Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Masonic motorcyclists gift to air ambulance

Photo: Master of the Sussex Motorcycling Lodge, Colin Stanley presenting the cheque to air ambulance pilots.

Chief pilot Nick Bramley and First Officer David Milton from the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance were presented with a cheque for £1,400 from the Sussex Motorcycling Lodge at the charity’s Redhill base last week (6th November).

The money was raised at a charity auction organised by the Sussex masonic lodge members who also presented SERV (Sussex Emergency Rider Volunteers) with the same amount.

The keen riders of the Lodge support motorcycle-related social activities such as ride-outs and attend popular annual events in the motorcycle calendar.

Mike Alderson, Charity Steward for the Lodge, said: “As motorcyclists we are only too aware of the vital work both organisations do on a daily basis. As Sussex masons we are delighted to be able to support their work helping the people of Sussex.”

In 2013, the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance broke new ground by becoming the first and it is still the only air ambulance in the country to fly 24 hours a day. In the same year the charity also introduced blood on board the helicopters so that blood transfusions can be carried out at the scene.

Jill Hunt, Communications Director for the air ambulance, said: “We are really grateful to the Sussex Motorcycling Lodge for their very generous support. We work closely with SERV who deliver blood to our bases on a daily basis, so it is fitting that they were presented with a cheque at the same time”.

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance relies almost entirely on donations to raise the £6.5million a year needed to fund the service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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