Monday, 27 July 2015

Win a Mini at Market Place

Photo: L-R, Air Ambulance paramedics Sloane Philips and Lewis Price, Dr Leonieke Vlaanderen and Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, pictured at the helicopter base with the prize Mini.

Shoppers in Burgess Hill 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 Market Place Shopping Centre from Tuesday (August 4th) until Sunday (August 9th) 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.

Win a Mini at Folkestone Trawler Race

Photo: L-R, Air Ambulance paramedics Sloane Philips and Lewis Price, Dr Leonieke Vlaanderen and Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, pictured at the helicopter base with the prize Mini

Visitors to this weekend’s Folkestone Trawler Race & Funday will get the chance to win a brand new car worth £15,000 in a raffle to celebrate Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s 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 fog lights, on-board computer and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB digital radio.

The car will be at the festival on Saturday (August 1st) and then at the Easy Peasy Summer Fete at Lympne Castle on Monday (August 3rd) when visitors can buy a raffle ticket for the draw.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex 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 lifesaving 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.  

Bob hits high notes with £10,000 air ambulance lottery win

Photo: Superdraw winner Bob Ball, his grandchildren and Air Ambulance Pilot, Captain Dan Kitteridge

A Dorking pensioner is splashing out on the summer holidays for his grandchildren after winning more than £10,000 in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s lottery.

Retired highways worker Bob Ball, 71, signed up to the lifesaving charity’s Superdraw when a canvasser called at his home six years ago.

He thought nothing more of his £8-a-month subscription until he received a call telling him he had won the jackpot with lucky numbers 6, 12, 14 and 36 in Wednesday’s draw.

The National Trust volunteer won a grand total of £10,533 and is now planning a canal boat trip to London Zoo from Little Venice for Layla, 10, Sonny, 7, and Kyle, 6.

They visited the air ambulance base on Friday to pick up the cheque and watched as the helicopter landed following an emergency callout.

Bob said: “It’s great that this win has come at the beginning of the summer holidays as I can take the grandchildren out and haven’t got to worry about the cost.

“It’s fantastic and I can’t believe the amount, I thought it might be a bottle of wine and I’m shocked because I never win anything. I even forgot I was in the air ambulance lottery.

“I’ve always been very keen on the air ambulance because I worked for the Highways Agency and I know how often it gets called to road accidents. Earlier this year, I was lying in a hospital bed at St George’s and I saw it land on the roof.”

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s Regular Lottery costs just £1 per week and there are 12 winners drawn each week with prizes ranging from £25 to £1,000.

For an extra £1 a week, players can join the Superdraw which has a maximum jackpot of £25,000 – a life-changing amount. To join the lottery go to https://www.kssairambulance.org.uk/give/howtojoin or call 01622 833833

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Win a Mini at Bexhill MotoFest

Photo:: L-R, Air Ambulance paramedics Sloane Philips and Lewis Price, Dr Leonieke Vlaanderen and Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, pictured at the helicopter base with the prize Mini.

Visitors to this weekend’s Bexhill MotoFest will get the chance to win a brand new car 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, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB radio.

The car will go on display at the festival on Sunday (July 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.

One of them was Bexhill High School teacher Philip Edkins, 47, who suffered a cardiac arrest four years ago.

PC Sarah Ellis carried out CPR for 10 minutes before paramedics arrived and the air ambulance flew him the specialist coronary unit at the William Harvey Hospital in Kent.

Philip has since made a full recovery and completed a five-mile run for the air ambulance while PC Ellis received an outstanding frontline service award.

He said: “I owe the air ambulance my life, without them I would not have survived. It is thanks to them, PC Ellis and the paramedics that I was able to have life back, it's that simple. We need to support this essential service in every way we can."

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.

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.”

Monday, 20 July 2015

Paramedic's skydive for air ambulance

Photo: Natalie pictured during her skydive on Saturday

A former Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance paramedic jumped out of an aeroplane in a sponsored skydive for the charity helicopter after it was called to her family three times.

Critical care paramedic Natalie Brodrick, 37, took the plunge with niece Izzy Sharpe who was airlifted earlier this year 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, 18, 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.

On Saturday (July 18th), Natalie and Izzy took the plunge in a tandem skydive from 12,000ft at Headcorn Airfield, watched by family and friends.

Natalie, from Peasmarsh, said: “It was awesome, a fantastic experience, and I would definitely do it again.

“My partner’s an ex-paratrooper so he’s used to jumping out of an aeroplane which is something I’ve always wanted to do despite being scared of heights. I was waiting for the nerves to kick in but they didn’t, I was just so excited.

“The most frightening bit was being perched on the edge, ready to jump into the abyss. Izzy went first but I caught her up and we were able to wave to eachother in mid-air.

“I’m so glad I had it filmed because it was all over so quickly. We were in freefall for about 40 seconds.”

Natalie and Izzy decided to raise funds for the air ambulance after it was called to three generations of their family, in separate accidents.

Izzy was thrown off her horse at a riding school in Playden in March and was treated at the scene by the helicopter’s doctor and paramedic. They feared she may have broken her pelvis so flew her to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in 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 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.

Natalie and Izzy have so far raised £625 of their £1,000 target and can still be sponsored at https://www.justgiving.com/Natalie-Brodrick/

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Win a Mini at Bearsted Green Classic Car Show

Photo:  L-R, Air Ambulance paramedics Sloane Philips and Lewis Price, Dr Leonieke Vlaanderen and Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, pictured at the helicopter base with the prize Mini

Visitors to this weekend’s Bearsted Green Classic Car Show will get the chance to win a brand new Mini 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, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB radio.

The car will go on display at Bearsted Green on Sunday (July 19th) when visitors can buy a raffle ticket for the draw.

The Marden-based 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.

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.

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.”

Hamstreet team hit almost £30,000 for air ambulance

Photos: Members of the Hamstreet Ultimate Road Trip (HURT) team pictured at the Air Ambulance base at Marden on Saturday

A group of fundraisers from Hamstreet have successfully completed the challenge of a lifetime and raised almost £30,000  for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

The 14-strong Hamstreet Ultimate Road Trip (HURT) team began their epic journey with a 1,344m hike up Ben Nevis - the highest mountain in Scotland.

They then cycled to and swam across Loch Lomond before getting back on their bikes and riding to Cumbria where they scaled Scaffell Pike.

The next stage of their quest saw them get back on the saddle and cycle to Lake Windermere before swimming across it.

Finally, they cycled to Wales where they climbed 1,085m Mount Snowdon before crossing Bala Lake and riding all the way back to Hamstreet on Saturday (July 11th), stopping off at the air ambulance bases at Redhill and Marden on the way.

Team member Mark Taylor said: “Several of the team couldn’t even swim a length before this but managed to swim a mile in open water which is unbelievable in itself.

“We started at Ben Nevis and the weather was absolutely hideous with 70mph winds and driving rain but mentally we were strong and we were on a bit of a high after day one.

“Like any challenge it wouldn’t have been a challenge if we didn’t have any problems and the weather was absolutely dreadful to start with.

“Injury-wise we have been so unlucky and we had three lads who were very doubtful they could continue after Lake Windermere but somehow they just gritted their teeth and got on with it in excruciating pain.”

The team were supported by a back-up vehicle and physiotherapist during their two-week adventure.

They held a number of fundraising events and have already beaten their target of raising £25,000 for the air ambulance in the year the charity celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Team Leader Spencer Goddard said: “We feel the air ambulance is such a worthwhile cause and to visit the base at Marden was really inspirational for us.

“It was called out while we were there and we committed ourselves to raising £25,000 to mark their Silver Jubilee and we’re now hoping to push towards £30,000.

“The whole event has been life-changing for everyone and it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of all our family and friends at home.”

The group have so far raised £29,186 can still be sponsored at www.hamstreet3peakchallenge.co.uk/ or  www.facebook.com/hamstreet3peaks

Monday, 13 July 2015

Win a Mini at Brands Hatch

Photo 2: John Crockford

British Superbike fans 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, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB radio.

The car will go on display on Saturday (July 18th) at Round 6 of the British Superbike Championship at the circuit where fans 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.

One of these was British Superbike ace John Crockford who suffered multiple injuries following a 130mph on the Brabham Straight at Brands.

He was given emergency treatment at the trackside by the Brands Hatch Medical Centre and the charity helicopter’s doctor and critical care paramedic before they flew him to the Royal London Hospital.

Doctors at the hospital’s Major Trauma Centre gave him just a 20 per cent chance of survival and he spent 17 days in intensive care but has since made a full recovery following the crash in 2011.

He said: "I cannot thank the air ambulance enough - without them I would not be here today. The extent of my injuries meant I would not have survived a journey by road.

“I have been riding and racing motorcycles all my life; it's my passion, but you never know what could happen around the next corner to yourself or loved ones."

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.

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.”

Doctor wins £1,000 in air ambulance lottery

Photo: Air Ambulance lottery winner Dr Clark

A retired doctor from Maidstone has won the £1,000 jackpot in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s lottery.

Dr Derek Clark, 80, decided to support the lifesaving charity after serving as a volunteer for St John Ambulance’s Aeromedical Service.

He signed up to the Regular Lottery and Superdraw two years ago after reading about the Marden-based Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)

The grandfather-of-two thought nothing more of his £8-a-month subscription until he received a call from the air ambulance telling him he had landed the top prize in the midweek Regular Lottery draw.

He said: “It was a bit of a surprise and a bit of a shock because I don’t win anything. I’ve never won anything more than a bottle of wine in a raffle or £25 in Premium Bonds.

“I’ve got a birthday coming up at the end of the month so we’ll go out for a nice meal to celebrate. The air ambulance is an essential service and it’s important to support the work they do.”

Dr Clark visited the helicopter base this week to pick up his cheque and kindly donated some of his winnings back to the charity.

He was keen to meet the pilot, doctor and paramedic, having served a technical adviser to the air attendant service of St John Ambulance which flew more than 500 missions, repatriating patients from areas such as the Far East, Australia, and North and South America.

The forensic odontologist was also involved in the Zeebrugge ferry disaster, the Piper Alpha oil rig fire and the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.

The air ambulance’s Regular Lottery costs just £1 per week and there are 12 winners drawn each week with prizes ranging from £25 to £1,000.

For an extra £1 a week, players can join the Superdraw which has a maximum jackpot of £25,000 – a life-changing amount. To join the lottery go to http://www.kssairambulance.org.uk/give/howtojoin or call 01622 833833

Friday, 10 July 2015

Lorry driver wins £5,000 in air ambulance lottery

Photo: Superdraw winner Steve Morse

A lorry driver from Ashford is splashing out on a holiday to Egypt after winning more than £5,000 in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s lottery.

Steve Morse, 59, signed up for the lifesaving charity’s Superdraw through a canvasser at his local supermarket two years ago.

He thought nothing more of his £8-a-month subscription until he received a call telling him he had won the top prize with lucky numbers 1, 7, 15 and 22 in Wednesday’s draw.

The grandfather-of-six is now planning to spend his winnings on a two-week trip to Sharm el-Sheikh to celebrate his 60th birthday in October.

He said: “I’d just finished a night shift and was just about to go to bed when the air ambulance called but I couldn’t’ sleep after they told me I’d won. I’m not usually stuck for words but I was then, I was absolutely buzzing.

“I’m a road-user and you never know when you may need them. Two years ago, I was driving down the M20 on Christmas Eve when a tree came right down in front of me. An ambulance was called, I wasn’t seriously hurt but it caused £7,000 worth of damage to the lorry.

“It wasn’t until I sat down with my family and grandchildren on Christmas day that I realised how lucky I was.”

Steve celebrated his windfall with a glass of bubbly as he visited the helicopter base at Marden yesterday (Thursday) to collect his cheque, and kindly donated back some of his winnings.

He added: “I didn’t join the air ambulance lottery to win, I did it more to support the charity than anything else.

“I didn’t even know how much you could win but you’ve got to be in it to win it. I used to race greyhounds so I might buy another one and if I do I’ll call it Air Ambulance!”

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s Regular Lottery costs just £1 per week and there are 12 winners drawn each week with prizes ranging from £25 to £1,000.

For an extra £1 a week, players can join the Superdraw which has a maximum jackpot of £25,000 – a life-changing amount. To join the lottery go to http://www.kssairambulance.org.uk/give/howtojoin or call 01622 833833.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Win a Mini at Kent County Show

Photo: L-R, Air Ambulance paramedics Sloane Philips and Lewis Price, Dr Leonieke Vlaanderen and Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, pictured today (Tuesday) at the helicopter base with the prize Mini.

Visitors to this weekend’s Kent County Show will get the chance 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, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB radio.

The car will go on display at the Kent Showground at Detling on Saturday, (July 11th), and Sunday, (July 12th), when visitors can buy a raffle ticket for the draw.

The Marden-based 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.

One of them was five-year-old Kye Sharrad from Harrietsham who suffered a potentially-fatal head injury after being knocked over by a horse.

He had to be given emergency treatment at the scene by the helicopter’s doctor and paramedic before being flown to hospital but has now made a full recovery following the accident two years ago.

His mother Kerry said: “Our family had already been through a trauma and to have lost Kye that day would have been the end for us as a family.

“Without a doubt, the air ambulance and their amazing team saved Kye’s life that day but not only that all of ours as well and brought us back as a family.”

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.

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.”

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

British Queen raises royal sum for air ambulance

Photo: Staff and customers at The British Queen with Air Ambulance volunteer Dave Winsor

Staff and customers at The British Queen in Willingdon have raised more than £6,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

The pub has been supporting the lifesaving charity since 2008, just a year after the Sussex helicopter was first launched.

This year alone, the annual charity day raised a massive £2,500 which is enough to fund a potentially lifesaving callout.

Dozens turned out for the 1950s American cars themed event last month (May 16th) which included live music, a barbecue, plant sale, book stall, a raffle and tombola.

Landlady Angela Cain said: “When you think how much each callout costs, it’s quite incredible to have raised that amount in just one day. I’d like to thank the customers and staff because without them it would not have been possible.”

Last year, the air ambulance landed in The British Queen’s car park following a road traffic collision nearby.

In total, the pub has so far raised £6,381 for the charity which receives no statutory Government or National Lottery funding and relies almost entirely on donations.

Air Ambulance Community Fundraising Officer Veronica Wiseman said: “We are enormously grateful to everyone at The British Queen for their continued support and for raising such a substantial sum over the years.”

Golfers hit £3,000 for air ambulance

Photo: L-R, West Chiltington Golf Club Mens Captain John Stevens, Air Ambulance Paramedic Alan Cowley, Dr Tom Breen and Ladies Captain Jane White

Golfers at West Chiltington Golf Club have raised more than £3,000 for lifesaving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

The Mens and Ladies Captains held a number of events at the 18-hole course including a 24-hour golf challenge, a black tie dinner and dance, and an auction.

There was also a raffle with prizes including a golf hat signed by 30 Pro-Am players and celebrities such as Rory Mcllroy, Ernie Els, Tim Henman and Ian Botham.

In total, they raised a massive £3,202 for the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on public donations. Each callout costs about £2,500 so the substantial sum raised could effectively help save a life.

Mens Captain John Stevens and Ladies Captain Jane White presented their cheque to the doctor and paramedic at the helicopter base last week.

John said: "The air ambulance is a real necessity and certainly gives a far better chance of survival and full recovery to anyone unfortunate enough to have a serious accident.”

Jane added: "It's a great charity that any one of us could be in need of as we go about our lives, not that we want it to.”

Just an hour after their visit, a man was flown to hospital after accidentally being struck on the head with a golf club in Hoo.