Photo: Members of Sevenoaks Friendship Centre pictured at the air ambulance base
A Sevenoaks club has raised a grand total of £34,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in 23 years of supporting the lifesaving charity which this year celebrates its Silver Jubilee.
Each helicopter callout costs about £2,500 so the sum raised by Sevenoaks Friendship Centre is enough to help potentially save 13 lives.
The over-50s club was founded in 1992 and has raised funds for the air ambulance ever since from coffee mornings, whist drives, plant and book sales, raffles and its annual Christmas dinner.
Members were recently given a tour of the Marden helicopter base as they handed over their latest £1,000 donation to the charity which was launched in December, 1989.
And they watched as the pilot, doctor and paramedic were called out to a road traffic collision during their visit.
Sevenoaks Friendship Centre chairman Alan Walter said: “Being an ex-police officer, I’ve had plenty of experience of the air ambulance attending various incidents.
“Any one of us may need it as we go about our lives, living, working and travelling in the counties.”
Air Ambulance Community Fundraising Officer Veronica Wiseman said: “We are incredibly indebted to everyone at the centre for their continued support, and for raising such a substantial sum over the years.
“As a charity, we rely almost entirely on donations so the support of the public is absolutely vital to our operation, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.”
Sevenoaks Friendship Centre has 72 members and meets once a month at the Community Centre in Otford Road with regular days out including Ten Pin Bowling, trips to the theatre and monthly rambles.
To find out more call Angela Heron on 01732 351529, Mo Haslam on 01732 761903 or email firstname.lastname@example.org