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.

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