Monday, 16 February 2015

Air scouts' trek for charity helicopter

Photo, L-R: Air Ambulance doctor Fiona Reardon, 20th Gillingham Cub Scouts Leaders Paul Searle and Mike Dowsett, and Paramedic Adam Ormrod.

A group of Air Scouts were treated to a tour of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance helicopter base today (Monday) as they donated almost £1,000 to the lifesaving charity.

The 20th Gillingham Air Scouts watched excitedly as the twin-engine MD902 Explorer was wheeled out of the hangar ready for its first callout of the day.

They were even allowed to sit in the back of the helicopter which flies at speeds of up to 150mph and can reach the furthest part of each county in about 25 minutes.

The scouts took part in a sponsored Incident Hike including various challenges in Hempstead last November.

They raised a grand total of £869 for the air ambulance including a £600 donation from BAE Systems at Rochester, and a further £269 for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

The seven highest individual fundraisers were rewarded with a half term visit to the air ambulance base at Marden.

Cub Scout Leader Mike Dowsett said: “We’re very proud of the fundraising efforts of the children and we’re also very grateful to the air ambulance for letting us come down today and present the cheque.”

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