Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Lewes Rotarians support Air Ambulance

Photo: Air Ambulance paramedic Adam Ormrod

Members of the Rotary Club of Lewes have raised enough funds for life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance to kit out one of their medics.

The £563 donation by the club could pay for a new doctor or paramedic’s fire-retardant overalls, underclothing, protective boots and day-glow jacket.

Clinical Manager Richard de Coverly said: “Each time we have a new crew member, the charity has an obligation to kit them with suitable, protective clothing.

“Our doctors are usually with us for about six months and occasionally on a one-year secondment. Our paramedics’ average tour of duty is three years and we have an intake of new crew members throughout the year.”

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has a team of 14 paramedics and eight doctors who now provide a 24-hour service and Rotary Club of Lewes decided to support the charity following a presentation about its life-saving work at the White Hart Hotel.

Community Service Chairman Brian McCarthy said: “Following the talk given by a representative of the Air Ambulance, the members thought it was their duty to make a substantial donation.

“At a recent club business meeting it was unanimously agreed to show the members support by offering to provide the kit for one of the on-board medics.”

* If you would like to make a donation to the Air Ambulance please call 01622 833833 or go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk


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