Monday, 8 September 2014

Air Ambulance appeals for volunteers

A life-saving charity providing a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in the south East is appealing for more volunteers in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Members of the public can help out in a number of ways including placing and emptying collection boxes, selling merchandise at fundraising events and representing the charity at cheque presentations.

They can also help raise awareness of the service as public speakers by giving talks to local groups, clubs, schools, societies and other organisations.

Other roles at Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance include store and street collectors, drivers and couriers, and office administration.

Head of Volunteer Resource Amy Hamer said: “As a charity, we cover a region in excess of 3,500 square miles with a population of 4.5million people.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of the organisation and absolutely vital to our operation in terms of raising funds and awareness.

“They can give as little or as much of their time as they like, and all new recruits will receive an induction and training in each of their chosen roles.”

Volunteering is an opportunity for people to “give something back” to the community, meet new people and gain work experience.

The air ambulance’s volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and age groups and include former patients, bankers, teachers, pilots and a magician.

Paul Skelley, a former business intelligence manager, said: “I’ve been a volunteer for just over four years and because of my background in training it was an ideal opportunity to use these skills with the air ambulance.

“It’s an exciting role and a superb opportunity to do something worthwhile for a very worthwhile organisation.”

To find out more about becoming a volunteer go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/involved/volunteering, call Amy Hamer on 01622 833806 or email amyhamer@kssairambulance.org.uk.

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