Photo: L-R, Kate Chivers with Tony Monteuuis at Canterbury Cathedral.
The historic Canterbury Cathedral was the venue for a service celebrating 25 years of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance last night (May 27th).
More than 800 guests including supporters, volunteers, former patients, crew, staff, trustees and dignitaries gathered at the cathedral for a special service to celebrate the charity’s Silver Jubilee.
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 since the helicopter was first launched at Rochester Airport.
Former patient Michael Lutener who was airlifted following a farming accident and Peter Parvin whose young son was also airlifted spoke about their experiences of the air ambulance. Dr Richard Lyons received enthusiastic applause when he talked about his work as a doctor on the air ambulance and shared a patient story.
Among the guests were the founder and Chief Executive from 1990-2003, Kate Chivers.
Kate said: “We owe thanks to those who have supported us and all who have served with the air ambulance over the past 25 years.
The current Chairman, Tony Monteuuis who read the first lesson said: “This service appreciates and remembers the wonderful people who have given so much and enabled us to develop our operations, as well as those patients who have had the good fortune to benefit from your generosity.
The hour-long service was kindly sponsored by Fidelity Worldwide Investment and finished with a blessing from the Bishop of Dover.