Thursday, 25 July 2013

Lions' vision for Air Ambulance

Photo 1: Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Chief Executive Adrian Bell with a pair of night vision goggles

Photo 2: Lions club representatives pictured at the cheque presentation at Redhill on Saturday

Representatives from Lions Clubs from all over the South East saw the Air Ambulance that will soon be taking to the skies at night.

The South East Lions clubs began a night flying appeal last year to raise funds for the provision of night flying equipment for the 24-hour Air Ambulance operation across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

During a reception at the helicopter base at Redhill, members from Lions clubs saw the special helmets and night vision equipment funded by the organisation that will enable the Air Ambulance’s pilots and crews to be able to navigate at night.

Fundraising from the 10-year appeal will also go towards other equipment essential for night flying such as meteorological equipment, the provision of night time fuel facilities, lighting at helipads and much, much more.

Howard Lee, Chairman of Lions’ District Night Flying Appeal Committee, said: “The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance delivers advanced pre-hospital care to the scene of serious medical emergencies, usually only found in the resuscitation area of a hospital’s emergency department.

“This is totally in line with the Lions’ objectives, one of which is to bring aid to those in distress, and we are delighted to partner with the charity as it works towards extending its service to cover both day and night.”

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance delivers advanced pre-hospital care to the scene of serious medical emergencies, usually only found in the resuscitation area of a hospital’s emergency department.

The charity is working towards operating a 24-hour service in the Autumn so that its specialist medical crew can be available to those people who really need them day and night.

Adrian Bell, Chief Executive of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, said: “The Lions are amazing partners for the charity and have shown considerable fortitude, enthusiasm and imagination in raising £150,000 for the charity in just over a year.

“The equipment we are now able to purchase is an integral part in saving people’s lives and I cannot thank the Lions enough, they are outstanding.”

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is an independent health care provider which relies on voluntary donations to fund the service. Its costs will rise to £6 million a year when the Air Ambulance starts operating at night.

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