Thursday, 30 April 2015

Howard Cundey hold Election-themed coffee morning

Photo: Staff at Howard Cundey’s Reigate office pictured at the Air Ambulance base at Redhill

Staff at Howard Cundey Estate Agents and Chartered Surveyors are to hold a General Election-themed cake and coffee morning as voters go to the polls next Thursday (May 7th).

The annual fundraising event for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is to be held at the firm’s offices in Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Biggin Hill, Bletchingley, Lingfield, East Grinstead, Edenbridge, Oxted, Forest Row and Reigate.

Passers-by on their way to the polling stations and clients and customers are invited to call in for coffee and cake in return for a donation to the lifesaving charity which relies almost entirely upon the generosity of the public to support the service.

Senior Partner Tim Foulkes said: “This year's cake and coffee morning is extra special because the air ambulance is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

“We have chosen to have it on the day of the Election so we will have cakes of all colours to represent the various political parties for people to vote for their favourite cake."

Howard Cundey is supporting the air ambulance for a third year and staff its Reigate office recently visited the Redhill base to present a cheque for last year’s fundraising total.

They won a tour of the helicopter base after being voted Community Champions in the firm’s Pride in our People Awards and they watched as the helicopter took off when it was called to a road traffic collision. Each callout costs about £2,500 so the substantial sum of £8,506 raised in 2014 will help fund three potentially lifesaving missions.

The funds were raised from the cake and coffee morning, a sponsored skydive at Headcorn Airfield and an auction including tickets to The Graham Norton Show and comedienne Miranda Hart.

Howard Cundey is again sponsoring the air ambulance’s Double 100 Cycle Challenge – a 100-mile of 100km bike ride which starts and finishes at the helicopter bases – and cyclists are being urged to sign up now.

If you would like to enter go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/involved/Double100. For more information call Julie Clare on 01622 833833, or email juliec@kssairambulance.org.uk

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Birchwood Park Golf Centre to Raise Thousands for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance

Birchwood Park Golf Centre, in Wilmington, Dartford, has nominated the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance as its chosen charity for 2015.

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance responds to over 2,500 serious medical emergencies in the South East every year and is available to anyone living in the region, 24 hours a day.

Melanie Drake, General Manager at Birchwood Park, said it’s a charity close to her heart:

“Last year we had several incidents with our senior members where we needed the support of the ambulance service. Each occasion was very worrying and due to our location there could well be a time in the future where we need to call on the expertise of the Air Ambulance as well, hence they are our chosen charity.

“I know a lot of people in the area owe their lives to the Air Ambulance. It’s an extremely worthy cause and a vital service. I’m excited to raise as much money as possible for them as our new charitable partner.”

Throughout 2014, the Centre hosted various events and initiatives which culminated in significant money being raised for the then chosen charity Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.  Various fundraising events included a large community bake sale lead by on-site chef Sue Brame.

“While the Centre and our members did a fantastic job raising so much money for charity last year, we’re very determined to improve on our total for a cause that is very close to our hearts,” added Melanie.

For more information on Birchwood Park Golf Centre visit http://www.birchwoodparkgc.co.uk/

Monday, 27 April 2015

Two down, four to go for Challenge Natalie

Photo: Natalie Sparrow

A Tunbridge Wells woman has embarked on a fundraising mission to complete six challenges in as many months in aid of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

Marketing administrator Natalie Sparrow, has already completed a 10k run in Monaco and a 90-mile bike ride in the New Forest.

Next week (May 9th), she will get back in the saddle for the 225km Coast to Coast bike ride from Whitehaven to Tynemouth.

In June, she will set off at midnight for the 26-mile Edinburgh Moonwalk before running the London 10k a month later.

And finally, in August, she will get take part in the 100-mile Prudential Ride in London to complete her fundraising for the air ambulance.

She said: “The conditions for my first two events have been challenging and mentally testing but I’m determined to continue with the remaining challenges.

“My mindset has always been that if I commit to do something I will see it through and giving up is not an option. I may not be the quickest person out there but at least I’m giving it a go.”

Natalie works for Sundridge-based housing developer Ward Homes who have chosen the air ambulance as its Charity of the Year.

She has so far raised £375 for the charity helicopter which relies almost entirely on donations, and can be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/Nataliesparrow

If you would like to enter Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s special 25th anniversary bike ride go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/involved/Double100. For more information call Julie Clare on 01622 833833, or email juliec@kssairambulance.org.uk

Meet the air ambulance crew and win a car at Ardingly

Visitors to this weekend’s Ardingly Spring Show will get the chance to meet the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance crew and win a brand new car in a raffle to celebrate the charity’s Silver Jubilee.

The helicopter will be based at The Showground on Sunday (May 3rd) and Monday (May 4th) so members of the public can meet the pilot, doctor and paramedic - subject to emergency callouts.

There will also be a raffle to win a red 1.2 Mini One three-door hatchback which has been kindly donated by Barretts of Canterbury.

The car boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, front foglights, on-board computer and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB digital radio.

The air ambulance has helped thousands of people and saved many lives after attending more than 25,000 call-outs over the last quarter of a century.

Head of Promotions Katie Eeles said: “The service we provide today would simply not be possible without the kind support of the public.

“The need for our life-saving service will never go away, and your support will help to ensure that we can continue helping patients who need us for many years to come.”

Tickets for the Win a Mini raffle cost £5 each and can also be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk. The draw will take place on December 15th, 2015, making it a perfect Christmas present for one lucky winner.

The charity is very grateful to Barretts of Canterbury, a Kent-based family-run business famous for its motor dealerships based in Canterbury and Ashford. It currently boasts six car franchises including Broad Oak Mini from where the prize car has kindly been donated.

Win a Mini at Swan Centre

Photo: L-R, Air Ambulance doctor Fiona Reardon, Pilot Alasdair Auchincloss and critical care paramedic Stu Plumbley pictured at the helicopter base with the prize Mini

Shoppers in Leatherhead will get the chance this week to win a brand new car worth £15,000 in a raffle to celebrate Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s Silver Jubilee.

The red 1.2 Mini One three-door hatchback has been kindly donated by Barretts of Canterbury and boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, front foglights, on-board computer and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB digital radio.

The car will go on show at the Swan Centre on Friday (May 1st) and Saturday (May 2nd) when visitors can buy a raffle ticket for the draw.

The charity has helped thousands of people and saved many lives after attending more than 25,000 call-outs over the last quarter of a century.

Air Ambulance Head of Promotions Katie Eeles said: “The service we provide today would simply not be possible without the kind support of the public.

“The need for our life-saving service will never go away, and your support will help to ensure that we can continue helping patients who need us for many years to come.”

Tickets for the Win a Mini raffle cost £5 each and can also be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk. The draw will take place on December 15th, 2015, making it a perfect Christmas present for one lucky winner.

The charity is very grateful to Barretts of Canterbury, a Kent-based family-run business famous for its motor dealerships based in Canterbury and Ashford. It currently boasts six car franchises including Broad Oak Mini from where the prize car has kindly been donated.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Air Ambulance Spring Draw winners

Photo: L-R, Air Ambulance pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, and Dr Tom Breen pick the winning tickets in the charity’s Spring Draw

A Bexhill woman has won the £5.000 jackpot in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s annual Spring Draw today (Friday).

Margaret Torrance’s winning ticket was the first picked out of the drum by the pilot and doctor at the helicopter base.

The longstanding air ambulance supporter bought £20 worth of tickets after joining the life-saving charity’s lottery nearly 10 years ago and was shocked when she won the top prize.

She said: “It’s such a shock that I haven’t got a clue at the moment what we will spend the money on. I’ve won £25 in the air ambulance lottery before but not this sort of amount.

“The air ambulance is such a worthwhile cause and we never know when we may need it.”

Mr Tomlin, from Gravesend, won the second prize of £1,000, while Mrs Owen, from Woking, won the third prize of £250.

There were five further runners-up prizes of £50 for Mrs Murray from Hastings, Mr Kennedy (Dover), Mrs Creed (Margate), Mr Metz (Eastbourne) and Mrs Hughes (Worthing)

Each air ambulance callout costs about £2,500 and the total income raised from this year’s draw is enough to help potentially save 70 lives.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance also has a raffle to win a brand new car worth £15,000 as part of a year-long celebration of its 25th anniversary.

The red 1.2 Mini One three-door hatchback has been kindly donated by Barretts of Canterbury and boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, front foglights, on-board computer and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB digital radio.

The car will go on show at the Priory Meadow Shopping Centre in Hastings this weekend (April 25th/26th) when visitors can buy a raffle ticket for the draw.

Tickets for the Win a Mini raffle cost £5 each and can also be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk. The draw will take place on December 15th, 2015, making it a perfect Christmas present for one lucky winner.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Win a Mini at Priory Meadow

Photo: L-R, Air Ambulance doctor Fiona Reardon, Pilot Alasdair Auchincloss and critical care paramedic Stu Plumbley pictured at the helicopter base with the prize Mini

Shoppers in Hastings will get the chance this weekend to win a brand new car worth £15,000 in a raffle to celebrate Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s Silver Jubilee.

The red 1.2 Mini One three-door hatchback has been kindly donated by Barretts of Canterbury and boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, front foglights, on-board computer and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB digital radio.

The car will go on show at Priory Meadow on Saturday (April 25th) and Sunday (April 26th) when visitors can buy a raffle ticket for the draw.

The charity has helped thousands of people and saved many lives after attending more than 25,000 call-outs over the last quarter of a century.

Air Ambulance Head of Promotions Katie Eeles said: “The service we provide today would simply not be possible without the kind support of the public.

“The need for our life-saving service will never go away, and your support will help to ensure that we can continue helping patients who need us for many years to come.”

Tickets for the Win a Mini raffle cost £5 each and can also be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk. The draw will take place on December 15th, 2015, making it a perfect Christmas present for one lucky winner.

The charity is very grateful to Barretts of Canterbury, a Kent-based family-run business famous for its motor dealerships based in Canterbury and Ashford. It currently boasts six car franchises including Broad Oak Mini from where the prize car has kindly been donated.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Air Ambulance called to three generations of one family

Photo: Natalie, Tim, Diana and Izzy

A former Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance paramedic is planning a sponsored skydive for the charity after the helicopter was called to three generations of her family, in separate accidents.

Natalie Brodrick’s niece Izzy Sharpe, 18, was airlifted last month (March 4th) after she fell off her horse near Rye.

The accident happened less than a year after the helicopter was called to Natalie’s parents Tim and Diana who were involved in a road traffic collision.

And like Izzy, mother-of-two Natalie was also airlifted after she too fell of her horse five years ago. All four have since made a full recovery.

Natalie, 37, said: “You just never know when you’re going to need the air ambulance. We all took precautions, Mum and Dad were wearing seatbelts and Izzy and I were both wearing a helmet and body protection.

“Horse riding is a risky sport and we all try to safeguard against injury as much as possible with protective equipment but you just never know what’s going to happen. All four of us have used the service and now we want to give something back.”

Izzy, a novice rider, was thrown off her horse at a riding school in Playden and was treated at the scene by the air ambulance’s doctor and paramedic.

They feared she may have broken her pelvis, a potentially fatal injury, so flew her to the regional Major Trauma Centre at the Royal Sussex County Hospital at Brighton.

In June last year, Natalie’s parents were driving back from a hospital appointment when their car was involved in a collision with an oncoming tractor and another vehicle at Peasmarsh.

They were treated at the road-side by the helicopter crew before being taken by land ambulance to the Conquest Hospital.

Natalie added: “Mum and Dad’s accident happened just down the road from where I live and I heard the screeching of tyres. I’m a Community First Responder but I couldn’t respond to it because I was heavily pregnant at the time.

“I stood at the end of my drive slowing the traffic down and I knew the air ambulance was on its way because I could hear the helicopter circling. I then got a call from a paramedic on my Mum’s phone saying that she and Dad had been in an accident.”

Natalie was airlifted after she fell off her horse in Camber in 2010 and in all three cases her former colleagues at the ambulance call centre were unaware of the connection to her.

Almost half of the air ambulance’s callouts are to road traffic collisions and about 6% are to equestrian accidents.

Natalie and Izzy are now planning to jump out of an aeroplane at 12,000ft in a sponsored skydive to raise funds for the air ambulance which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Brighton Marathon runners fly flag for Air Ambulance

Photo 1: Ben Mundy pictured near the finish line

Photo 2: Air ambulance paramedic Lewis Price

A team of 18 runners completed Sunday’s Brighton Marathon in aid of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance which will next year be one of the race’s official Charity Partners.

One of the helicopter’s paramedics, Lewis Price, and BBC Radio 1 and BBC Three’s Ben Mundy were among the group of runners for the air ambulance which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Newsbeat reporter Ben, from Sittingbourne, beat his four-hour target by just two minutes and shaved almost half an hour off his previous best in the London Marathon two years ago.

The former Borden Grammar School pupil decided to support the charity after covering a new story about cycling accidents which the air ambulance is often called to.

Ben, 30, said: “It’s an amazing cause and it was such a great day. I had a bit of a wobble around the 16-20-mile mark but I managed to find a guy who I used to play football with and ran with him for a few miles.

“It’s funny how thousands enter the marathon and you end up seeing people you know. My training got me to 21 miles so I knew if I could reach 21 it was going to be close.”

One of the air ambulance’s pilots, Pilot Mark Howard-Smith was forced to pull out if the race at the last minute through injury but watched proudly as partner Danielle Harris, from Shoreham, completed the race in 4hrs, 8mins.

Paramedic Lewis, from Deal, clocked 4hrs, 26mins in his first 26-miler and has so far raised more than £700 for the charity which relies almost entirely on donations.

He said: “I hit the wall at 22 miles and it was painful. I tried to walk but that hurt even more so I had to run again. I ended up running with Batman and Superman!

“The support out there from everyone, the crowd and the charity was really fantastic. I did it because I like a challenge and I’ve signed up for next year.”

The charity’s other runners were Ciaran O’Reilly from County Kerry, Ireland (3hrs,50mins), Matthew Pitteway from Petworth (3hrs,57mins), Steve Tinson, from Brighton (3hrs,58mins),  Ben Parkinson from Ashford (4hrs,4mins), Rory Burdfield from Littlehampton (4hrs,26mins), Annabel Scott from Burgess Hill (4hrs,31mins), Jo Mitchell from Epsom (4hrs,32mins), Tom West from Tonbridge (4hrs,48mins), Sarah Gess from Redhill (4hrs,51mins), trainee paramedic Victoria Pearce from Faversham, (5hrs,3mins), Steve Martin from Brighton (5hrs,3mins), Harry Barwick from Sutton, (5hrs,9mins), Eddie Preece from Shoreham (5hrs,30mins) Tom McLeish from Crawley Down (6hrs,13mins) and PCSO Graeme Foster from Worthing (7hrs,5mins).

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance will be one of the 2016 Brighton Marathon’s official Charity Partners and is appealing for runners to sign up now. If you would like to run for the air ambulance please contact Lauren Elphick on 01622 833833 or email laurene@kssairambulance.org.uk

Win a Mini at The Orchards

Photo: L-R, Air Ambulance doctor Fiona Reardon, Pilot Alasdair Auchincloss and critical care paramedic Stu Plumbley pictured at the helicopter base with the prize Mini.

Shoppers at The Orchards in Haywards Heath will get the chance next week to win a brand new car worth £15,000 in a raffle to celebrate Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s Silver Jubilee.

The red 1.2 Mini One three-door hatchback has been kindly donated by Barretts of Canterbury and boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, front foglights, on-board computer and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB digital radio.

The car will go on show at the shopping centre in St Wilfrids Way on Friday (April 17th) and Saturday (April 18th) when visitors can buy a raffle ticket for the draw.

The charity has helped thousands of people and saved many lives after attending more than 25,000 call-outs over the last quarter of a century.

Air Ambulance Head of Promotions Katie Eeles said: “The service we provide today would simply not be possible without the kind support of the public.

“The need for our life-saving service will never go away, and your support will help to ensure that we can continue helping patients who need us for many years to come.”

Tickets for the Win a Mini raffle cost £5 each and can also be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk. The draw will take place on December 15th, 2015, making it a perfect Christmas present for one lucky winner.

The charity is very grateful to Barretts of Canterbury, a Kent-based family-run business famous for its motor dealerships based in Canterbury and Ashford. It currently boasts six car franchises including Broad Oak Mini from where the prize car has kindly been donated.

Monday, 13 April 2015

School's £1,000 lift for air ambulance

Photo: Air Ambulance doctor Dave Paradise, Paramedic Sloane Phillips, Tegan Poole, Jemima Nash, Harriet Page, and Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard.

Three pupils at The Focus School at Pulborough Campus have raised more than than £1,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

The fundraising drive was spearheaded by Jemima Nash and Harriet Page, both 11, and 10-year-old Tegan Poole after two of their friends were airlifted.

They held a cake sale, Name the Puppy contest, bike ride and market boot sale and raised a grand total of £1,013 in just two months.

A school spokesman said: “It was a great achievement for 10 and 11 year-olds which they organized entirely themselves with great enthusiasm.”

Jemima, Harriet and Tegan were given a tour of the helicopter base last week as they presented their cheque to the pilot, doctor and paramedic.

They were even allowed to sit in the back of the MD902 Explorer which flies at speeds of up to 150mph and can reach the furthest part of each county within 25 minutes.

Tegan said: “It was interesting to visit the base and amazing to find out about everything the crew can do and how much equipment is on the helicopter.”

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance recently launched its schools presentation to educate youngsters about its lifesaving work.

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.

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 veronicaw@kssairambulance.org.uk.

Pilot, paramedic and reporter prepare for Brighton Marathon

Photos: Ben Mundy pictured at the Air Ambulance base at Marden

BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Three’s Ben Mundy will be among Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s team of runners in Sunday’s Brighton Marathon.

One of the helicopter’s pilots, Mark Howard-Smith, and Lewis Price, a paramedic, will also be running in aid of the lifesaving charity which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Newsbeat reporter Ben, from Sittingbourne, is aiming to complete only his second marathon after completing the London Marathon two years ago.

The former Borden Grammar School pupil, who now lives in south-east London, has been pounding the streets on his way home from work in preparation for the race.

Ben, 30, said: “I decided to support the air ambulance after covering a news story about cycling accidents, which the helicopter is often called to.

“I’m from Kent and I have seen the service used several times, although never needed it myself thank goodness.”

Two years ago, Ben ran the London Marathon and raised £1,800 for Demelza Hospice Care for Children after growing close to the charity while working at Invicta FM and BBC Radio Kent.

He is aiming to complete Sunday’s marathon in under four hours after clocking 4hrs, 20mins on his first 26-mile run. Mark and Lewis, from Deal, will also be among the charity’s team of 20 runners.

Air Ambulance Head of Community Engagement Amy Hamer said: “This is a really special year for us at the air ambulance as we celebrate our Silver Jubilee so it’s great to have such a headline act as Ben as one of our runners, and some of our crew.”

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

TWM Solicitors help save 20 lives

Photo: TWM solicitors David Hitchcock, Sarah Bostock and Daniel Church pictured preparing for their 2013 Adventure Relay

A firm of solicitors has successfully reached a milestone of raising £50,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance as the charity celebrates its Silver Jubilee.

TWM Solicitors has supported the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) since 2009 and held a number of fundraising events since then including an annual Adventure Relay.

Staff have also taken part in the air ambulance’s annual Double 100 Cycle Challenge and Funky Footwear Friday which is part of Air Ambulance Week.

Each callout of the helicopter costs about £2,500 so the fantastic sum raised so far would fund 20 potentially life-saving missions.

Patrick Stewart is a TWM Partner and a member of the Surrey County Board of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

He said: “The majority of staff have supported or taken part in our fundraising efforts over the last few years but the same core group of individuals have driven our efforts forward throughout that time and are key to generating engagement and enthusiasm across the firm and getting people involved.

“These individuals are Matthew Truelove, Daniel Church, Sarah Bostock, David Hitchcock, Katie Woodcock, Amanda John, and Elizabeth Sewell who manages our corporate responsibility programme.”

TWM reached its £50,000 landmark with a donation towards a reception at the University of Surrey to mark the air ambulance’s 25th anniversary. Other fundraising events include raffles, sweepstakes, marathons and a Survival of the Fittest challenge.

TWM Solicitors is a 200-year-old law firm which employs 170 staff at offices in Guildford, Cranleigh, Reigate, Leatherhead, Epsom, Mayfair and Wimbledon.

Julie Clare, of Air Ambulance Corporate Relations, said: “The various forms of fundraising activities by the team at TWM have been fun, intuitive and fantastically successful. It really is an excellent example of corporate support at its very best.”

Survivor reunited with lifesavers

Photo 1: Dr Simon Wood, Christine and Thomas Covey, and critical care paramedic David Wright

A  young lady from a farming family has been reunited with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance crew who helped save her life, after raising more than £5,000 to the charity.

Christine Covey, 22, sustained multiple injuries when the Land Rover she was a passenger in was involved in a collision with a lorry just yards from her home in Alfold.

She was thrown out of the vehicle and suffered a potentially fatal fractured pelvis,  broken hips, a collapsed lung and broken shoulder.

The mother-of-one spent a month in hospital and underwent several operations but has since made a good recovery.

Christine held a masquerade ball for the air ambulance and raised a grand total of £5,600 which she presented to the doctor and paramedic who helped save her life.

She said: “Ever since I was a kid I wanted a masquerade ball for my 21st birthday but I spent it in hospital so it kind of went out of the window.

“But when I came out I wanted to do something for the air ambulance to say thank you. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have made it to hospital.”

Christine had been delivering logs when the collision happened as she returned home in November, 2013. She had to be given emergency treatment at the road-side by the air ambulance’s doctor, Simon Wood, and critical care paramedic David Wright.

She was taken to the Major Trauma Centre at St George’s Hospital in London where she spent almost a month in intensive care and was put on a life support machine. She also needed several operations on her pelvis.

She said: “The last thing I can remember before the accident was calling the electric gate to our drive, the driver shouting, looking up and then seeing a head light.

“Afterwards, I remember being in a lot of pain but I was quite adamant that I’d just broken my leg and was trying to get up because I was in the road and thought I was going to get run over.

“A lot of my broken bones were around my arteries so if I wasn’t sedated I probably wouldn’t have made it.”

The ball was held in September at The Three Compasses and there was also a raffle and auction with prizes including Top Gear tickets and even alpacas and piglets.

Each helicopter callout costs about £2,500 so the fantastic sum raised by Christine, her family and friends will fund two potentially life-saving missions.

Christine is still undergoing physiotherapy and awaiting hip replacements but bravely cast aside her crutches as she visited the air ambulance base at Redhill. 

Paramedic David Wright, now an Operational Clinical Lead, said: “It is always rewarding for us when we are able to meet a patient we have treated.

“We see patients in very different circumstances by the roadside, so to hear from Christine about her recovery and to see her looking so well was wonderful.”