Hospital
  • DHL, 20 20 Business Park, Allington
  • New Sholden Road, Sholden
  • Sainsburys, Manor Way, Dartford
  • Albany Road, Sittingbourne
  • Eastling Village Hall
  • Central Car Park, Faversham
  • Halfway, Sheerness East Waste Management Centre
  • Hernhill Village Hall
  • Macknade Farm, Faversham
  • Minster Abbey
  • Newington Village Hall
  • Rushenden Road, Queensborough
  • Sheerness HLC, Isle of Sheppey
  • Ship on the More, Minster
  • Sittingbourne Retail Park
  • Swallows Leisure Centre, Sittingbourne

Monday, 16 May 2011

Mighty film debut at Kino Cinema

A film charting the story of a local football club’s battle for promotion is to be screened to the public for the first time this Sunday (May 22) to raise vital funds for Kent Air Ambulance.

Cameras follow Cranbrook Town Football Club as the East Sussex League side try to attract a record 2,000 fans for the biggest match in the town’s history which they need to win to be promoted.

The first public screening of the The Mighty Cranbrook Town at Hawkhurst’s Kino Cinema will be attended by Maidstone and Weald MP Helen Grant.

The 75-minute feature will be shown at 4pm as part of the cinema’s Flix and Pix film festival with further screenings on June 12, 19 and 26.

Guests including Kent Air Ambulance Clinical Manager Rob Wilkinson and Director of Operations Leigh Curtis arrived in limousines for the red carpet premiere in April.

The Mighty Cranbrook Town was produced by ex-professional footballer Tom Smith in aid of the life-saving charity which relies almost entirely on public donations.

The helicopter airlifted Tom’s film producer father Stephen after he suffered burns in a bonfire accident two years ago.

Tom, from Cranbrook, has also raised money for the charity through his Blue Book of discount vouchers which can be used at local businesses.

Tickets for The Mighty Cranbrook Town cost £6 each and are available to book online or by calling The Kino Cinema on 01580 754321. For more details visit www.kinodigital.co.uk

 

Survivor's run for life-saving charity

A Horsham father is to run a half marathon this weekend (May 22) to raise vital funds for the Sussex Air Ambulance who saved his life.

Neil Akers, 36, suffered brain damage, a collapsed lung, fractured arm, a ruptured knee and two broken ribs in a motorbike accident two years ago.

He had to be anaesthetized, ventilated and intubated due to the severity of his injuries and it took the helicopter just 45 minutes to get to the scene and fly him to the Royal London Hospital.

Neil will complete a remarkable recovery when he puts his best feet forward for the life-saving charity at the Edinburgh Half Marathon on Sunday.

He will be running in a relay team including his neuro physiotherapist Nikki Penny, uncle and auntie Terry and Jo Akers, and case manager John Ainscough.

He said: “I’m confident I can do it and I can’t wait. I’m excited but also a little bit nervous after all the training.

“It was Nikki who asked me a year ago if I wanted to do the Haggis Run. I said yes to help my prognosis in getting my leg back to how it was before my accident.

“I want to run for Sussex Air Ambulance because they saved my life and I want to raise enough money to help other people who need to be saved.

“I didn’t realise exactly what they did until I was airlifted. It’s all about timing and the skills sets that they bring to the scene.”

Neil, of Heath Way, was out riding with friends in April, 2009, when he collided with a turning van at Devil’s Dyke near Brighton.

The father-of-one was in a coma for eight days and spent two-and-a-half months in hospital before he was eventually allowed home.

Sussex Air Ambulance flies with 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

Neil has now signed up as a volunteer for the charity which relies almost entirely on public donations.

He has previously run two London Marathons and four half marathons and has so far raised £2,200 of his target £4,000 for the Edinburgh Half Marathon.

To sponsor him please visit www.justgiving.com/neil-akers.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Air Ambulance concerns about book company

Supporters of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance are being warned to be aware of a new organisation asking for donations of books and money called The Book System.

The Book System claims it is a new charity raising money for Air Ambulances throughout the UK and asks for donations to be made direct to them and book donations to be dropped at Ambulance stations across the country.

Director of Income Generation, Lynne Mitchell commented, “We would like to stress that the Book system is not a registered charity and we have not made a formal agreement with them.

“If members of the public would like to support the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance then please visit www.kentsurreysussexairambulance.co.uk or call us on 01622 833833.”

A new charity shop to raise vital funds for Kent Air Ambulance has just been opened in Sittingbourne, Kent. If you would like to donate your unwanted books the new store is opposite Wilkinsons in Station Street.

The shop is being run in partnership with “Phil The Bag” Textile Recycling which works with many charities across the South East.

 

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Bargains galore at new charity shop

Photo: L-R: Jonathan Sait, Kent Air Ambulance volunteer Dennis Ines, Lynn Hyder, Cllr Bennett, Gary Wareham, Cllr Stokes, Adrian Bell, Kent Air Ambulance Director of Income Generation Lynne Mitchell, Volunteer Didge Ines and Shop Manager Jennifer Scott.

 

The first-ever charity shop to raise vital funds for Kent Air Ambulance was officially opened by Sittingbourne’s deputy mayor and mayoress on Friday (May 6).

Councillors Ben Stokes and Sylvia Bennett cut the ribbon to unveil the new store opposite Wilkinsons in Station Street.

The ceremony was also attended by Kent Air Ambulance Chief Executive Adrian Bell, Clinical Manager Gary Wareham and County Fundraiser Lynn Hyder.

Within minutes of the shop opening, customers were browsing the bargains including a king-size double bed and a Vivienne Westwood dress.

One delighted shopper was Lorraine Childs, from Sittingbourne, who bought a pair of Dr Marten boots for £5.

She said: “I’m really pleased with what it has to offer and I will definitely come again. There are plenty of clothes to choose from.

“It’s brilliant that the proceeds are going to the Kent Air Ambulance because it costs so much to keep the helicopter flying. It might help me one day, you never know.”

The shop is being run in partnership with “Phil The Bag” Textile Recycling which works with many charities across the south east.

As well as designer label and furniture items, the shop will also be selling Kent Air Ambulance merchandise such as wristbands, mouse mats and pencil toppers.

Director of Operations Jonathan Sait said: “We’re very excited about our new shop and we hope it will be the first of many.

“It’s a fresh new look for a charity shop and we hope it will attract a whole new generation of charity shop shoppers.”

Kent 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 Kent Air Ambulance Trust and posted to Wheelbarrow Park Estate, Pattenden Lane, Marden, Kent, TN12 9QJ