Monday, 17 December 2012

Heart group supports Air Ambulance

Photo: L-R Air Ambulance Critical Care Paramedic Chris Fudge, Bob Hill and Dr Paul Ransom

A Dover support group for heart patients has breathed new life into Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s plans to start night flying in the New Year.

White Cliffs Heart Support Group provided advice and support for victims of heart disease and their relatives at The Landmark Centre but closed earlier this year.

The group raised funds from raffles, coffee mornings and quiz nights and decided to donate £1,000 to the Air Ambulance.

Chairman Bob Hill, a former ambulance technician, was reunited with former colleague Chris Fudge when he visited the helicopter base to present the cheque.

The pair worked together at Dover Ambulance Station and Chris is now an Air Ambulance Critical Care Paramedic.

Bob said: “It’s a cause very close to my heart because I worked for the ambulance service for 26 years and I know what a fabulous job they do.”

It costs £5million a year to keep both helicopters flying but this figure will rise to £6million with the launch of a 24-hour service in the Spring.

Chris said: “About 20 per cent of our calls are to medical emergencies such as heart attacks and cardiac arrests.

“This donation is enough to buy 100 doses of a drug essential to suppress adverse heart rhythms, and is very much appreciated.”

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