Monday, 23 April 2012

A class act from school circus walkers

Photo: L-R Back Row - Pilot Nick Bramley, paramedic David Wright, Dr Ed Dennison-Davies and paramedic Jez Harwood.

Front Row – Merete Strange, Caitlan Jackson, Anna Soppitt and Lauren Howard

Pupils at a Canterbury school were given a tour of the Kent Air Ambulance and met its life-saving crew as they handed over a cheque for more than £5,000 to the charity.

Youngsters at Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School dressed up in circus-themed costumes for a 10km sponsored walk around the city countryside.

It was a parade of acrobatics, clowns and lions with the best-dressed award going to ringmaster Merete Strange.

Students asked their family and friends for donations and some raised an amazing £200 each. The award for the most money raised went to Caitlan Jackson.

Charity representative Lauren Howard said: “We very much enjoyed raising money for what we believe to be an excellent cause.

“As well as one-off events we have a weekly collection around the school. This shows the generosity within the school and that students and staff want to help such a worthy cause.

“We hope this money will help Kent Air Ambulance to continue its hard work saving lives across the county.”

Kent Air Ambulance carries a doctor and critical care paramedic who can carry out advanced medical procedures at the scene of an accident or emergency, giving patients the best chance and quality of survival.

Each emergency call-out by the helicopter costs an average of £2,500 so the total sum of £5,256 raised by girls at Simon Langton will help the crew to potentially save two lives.

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