Thursday, 20 August 2015

Biker's skydive for son's lifesavers

A Seaford father is jumping out of an aeroplane this week in a sponsored skydive for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance after his son was saved by the charity.

School caretaker Matthew Bryant, 50, and his son Robert were on their way to the annual May Day Run at Hastings when Robert hit a pothole and came off his machine.

The 20-year-old plumber suffered multiple injuries and had to be given emergency treatment at the roadside by the helicopter’s doctor and paramedic.

He was flown to a London hospital where he spent the next three weeks but has now made a full recovery following the crash two years ago, on the A267 at Horam.

On Friday, (August 21st), Matthew will take the plunge from 12,000ft at Headcorn Airfield to raise funds for the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on donations.

He said: “I’m doing this to thank them for what they did for Robert because I believe he wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them.

“He had 10 broken ribs, a damaged spleen, a punctured lung, a broken collarbone and lost a kidney. The doctors at the hospital said he was very lucky to be alive.”

Last year, Matthew abseiled King’s College Hospital to raise funds for its new rooftop helipad which is due to open later this year.

The father-of-three also did a bungee jump at Brighton Marina as a surprise 50th birthday present from his wife.

He added: “I can’t wait for the skydive and I’m not nervous at all. If it’s anything like the bungee jump it will be fantastic.”

Matthew and Robert are planning to visit the air ambulance base later this month the meet the pilot, doctor and paramedic, and present their cheque.

Matthew has so far raised about £350 for the charity which receives not statutory Government or National Lottery funding.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Win a Mini at Shoreham Air 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 Shoreham Air 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 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 show on Saturday (August 22nd) and Sunday (August 23rd) when visitors can buy a raffle ticket for the draw.

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.

One of them was 11-year-old Harry Leake who suffered multiple life-threatening injuries after he was involved in a collision with a motorbike in Worthing.

He was one of the first patients to be given a blood transfusion at the roadside by the charity helicopter’s doctor and paramedic, and has since made a full recovery.

His grandmother Sandra McCann said: “If it wasn’t for the air ambulance, Harry wouldn’t be here today. We owe them everything, they do a wonderful job and we can’t thank them enough.”

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 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.”

Monday, 17 August 2015

Rye jazz fest brings soul to lifesaving charity

Some of the greatest names from the world of blues, jazz, soul and world music will be appearing at Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival next week.

The festival, which spans four days and five nights, runs from August 27th – 31st  and will be supporting lifesaving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

Wilko Johnson, the former guitarist with Dr Feelgood and The Blockheads who recently won a long battle with cancer, will be among the line-up.

The Blues Band which includes former Manfred Man frontman Paul Jones will also be performing at the Milligan Theatre.

On Saturday, (August 29th), BBC Radio 2 presenter and 2005 and 2007 British Jazz Singer of the Year Clare Teal will be hosting an evening of world classic Alfreco jazz at the Lamb House.

The line-up also includes American R&B and Soul singer AverySunshine, Welsh jazz singer Ian Shaw and Manchester band GoGo Penguin.

Festival Director Ian Bowden said: “We are extremely proud to be working with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance as our official charity partners this year and we hugely respect the lifesaving service that it provides across the South East.

“Through our partnership, we want people at the festival to gain a greater understanding of the incredible service that the Trust provides.”

Music fans will be able to watch headline concerts, a spectrum jazz lounge, street events, an outdoor stage, fringe events, cinematic screenings and live music at local venues throughout Rye.

On Sunday (August 30th) and Monday (August 31st) there will be a bucket collection in aid of the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on donations and this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Tickets for the shows cost from £8 to £35 and can be booked online at www.ryejazz.com

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Saddle up for Silver Jubilee bike ride

Photo: Riders setting off from the Air Ambulance base at Marden at the start of last year’s double 100 Cycle Challenge

Life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is appealing for cyclists to enter its annual bike ride next month (September 27th).

More than 300 riders entered last year’s Double 100 Cycle Challenge and helped raise a record £45,000 for the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) which relies almost entirely on donations.

The 100-mile and 100km rides start and finish at the helicopter bases at Marden and Redhill and will this year include a special 25-mile route to celebrate the charity’s 25th anniversary.

Among the riders will be a former air ambulance critical care paramedic and a Shepperton father he helped save following a cycling accident.

Andy Curran, 44, suffered multiple injuries after he crashed during a training ride and had to be given emergency treatment at the road-side by the doctor and paramedic Stu Plumbley from Caterham.

He spent three months in hospital and even missed his wedding but has since made a good recovery following the accident four years ago.

Another former patient taking part in the ride is Peter Fletcher from Dover who was involved in a collision with a car while training for a ride aid of the air ambulance.

He also suffered multiple injuries and had to be given emergency treatment at the roadside but has since made a good recovery following the accident three years ago.

He said: “I have become a lifelong supporter of the air ambulance. It is appropriate, given my accident, that I have signed up for the Double 100.  My year has been planned toward this event and it has helped my recovery.”

Brigade Electronics from South Darenth, who have already raised £7,500 for the air ambulance, and Southeastern Railways at Orpington, are among the teams entered in the ride which has again kindly been sponsored by Fidelity Worldwide Investment.

Vicki Haxton, Senior Manager Corporate Citizenship, said: “Fidelity is proud to be supporting the Double 100 Cycle Challenge for the second time in their jubilee anniversary year. We are delighted to support the Air Ambulance and help raise money for this incredibly worthy cause.

“The air ambulance is a vital service in this area and we recognise the significant contribution they make towards saving lives in our community. We are looking forward to many of our employees participating in the event.”

The Double 100, now in its fifth year, has also been sponsored by Howard Cundey Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents, and supported by Halfords, Warburtons and Bobby’s Foods.

The ride is open to regular, occasional and sportif cyclists with free lunch and refreshments provided at feeding stations along the scenic route. The registration fee is a minimum of £15.

Riders will set off between 7am and 9am with free parking, changing and toilet facilities available at both starting points. Motorbike marshals will be riding the course throughout the day and there will also be mobile mechanics and a breakdown recovery vehicle.

To register go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/involved/Double100 and for more information call Julie Clare on 01622 833833, or email juliec@kssairambulance.org.uk

Win a Mini at Airbourne

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 week’s Eastbourne Airshow Airbourne 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 go on display on the Western Lawns where visitors can buy a raffle ticket for the draw during the four-day show.

There will also be a bucket collection in aid of the air ambulance which 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 Eastbourne motorcyclist Paul Gape and his partner Emma, a pillion passenger, who were involved in a collision with a car in June.

He said: “I remember everything about the incident clearly, especially the amazing care we had from the emergency services at the roadside.

“One of the most comforting memories was seeing the air ambulance circle and land nearby and attendance from the specialist trauma doctor and paramedic.”

Emma had to undergo an operation and was in intensive care but has since made a good recovery and Paul is now back at work.

He added: “We had been out on a charity motorcycle event and it just goes to show no matter what you are doing or where it is you never know when the air ambulance might have to come to your aid. It is an amazingly vital lifesaving charity that is so deserving of generous support.”

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.”

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Free of Charge Charity Places in Run Reigate!

Our community team are all really excited that the charity is one of the partner charities with Run Reigate 2015! This event is definitely going from strength to strength with the addition of a 10k race this year.
 
2015 is a very special year for us as we celebrate 25 years of operating the service across the South East. In celebration, we really do want to make this a bumper year for our challenge events and we’ve bought some charity places that we are GIVING AWAY to anyone who will pledge to raise sponsorship of £50 (for the 10k) or £140 (half marathon). Those of you who don’t like to be tied to a fundraising target might prefer to buy your own place from the race organisers, and just contact us for a sponsor form, or set up an online giving page with Just Giving.
 
We’re going to be there on the day to cheer on our runners, as well as bringing along the fabulous red 1.2 Mini One that we are raffling. We’ll have a lucky dip for the children and, if all works out well, a visit from the Air Ambulance itself (not to attend to anyone, hopefully – just so that you can see our helicopter and maybe meet the crew). This is currently being arranged so do keep an eye on our Blog and our Facebook page for more news on this.
 
With an ever-growing team for the 2016 Brighton Marathon (for which we’re still accepting entries), we feel that Run Reigate is a fantastic warm up for our marathon runners – either the 10k or the half marathon would be a good way to get used to running in an organised race.
 

We supply our team with running vests, fundraising packs and a special
limited edition 25th Anniversary pin badge – plus loads of support and encouragement!

 
And what better way to get fit, than to be running in the knowledge that you are raising vital funds to help pay for all the skills, expertise and equipment (usually only found in a hospital emergency department) to be delivered swiftly to those who need it?
 
Please give us a call on 01622 833833 – no obligation – if you’d like to find out more. Just ask for Lauren, Veronica or any of the Community or Corporate teams. Or click here to email us!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Painter rolls in the money with £5,000 lottery win

Photo: Air Ambulance Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard

A painter and decorator is splashing out on a holiday to the south of France after winning more than £5,000 in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s lottery.

Andy Cheek, 38, signed up for the lifesaving charity’s Superdraw through a canvasser at his local Morrisons last year.

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 7, 15, 18 and 20 in Wednesday’s draw

The married father-of-two won a grand total of £5,265 and is now planning a week-long trip to Nice with his family.

He said: “We were planning to go anyway but at least now we can have a bit more of a nicer time. We’re stopping in the Champagne region on the way back so we’ll stock up with some bubbly to celebrate.

“I think the most I’ve won before is about £100 on the National Lottery. I was at work when the cheque arrived and I couldn’t believe it so my wife took a picture of it and sent it to me.

“I ride motorbikes and my wife rides horses and you never know when you may need the air ambulance but hopefully not.”

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