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. 

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