Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Run the Surrey Half Marathon to help save a life

Photo: A Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance runner

Runners are being encouraged to sign up for the 2017 Surrey Half Marathon in aid of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

The charity has 50 free places available, presenting a fantastic opportunity for those who want to triumph a personal achievement, whilst raising funds to help the charity continue its life-saving work.

Next year's event includes a new 5km run and a children's 2km fun run alongside the half marathon, meaning there is something for people of all ages to get involved in!

Challenge Events Manager for the charity, Steph Holgado, said: "We are a charity relying almost entirely on donations, so events such as the Surrey Half Marathon are absolutely vital in ensuring we can continue to help the most critically ill and injured patients in the region.

"Taking on a challenge event such as the Surrey Half Marathon, coupled with raising funds for such a good cause, is a fantastic achievement – so get in touch today to secure your place and join our team! We will support you all the way, and be there on the day to cheer you on and congratulate you at the finish line!"

The half marathon is set in the scenic country roads surrounding Woking and Guildford, and is a great event for experienced and first time runners.

Steph was joined by runners, organisers and the Deputy Mayor of Woking at the launch of the Surrey Half Marathon at Woking Leisure Centre earlier this month (14th September).

Thousands of runners are expected to take to the streets on 12th March 2017, with more than 500 signed up so far.

To register for the event with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance or for more information, get in touch with Steph Holgado on 01622 833833, or email teamkssaat@kssairambulance.org.uk

Monday, 19 September 2016

Air ambulance lottery winner

Photo: Kevin Weston

A kitchen fitter from East Grinstead jetted off on a holiday to France, and then landed more than £18,000 in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance's lottery.

Kevin Weston, 61, joined the life-saving charity's Regular Lottery and Superdraw when a representative called at his home three years ago.

He thought nothing more of his £8-a-month subscription until he won a grand total of £18,786.24 in the mid-week draw with lucky numbers 8, 14, 15 and 28.

Kevin had just left the UK for a three-month break at his holiday home in France when he won the jackpot, and found out the good news a month later.

He said: "I was shocked when I heard I'd won and thought it was a wind-up! I used to think I was one of  the un-luckiest people in the world because I'd never won anything.

"I overspent whilst doing work on my property in France so the first thing I did was pay off my credit card."

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 per week, players can join the Superdraw which has a maximum jackpot of £25,000.

Kevin added: "The air ambulance does a wonderful job and it's there when people need it the most. It's a necessity."

To join the air ambulance lottery, go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/lottery or call 01622 833833

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Shoppers raise £1,941 for air ambulance

Photo: Air ambulance volunteers Stewart and Pamela Boyling at Tesco Lewes

Shoppers at Tesco in Lewes raised almost £2,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter next month.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at the Brooks Road store last week (August 30th, 31st and September 1st).

A paraglider who was airlifted from Mount Caburn was among the supporters who helped raised a grand total of £1,941 in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini draw.

The £19,000 convertible 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.

Air ambulance Head of Lotteries & Gaming James Cook said: "We are really grateful to Tesco Lewes for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their support."

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new helicopter, an AgustaWestland, which is expected to be operational in October.

Flying faster, further and for longer it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster, and potentially reach more people in time.

The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for delivery of more life-saving interventions.

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

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Airborne and Arndale raise £5,000 for air ambulance

Photo: The air ambulance's Win a Mini promotion at the Arndale Centre

Visitors to Eastbourne Airborne and the Arndale Centre raised more than £5,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter next month.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at the air show and at the Arndale Centre last month.

A grand total of £5,006.40 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 convertible 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.

Air ambulance Head of Lotteries & Gaming James Cook said: "We are really grateful to the organisers of Eastbourne Airborne and the Arndale Centre for again giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their support.

"Each helicopter callout costs about £2,500 so the fantastic sum raised is enough to fund two potentially life-saving missions."

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new helicopter, an AgustaWestland, which is expected to be operational in October.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster, and potentially reach more people in time.

The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for delivery of more life-saving interventions.

Tickets for the Win a Mini 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.

Holmbush shoppers raise £2,299 for air ambulance

Photo: The air ambulance's Win a Mini promotion at the Holmbush Centre

Shoppers at the Holmbush Centre in Shoreham raised more than £2,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter next month.

Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at the Upper Shoreham Road centre last month (August 22nd – 24th).

A grand total of £2,299.60 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 convertible 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.

Air ambulance Head of Lotteries & Gaming James Cook said: "We are really grateful to the Holmbush Centre for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their support."

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new helicopter, an AgustaWestland, which is expected to be operational in October.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster, and potentially reach more people in time.

The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for delivery of more life-saving interventions.

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

Shoppers raise £1,887 for air ambulance

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

Shoppers at Waitrose in Paddock Wood raised almost £2,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter next month.

Staff and volunteers for the Marden-based charity sold tickets for the draw at the Church Road store on July 29th and 30th.

A grand total of £1,887.52 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 convertible 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.

Air ambulance Head of Lotteries & Gaming James Cook said: "We are really grateful to Waitrose Paddock Wood for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their support."

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new helicopter, an AgustaWestland, which is expected to be operational in October.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster, and potentially reach more people in time.

The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for delivery of more life-saving interventions.

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

Monday, 5 September 2016

Comedy night for air ambulance

Photo: Comedian James Dowdeswell

A TV comedian will be the headline act at a comedy night in Eastbourne next month (Saturday 15th October) which is raising funds for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

James Dowdeswell, from BBC's Russell Howard's Good News, has also appeared on Celebrity Deal or No Deal with Jimmy Carr, Ricky Gervais' Extras and Greatest Olympic Moments.

He will be appearing at the Strand Hotel, also known as the Hilton Royal Parade Hotel, alongside 2013 BBC New Comedy Award semi-finalist Jake Lambert, and Brighton based up-and-coming talent Josh Dillon.

Jake was also a runner-up in Reading Comedy Festival's New Act Competition and is described as "an abundance of quick puns, clever wordplay, strange thoughts and short stories".

Josh delivers wry observational comedy with a deadpan style based on real life and personal experiences as a probation officer.

The comedy night in aid of the air ambulance is being organised by Eastbourne-based entertainer Jim Grant of OiOi Comedy.

Jim is a professional stand-up comedian who regularly plays at top London clubs, has presented shows on Sky TV and made several appearances on BBC Radio.

He said: "I spend many an hour driving the length and breadth of the country so I'm only too well aware of how many road accidents the air ambulance is called to."

James and Jake have previously appeared at the Senlac in Battle and will be at the Strand Hotel on Royal Parade, on Saturday 15th October, when doors open at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10, or £12 on the night, and can be booked at www.wegottickets.com/event/373632