Thursday, 28 August 2014

Ex-travel workers support air ambulance

A South Coast-based group of retired freight workers has helped raise £800 for life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

Exel Retired Staff Association has more than 60 members from Eastbourne to Rustington and the club meets once a month for coach trips and for an annual dinner at the Royal Albion Hotel in Brighton.

Last year, the group held a number of raffles and quizzes and raised £400 for the air ambulance which was match funded by parent organisation the DHL UK Foundation.

Chairman Dorothy Allwright, from Worthing, said: “It is an essential service especially on the seaside where access can be a problem and the helicopters need to get there quickly.

“We just cannot do without it which is why our members decided to support the charity which relies almost entirely on public support.”

The DHL UK Foundation is an independent charity, founded in 1988, and encourages all DHL employees to get involved in the communities in which they live and work, through fundraising and volunteering.

If you would like to make a donation to the Air Ambulance please call 01622 833833 or go to

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Sussex Masons help to save even more lives

Photo, L-R: Air Ambulance doctor Anthony Hudson, Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, Colin Scourfield, Chairman of the Trustees for Sussex Masonic Charities, and Air Ambulance paramedic Lewis Price

The air ambulance returned from a mission just in time for the crew to accept cheques totalling £14,000 from Sussex Masons.

On Monday (4th August) Colin Scourfield, Chairman of the Trustees for Sussex Masonic Charities and his wife visited one of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s bases to see the helicopter and hear more about the work of the life-saving charity. They presented a cheque for £4,000 from the Freemasons Grand Charity and a further £10,000 from Sussex Masons.

Chief Executive of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, Adrian Bell said’: “We are extremely grateful for the very significant amount of money that the Sussex Masonic Charities have raised for us over the years. We appreciate the huge amount of hard work that they put into raising this money and thank them sincerely for their continued support.”

Freemasons in Sussex have donated more than £300,000 to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance since the service started flying in the county in 2007.

Colin and Maureen were joined by David Maynard, secretary of the Sussex 4 Sussex appeal for the Masonic charity.

Colin said ‘‘ It was a delight to be able to witness at first hand the total dedication, commitment and precision that is the hallmark of the KSS Air Ambulance operation in saving lives. To be able to speak with the crew and feel their enthusiasm for their work was an experience not to be forgotten.

The Freemasons of Sussex are so pleased to be able to assist this wonderful Charity and I know they will continue to provide support for a long time to come through the generosity of Sussex Masonic Charities’.

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance was the first in the country to operate a 24 hour Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. The night service responds to an average of between 1-2 medical emergencies every night in addition to the 4-6 missions they attend during the day. 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Emergency teams meet Dusty's team

Photo, L-R: NPAS Base Manager Sgt Paul Sochon, Air Ambulance Paramedic and Operational Clinical Manager Richard de Coverly, and Redhill Aerodrome Senior Aerodrome Fire Officer Rob Webster

Disney’s new film Planes 2 was launched at Redhill Aerodrome with a little help from the emergency services who were the inspiration behind the film.

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, along with the National Police Air Service (NPAS) and the aerodrome’s Senior Fire Safety Officer spoke to journalists about their own real life roles in Emergency Service.

In Planes 2, Dusty the star of the movie learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins a forest fire and rescue unit to be trained as a firefighter.

While the film portrays the work of a firefighting aircraft devoted to good deeds, the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance flies two helicopters with a specialist medical crew. The charity operates the HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) 24 hours a day across Kent, Surrey & Sussex and responds to between 5 and 8 missions every day.

The air ambulance has a base at Marden in Kent and re-located its second base from Dunsfold to Redhill Aerodrome in 2012, sharing a hangar with NPAS Redhill, the who fly the same model of helicopter and along with a number of other NPAS bases nationwide, deliver the National Police Air Support service throughout the region and country. They can be followed on Twitter @NPAS_Redhill.

Planes 2 is now showing in cinema’s across the country.

Forget the car, let's take the unicycle!

Photo 1 Helicopter “pilots” Daniel Church and David Hitchcock pictured outside their Epsom office during last year’s adventure relay

Photo 2: Rosie Butler and Sarah Bostock on horseback in Leatherhead

More than 50 members of staff at a firm of solicitors will be scooting, skipping and unicycling to work next week (August 22nd) to raise funds for Kent, Surrey Air & Sussex Ambulance.

TWM Solicitors are aiming to complete a second annual 60-mile adventure relay of all seven offices on various slow, difficult and unusual modes of transport.

Some will be commuting by “Boris bike”, Kangaroo boots, unicycle and even walking while playing football - all in aid of their Charity of the Year.

Organiser Daniel Church, 30, said: “Starting at our new Mayfair office, as many people as possible will aim to get around all TWM branches using various different methods of transport, ending at Guildford.

“Individuals can complete any leg they wish whether it be all or just one. The idea is to just get people together for a good cause.

“The only rule is that no form of engine may be used unless it’s suitably crazy and the aim is to do this in one day, no matter how long it takes.

The schedule for Friday next week is as follows:

* Mayfair to Wimbledon: “Boris bike” to Battersea Rise, then walking and jogging

* Wimbledon to Epsom: Pushbikes and scooters

* Epsom to Leatherhead: Unicycling, skipping, “Kanga” boots, BMX and walking

* Leatherhead to Reigate: Mountain bike

* Reigate to Cranleigh: Tandem and road pushbikes

* Cranleigh to Guildford: Walking while playing football and pushbike

TWM Solicitors has been a long-standing supporter of the air ambulance since the Surrey helicopter was first launched in 2007 and has raised almost £40,000 for the charity since then.

This year they are aiming to raise £2,500 to fund one potentially life-saving callout and can be sponsored at

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance relies almost entirely on public donations and needs £6million a year to keep both helicopters flying.

Julie Clare, from the charity’s Corporate Relations, said: “TWM’s adventure relay is such a novel and fun way of raising funds and it shows the extremes our supporters will go to keep the service airborne, which we really do appreciate.”