Monday, 23 March 2015

Schools' pilot scheme takes off

Photo: Air Ambulance mascot Dr Dudley pictured with pupils at Woodmansterne School in Surrey

A schools presentation has been launched to educate youngsters about life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

Primary and secondary pupils can learn about how the helicopter is called out, types of missions, landing sites and major developments of the service such as night flying and blood transfusions.

They can also hear about where the charity’s income comes from and how just £1 will buy a sheet of bubblewrap which is used to keep patients warm.

Air Ambulance Community Fundraising Officer Veronica Wiseman said: “Fundraising for the air ambulance at school is an exciting opportunity for children of all ages, promoting community involvement and social responsibility.

“The fundraising pack provides a fascinating study subject for pupils, learning about the infrastructure of the charity from the operational side and the way in which fundraising can have a huge impact on saving lives.”

The pack includes activity sheets, a Wordsearch and colouring-in sheets for infants featuring Air Ambulance mascot Dr Dudley.

Pupils may also get the chance to see a working replica of the twin-engine air ambulance helicopter which flies at speeds of up to 150mph.

The schools presentation was launched at Woodmansterne School in Surrey which has so far raised more than £1,000 for the charity after the helicopter was called to one of its pupils.

School spokeswoman Sarita Grimster said: “A very interesting and informative presentation was given which helped the pupils understand what the funds they have been raising will help towards.”

If you would like to register your school to receive a schools support pack please contact the air ambulance’s Community Team on 01622 833833 or email

For more information about the school presentation please visit

Support materials can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant Key Stage required with useful documents such as Booking Form for assemblies, a Student Sponsorship Form and a Monies Return Form.

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