Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Christmas baubles campaign raises £17,000

Photo: Paramedic David Griffiths and Dr Sarah Honess. Please credit Darren Woolway

A Christmas baubles campaign has raised more than £17,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

Supporters of the lifesaving charity have been urged by a former patient to send season’s greetings to the pilot, doctor and paramedic on a bauble-shaped card.

More than 570 have so far sent messages and some of them now adorn a Christmas tree at the helicopter base at Marden.

The charity has also received a total of £17,448 in donations as it nears the end of its year-long 25th anniversary celebrations. Some of the messages include:

“Keep up the wonderful work which saved my son eight years ago and who got married in August to the girl who was with him in the accident back then.”

“I wish you all a very happy Christmas. May it also be peaceful and trouble-free so that you can enjoy it with your families.”

“I’m very pleased to say we have never had to use your services and we hope we never will but we would like to say we appreciate all your hard work you all do.”

“Thank you for being there when you are needed. The sound of the helicopter arriving must bring great comfort to the sick and injured.”

“Thank you for all your hard lifesaving work. You make a big difference to people in life-threatening situations.”

The air ambulance’s first ever Christmas baubles campaign was launched by mother-of-two Liz James, from East Grinstead, who was involved in a road traffic accident on her way home from work.

She told supporters: “My family and I would like to thank you for your continued support of the air ambulance because this is what undoubtedly helped to save my life and keep us all together.”

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has attended more than 2,100 callouts so far this year and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Supporters can still send the air ambulance a seasonal greeting and donation at www.kssairambulance.org.uk/help/crewmessage

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