Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Shoppers raise £3,313 for air ambulance

Photo, L-R: Air ambulance Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, Paramedic Adam Ormrod and Dr Ed Clitheroe

Shoppers at Sainsbury's in Worthing raised more than £3,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a brand new convertible Mini Cooper.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at the Lyons Farm store earlier this month (June 13th – 18th).

A grand total of £3,313.58 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini draw in aid of the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on public support.

The £19,000 three-door Caribbean Aqua 1.5 Mini Cooper, a brand new model, 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 audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

Tickets for the raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk and the draw will take place on March 31st, 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

Last year's raffle was held to celebrate the charity's Silver Jubilee and raised more than £210,000 – enough to fund 84 potentially lifesaving missions.

Air ambulance Lottery Manager James Cook said: "We are really grateful to Sainsbury's Worthing and the public for their support.

"Each helicopter callout costs about £2,500 so the fantastic sum raised will effectively fund a potentially life-saving mission."

 

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Three Peaks beckon for Canterbury four

Photo, L-R: Mark Jones, James Chipchase, Tim Smith and Nick Parsons

Four friends are to embark on a charity challenge next week (June 27th) to climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales - in just 24 hours.

The team will be led by Canterbury Fire Station Watch Manager Mark Jones who is helping to raise funds for three charities , CLIC Sargent, Martha Trust and Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance after he was airlifted three years ago.

Mark was playing at Canterbury Rugby Club when he suddenly collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest.

The 51-year-old rugby coach has since made a full recovery and is now preparing to oversee the Three

Peaks Challenge on Monday to raise funds for the life-saving charity.

He said: "Without the immediate first aid and CPR undertaken, the early intervention of the defibrillator and the rapid transport to clinical care at a specialist  coronary unit, the outcome could and

more likely would have been a lot worse.

"I am eternally grateful for the services and specialist medical care shown to me by the fantastic staff at Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance."

Mark will act as a manager, driver, chef, first aider and general motivator and will be joined by Tim Smith who will also be raising funds for the air ambulance after his son Jake  was airlifted following a life-threatening cycling accident seven years ago.

James Chipchase will be supporting  CLIC Sargent while Nick Parsons has chosen Martha Trust. The team, all in their 50s, will be aiming to ascend and descend  Ben Nevis, Scaffell Pike and Mount

Snowdon in just one day.

Mark, from Eastry, was taking part in an end-of-season friendly match between players and coaches

when he suffered a cardiac arrest in May, 2013.

Colleagues and off-duty friends from all emergency services began CPR and they used the club's defibrillator to deliver five shocks before his heart re-started.

The air ambulance landed on the pitch and the helicopter's doctor and paramedic put Mark in an induced

coma before flying him to the William Harvey Hospital.

Mark underwent an operation at the specialist coronary unit to clear a blocked artery, he had a stent

fitted and has since made a full recovery.

He has previously raised £3,705 for the air ambulance from an auction, raffle and coffee morning and

Tim Smith and his wife Zoe have also raised more than £5,700 for the charity.

The team has so far raised £2,105 of their £3,000 target for this challenging event and can be sponsored

at www.justgiving.com/teams/chimps 

 

Air Ambulance to retain Redhill base and Marden HQ

Photo: The air ambulance’s new hangar at Redhill Aerodrome

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) will retain its two current sites for Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operations following the unforeseen offer of a new, larger hangar at its existing base at Redhill Aerodrome.

Previously, in December 2015, the Charity submitted a planning application for the development of a new hangar, for its two helicopters, and ancillary office space at Old Hay Airfield near Paddock Wood. At that time, this was the most appropriate solution to enable the Charity to overcome a number of operational deficits affecting the efficiency of its operations.

Subsequently, in February 2016, the Charity was approached by Redhill Aerodrome Ltd. (RAL), about the potential availability of a large hangar, known as Hangar 10, which can accommodate current and future operational needs and has sufficient space for training requirements. This proposal has recently been confirmed following the decision of the previous company occupying the hangar to vacate and the subsequent acquisition of the hangar by RAL.

Another fundamental factor in the decision to withdraw the original planning application and progress with Redhill, is an arrangement with the Charity’s aviation partner, Specialist Aviation Services (SAS), which currently carries out all its heavy maintenance at its Gloucestershire Airport HQ. SAS has been considering a corporate helicopter maintenance base in the vicinity of London for some time, and has decided that co-location with the Charity in Hangar 10 at Redhill Aerodrome is an ideal fit for its future business plan.

Adrian Bell, Chief Executive of the Charity, said: “Everything the Charity does centres on what is best for the patient. We have a duty to ensure that all opportunities which affect the long-term sustainability of our service are carefully considered, so that we can continue to be available for, and reach patients who need us.

“I’m thrilled that these plans have now been confirmed and that the Charity’s long-term resilience and sustainability that we so keenly sought through our original plans, will be fulfilled by having the Charity’s aircraft garaged and maintained at Redhill. Our helicopters will continue to deploy routinely from both Marden and Redhill, and the night service will continue as normal from Redhill.

“The co-location with SAS is a momentous step forward for us. Mechanical support is vital for keeping our aircraft online and despite the use of relief helicopters and having field engineers in the area to support our operation, there has always been some resultant down time.

“Having SAS at Redhill will allow for a resident engineer on-site with immediate access to spares and other technical support. This will help to maximise aircraft availability which will further benefit our many patients.

“Trustees have also long been acutely aware of the levels of risk involved in any new build project and have always sought to mitigate these to the greatest extent possible; an established facility which carries no such risks, is therefore highly attractive.

“Developing a new base obviously costs a great deal of money, so as a Charity, reliant almost entirely on charitable contributions, we were duty bound to consider this new proposal from RAL, especially as it is a significantly more cost-effective option.”

The Charity will maintain its headquarters at Marden and is in the process of acquiring sufficient extra land to allow it to expand its helipad to operate its new aircraft from the Kent site; the larger and faster AW169. It is hoped that this will be completed by early 2017. The Marden based fundraising arm of the Charity’s operation will also be unaffected.

Work will shortly be underway to prepare Hangar 10 at Redhill Aerodrome for the arrival of the new AW169 helicopter in the late summer.

For more information, visit www.kssairambulance.org.uk/future

 

Air ambulance is Charity Partner for Surrey Classic Bike Ride

Photo: Cyclists pictured at the start of last year's Double 100 Cycle Challenge at Redhill

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust has been selected as the charity partner for the Surrey Classic Bike Ride, taking place on Sunday 26th June 2016.

The event, sponsored and supported by Allianz, offers something for cyclists of all ages and abilities with three different routes (25, 60 or 100 mile), covering the beautiful Surrey countryside.

Jamie Cheshire, the life-saving charity's Press, Media & Marketing Officer, is taking part having previously cycled in the charity's own Double 100 Cycle Challenge event, which is not being held this year. Jamie is hoping that other previous Double 100 cyclists will join him for the Surrey Classic Bike Ride instead, which is set to be a fantastic event.

Jamie said: "Working for the air ambulance, I see every day the difference our life-saving crews can make. None of us ever know when we may need the air ambulance as we go about our daily lives living, working and travelling in the counties."

There is fun to be had for the whole family on the 25-mile route, while the more hardy cycling enthusiasts who want a bigger challenge, can take on the 60 or 100-mile routes. The start and finish venue for the 2016 event will again be the stunning Horsley Park, a magnificent grand Victorian mansion built in 1828.

Registration closes on Thursday 23rd June 2016. Those taking part in aid of the charity can benefit from a discount of the registration fee by using promotional code code SCAA16.

Cyclists can still register at www.surreyclassicbikeride.co.uk  

 

Monday, 6 June 2016

Shoppers raise £5,169 for air ambulance

Photo: Air ambulance volunteer John Dyne

Shoppers in Burgess Hill raised more than £5,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a brand new convertible Mini Cooper.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at Market Place Shopping Centre last month (May 23rd – 28th).

A grand total of £5,169.90 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini draw in aid of the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on public support.

The £19,000 three-door Caribbean Aqua 1.5 Mini Cooper, a brand new model, 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 audio, reversing camera and parking distance sensors.

The charity is very grateful to Barretts of Canterbury, a Kent-based family-run business famous for its motor dealerships in Canterbury and Ashford who are supporting the year-long campaign.

Tickets for the raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk and the draw will take place on March 31st, 2017, making it a perfect present for the summer months.

Last year's raffle was held to celebrate the charity's Silver Jubilee and raised more than £210,000 – enough to fund 84 potentially lifesaving missions.

Air ambulance Lottery Manager James Cook said: "We are extremely grateful to Market Place Shopping Centre for allowing us to come back for a second year to promote the Win a Mini raffle, and to the public for their fantastic support.

"Each helicopter callout costs about £2,500 so the amazing sum raised again this year will effectively fund two potentially life-saving missions."