Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Unveiling af New Partnerships and Blood Transfusion Service Monday 4th February. 14:00

A partnership between three leading charities to enable emergency blood transfusions at the scene of serious medical emergencies has had yet another boost.
The Henry Surtees Foundation, established by John Surtees OBE in memory of his son, will be presenting a cheque for the purchase of all the blood transfusion equipment to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance to facilitate this new development.
In addition, the Foundation has established a partnership with Honda (UK) to provide two new Honda CRV vehicles for SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) to ensure all weather transport of blood between hospitals and the Air Ambulance’s bases. The cars will enable SERV to continue to transport blood whatever the weather. This partnership also reunites the Surtees name with Honda, for whom John drove in Formula 1 during the late ‘60’s. John remains the only person to have won World Championships in both Grand Prix Motorcycling and Formula 1.
The launch of the new blood transfusion service will take place at the Marden base of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance on February 4th at 14:00.
Vital blood supplies will be transported from the East Surrey Hospital in Redhill and the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford to the nearby Air Ambulance bases for use on board the charities two helicopters. The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance will be the first specialist doctor/paramedic air ambulance team outside London to be able to give blood transfusions and will benefit up to 100 patients a year.

Join Geoff Rambler for a trip down memory lane

A lifelong rambler is leading a series of Kent Messenger Walks followed by collections in aid of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
Geoff Ettridge, otherwise known as Geoff Rambler, will be kicking off his tour of the Kent countryside this weekend (February 2nd) at Blue Bell Hill.
He will lead a five-mile circular walk from the Robin Hood pub through the Medway Valley, taking in a Bronze Age “Bowl Burrow”.
Geoff has led more than 600 miles of walks for the Medway branch of the Ramblers’ Association and the Kent Messenger. 
He has walked many more alone in “wonder and curiosity” which has led him to discover fascinating factors associated with the walks he leads. 
Since retiring as a local government officer, he has raised more than £5,000 for charity through his walking and his 2013 diary of walks include:
·              Lewson Street to Norton (March 16th)
·              St Mary Hoo to Egypt Bay (April 27th)
·              Addington to the Coldrum Long Barrow (June 1st)
·              Blue Bell Hill visiting three megalithic sites (July 6th)
·              Farningham to South Darenth (August 24th)
·              Stodmarsh Nature Reserve to Wickhambreaux (September 28th)
·              and Sandling to Boxley (November 2nd) 
The Kent Messenger Walks are free but a collection will be held at the end of each walk for the Air Ambulance which is sometimes called to injured walkers in remote and rural areas.
The KM’s What’s On guide will be running a feature about the first walk in this week’s edition and future walks will also be featured in the publication. For more information go to www.geofframbler.co.uk  

Monday, 28 January 2013

Freight firm helps save lives with..Bubble Wrap

A road haulage business has renewed its partnership with Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance by supplying the charity with Bubble Wrap - a vital life-saving piece of equipment.

 For the second successive year, family-run Sussex Transport will provide a year’s supply of the plastic sheeting which is used to keep each patient warm on their journey to hospital.

Air Ambulance Head of Corporate Relations Cheryl Johnson said: “It has been discovered that traumatised patients, even in very hot environments, lose their body heat rapidly.

“When this happens blood clotting takes longer and Bubble Wrap provides the most effective means of preserving body heat. It can therefore make the difference between bleeding to death and survival.”

Sussex Transport specializes in the movement and storage of high value, time critical, sensitive and fragile freight.

It uses Bubble Wrap for packaging a variety of loads including bathroom and kitchen products, glass, electronics and machinery – but one roll will also cover 60 Air Ambulance patients.

Managing director Damian Pulford said: “Who would have thought that the humble sheet of plastic with air bubbles that we all love to pop and stamp on for fun, can actually save a life.

“Our drivers spend a lot of their time out on the roads and more than 40 per cent of the Air Ambulance’s call-outs are to road traffic collisions so it made perfect sense to support them in this way.”

Sussex Transport’s head office is based in Lancing, West Sussex, but also has divisions which include Kent Road Haulage and Surrey Road Haulage with a fleet of more than 30 vehicles which are branded with the Air Ambulance logo.

Cheryl added: “We are delighted that Sussex Transport is supporting us for another year and this is a perfect example of how businesses can work in partnership with the Air Ambulance.

“They can really make a difference whether it’s through donations, employee and customer fundraising or valuable gifts like Bubble Wrap.”

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Air Ambulance called to sledging accidents

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has been called to a spate of snow-related incidents in recent days.

The pilot, doctor and critical care paramedic yesterday (Monday) attended a sledging accident at Caterham in Surrey.

An 18-year-old boy suffered a head injury and was taken by land ambulance to St George’s Hospital in London.

On Sunday, the Air Ambulance was called to a road traffic collision in which a car rolled over on the snow-covered A252 at Molash near Canterbury.

The driver, a 45-year-old female, suffered spinal and limb injuries and was assessed at the scene before being taken to the William Harvey Hospital at Ashford.

And on Saturday, a pensioner in her 70s suffered a leg injury after slipping in deep snow at Merrow near Guildford.

Land paramedics at the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) called in the Air Ambulance because it was an isolated location and access was an issue.

The helicopter landed on a golf course and the patient was flown to the Royal Surrey County Hospital at Guildford, in four minutes.

Simon celebrates £5,000 lottery win

A father is planning a holiday of a lifetime to America’s West Coast after winning almost £5,000 in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s charity lottery.

McLaren F1 technician Simon Ellison, from Guildford, won the jackpot in the Superdraw just a week after celebrating his 50th birthday.

He picked his lucky numbers 7,16, 25 and 27 from family birthdays and his favourite racing driver and they came up in last Wednesday’s midweek draw.

Simon won a total of £4,784 after joining the fundraising lottery four years ago when a canvasser called at his home.

He said: “I’ve seen the Air Ambulance in action in the snow two years ago at a sledging accident near Guildford. It’s a very worthy and important cause.”

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s Regular Lottery costs just £1 a week with 12 weekly winners of amounts ranging from £25 to £1,000. There were also three winners from Woking

For an extra £1 a week, players can join the Superdraw which has a maximum jackpot of £25,000 – a life-changing amount.

To join the lottery go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/Lottery/join_lottery  or call 01622 833833.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Family raise £15,000 in memory of Garry

Family and friends of a father who died after a road accident have raised enough funds to help Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance save six lives.

Garry Jarrett, 24, from Halstead, was flown to the Royal London Hospital following a collision in Kemsing, but sadly passed away after a week in intensive care.

The former Wilderness School pupil was a keen mountain biker and his close friend Danny Foskett held a sponsored bike ride at Bedgebury to raise funds for the charity helicopter.

Donations were made at his funeral and also by customers and suppliers of the family business, Automatic Machine Services.

In total, they raised a massive £15,118.12 for the emergency service which relies almost entirely on donations - the last four digits representing Garry’s birthday.

Each call-out of the helicopter costs about £2,500, so the sum raised will effectively help to potentially save six lives.

A group of 20 family and friends visited the Air Ambulance base at Marden on Saturday (January 12th) to present the cheque to the pilot, doctor and critical care paramedic.

Garry’s parents Chris and Roger, fiancĂ©e Sian and son Alfie would like to thank everyone for their kind donations.

Chris said: “We are overwhelmed by the amount raised and would like to thank the Air Ambulance for all their hard and dedicated work.”

Monday, 7 January 2013

Swim, cycle and run for Air Ambulance

A bare-footed runner with his bike during last year’s triathlon

Life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is appealing for fitness fanatics to take part in this year’s Tonbridge Lions Triathlon.

Competitors can choose a sprint distance consisting of a 400-metre swim, 25km ride and 5km run or the standard route which is double the distance.

The event is to be held on May 6th at Tonbridge School’s sports complex which was used by the Australian Olympic team as a training base for the London 2012 games.

Triathlon chairman Bob Bartlett said: “The swim takes place in the Olympic-size pool and the run takes place around the school sports fields.

“The cycle is undertaken on open roads and the route takes in two long energy-sapping climbs and a technically difficult descent.

“It is viewed as a challenging route by those taking part, particularly by the standard route competitors who have to do it twice.”

Tonbridge Lions Triathlon started more than 25 years ago and annually raises more than £10,000 for charity.

Tonbridge was the first Lions club launched in the UK in 1949 and has raised more than £275,000 in the last 10 years.

There are only 500 places available for the triathlon with an entry fee of £46 for the standard distance and £39 for the sprint. To book a place go to http://www.tonbridgelions.co.uk/triathlon_2009.html

Race ace thanks Air Ambulance for saving his life

L-R Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, critical care paramedic Dave Hawkins, Brody and John Crockford, and Dr Steph Tilston

A British Superbike ace who survived a 130mph racing crash at Brands Hatch has been reunited with the Kent Air Ambulance crew who saved his life.

Former privateer champion John Crockford, 41, was competing in the final race of the National Superstock season when he collided with another rider on the Brabham Straight.

His wife Rachael and son Brody were among the crowd of 50,000 who watched in horror as he was catapulted from his 1,000cc machine on the first lap.

In total, he suffered 30 fractures to his leg, pelvis, back, neck, ribs and arm, and a ruptured diaphragm.

The Air Ambulance doctor and critical care paramedic anaesthetised him and performed a bilateral thoracostomy to reinflate his collapsed lungs – procedures usually performed in hospital.

John was then flown to the major trauma centre at the Royal London Hospital where an emergency blood transfusion was carried out.

He said: “When my wife first arrived at the hospital, the trauma consultant told her people didn’t normally survive these types of injuries.

“My leg break was a big one and I had five fractures in my pelvis which had split in half and broken into four bits.

“My stomach was pushed into my chest so it partially crushed my right lung and fully squashed my left lung, at the same time rupturing my diaphragm. It broke all 12 of my ribs.

“The medical team at the circuit thought I’d died. They didn’t know the full extent of the injuries but didn’t think there was any way I could have survived.”

Doctors at the Royal London gave John just a 20 per cent chance of survival and he spent 17 days in intensive care following the crash in October, 2011.

He was racing that day only because a friend had paid for the former Suzuki professional to relive his glory years of 2000-2005 when he regularly beat the likes of former World champion James Toseland.

The father-of-one, from Southampton, underwent operations to pin his femur and pelvis and was later transferred to his local hospital.

He was finally allowed home in a wheelchair at Christmas, 2011, but was back on his feet the following month.

Within six months he returned to work as a machinery technician and also got back on two wheels but vowed never to race again.

John recently visited the Air Ambulance base at Marden in Kent for the first time since his accident, to thank the crew for saving his life.

His son Brody presented a Thank You card to Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, Dr Steph Tilston and critical care paramedic Dave Hawkins.

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