Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Air Ambulance trustee awarded an OBE

Photo: Helen Bowcock OBE

Former High Sheriff of Surrey, Dr Helen Bowcock has been named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Dr Bowcock has been awarded an OBE for services to Community Philanthropy.

Last May, Helen joined the board of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and also chairs the charity’s county board in Surrey. She had visited the air ambulance’s Redhill base during her year of office as High Sheriff to find out more about the work the charity does and also attended the launch of the air ambulance’s night flying operation in December 2013.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance (KSSAAT) was the first air ambulance in the country to begin operating a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) 24 hours a day. The highly skilled crews respond to an average of 1-2 emergency medical calls every night in addition to the 4-6 calls they respond to during the day.

Dr Bowcock said: "I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit KSSAAT twice during my time as High Sheriff. I was immediately struck by the way the organisation is driven by its charitable mission with much emphasis upon continuous improvement. The launch of night flying confirmed to me what an innovative organisation it is, striving for improvements in patient service and outcomes. I was delighted to be invited to join the main Board and to Chair the Surrey Board." 

Helen is actively involved in a number of local Surrey projects and in addition to being a trustee for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance; she is a Governor of St Catherine’s School and a Member of the Council of Surrey University. She researched and wrote Hidden Surrey and is a member of the Watts Gallery’s Limnerslease Appeal Committee and an alumni of The Philanthropy Workshop.

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