Monday, 29 April 2013

Lions give £2,500 lift to night flying appeal

Photo: L-R Lions members with Air Ambulance paramedics Charlie Leahy and David Wright, and Dr Jez Smith.        

Members of Caterham, Oxted & Godstone Lions Club have raised £2,500 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s night flying appeal.

They visited the helicopter base at Redhill Aerodrome on Thursday (April 25th) to present their cheque and watched as the aircraft landed following two call-outs to an equestrian accident and a road traffic collision.

Most of the funds were raised from a Take That tribute band concert at Caterham School earlier this month.

Lions Clubs in the south east have pledged to raise £250,000 over the next 10 years to help the Air Ambulance achieve its aim of night flying from Redhill later this year.

The funds will be a significant contribution towards the additional £1million a year needed to provide a 24-hour service and save more lives.

Lions President Tony Skilbeck said: “Something in the region of £80,000 has already been given. We had a totally absorbing visit to Redhill and found out so much about the Air Ambulance.

“Many owe their lives to its service and it is truly a very worthy charity run by dedicated and highly-qualified people and deserves all the support that can be given.”

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance currently operates during daylight hours only, from 7am to 7pm in the summer and 8am to 6pm in the winter.

The charity is to replace one of its two helicopters with a newer aircraft with night vision equipment later this year, allowing it to operate after dark from Redhill.

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