Thursday, 26 January 2017

New Year, New Challenge!

Photo: Brighton 10K runner Nicki Mason

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has the perfect opportunity for those looking for a New Year challenge – places in the Brighton 10K on Sunday 9th April 2017! Don't miss out on the opportunity to achieve a personal goal and soak up the fantastic atmosphere in the glorious setting of Brighton, whilst raising funds for a great cause.

Last year, Nicki Mason joined the charity's Brighton 10K team after her 12 year old son was airlifted to a London major trauma centre, having suffered a fractured skull when he fell from cliffs.

Nicki said: "After everything this amazing charity did for Archie, I wanted to give something back to say thank you. Being part of the charity's team and experiencing the atmosphere was amazing. Having Archie there cheering me on with my family and friends is something I'll never forget!"

All team members will be invited to a pre-race meeting where John Feeney from Pure Sports Performance will be present to answer your questions, along with the opportunity to meet the charity's crew and have a tour of the helicopter (subject to medical emergencies). Runners will also receive support and advice from the charity's fundraising team and a personalised running vest.

Head of Community Engagement, Lauren Elphick, said: "We would be delighted to welcome people to our team! We don't just offer a running place – we offer an experience to remember. Our cheer squads will be there on the day to keep you motivated! We will also be waiting in the finish tent to give you a heroes welcome, with well deserved post-race refreshments and sports massage available."

For more details, call Lauren on 01622 833 833, email laurene@kssairambulance.org.uk or go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/involved/BrightonMarathon

Monday, 23 January 2017

Berry Gardens bake off raises plenty of dough

Photo: L-R, Air Ambulance paramedic Adam Ormrod and Jacqui Green at the Marden helicopter base

A Tonbridge fruit supplier held a bake off to help raise £1,300 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter.

Berry Gardens Ltd picked the life-saving charity as their 2016 Charity of the Year.

They also sold copies of their annual calendar to support the service and held a golf day which raised more than £600.

Winner of the golf day, Peter Kenyon, of Cripps Solicitors, kindly chipped in with a donation to take the total raised on the day to £1,000.

Berry Gardens Sales & Procurement Director, Jacqui Green, said: "As a Kent-based company with the majority of our staff living in the area, we wanted to support a local charity that can make a significant difference to peoples' lives. 

"As a company we vote on which charity to support each year and the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance was a natural choice for us. 

"Whilst we all hope we will not need their services, it is reassuring to know that it's available 365 days of the year through ongoing fundraising. We are really proud to donate to such a great cause."

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new aircraft, an AW169, which is expected to be operational soon.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic crews to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster.

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

Head of Corporate Relations for the charity, Julie Clare, said: "The support from Berry Gardens is fantastic. Support and generosity from local businesses makes a real difference to us – it means we can continue our life-saving work, reaching the most critically ill and injured patients who need us."

Specialising in berries and cherries, Berry Gardens has two sites in Kent; its head office at Five Oak Green and pack house at Linton, supported by several farms.

 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Shoppers raise £2,718 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

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

Generous shoppers at Marks & Spencer in Bexhill raised almost £3,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter.

Staff and volunteers sold tickets for the Win a Mini Draw at the Ravenside Retail Park store last month (December 19th – 21st).

The grand total of £2,718.79 raised in ticket sales and donations is enough to fund one potentially life-saving mission.

Air ambulance Head of Lotteries & Gaming, James Cook, said: "We are really grateful to Marks & Spencer Bexhill for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their tremendous support over the three days."

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new aircraft, an AW169, which is expected to be operational soon.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic crews to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster.

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

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

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.

 

Shoppers raise £1,883 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

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

Shoppers at the Co-op, Heathfield, raised almost £2,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter.

Staff and volunteers sold tickets for the Win a Mini Draw at the High Street store last month (December 9th – 11th).

A grand total of £1,883.83 was raised in ticket sales and donations for the charity, which relies almost entirely on public support.

Head of Lotteries & Gaming, James Cook, said: "We are really grateful to the Co-op for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their tremendous support over the three days."

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new aircraft, an AW169, which is expected to be operational soon.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic crews to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster.

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

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

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.

 

Shoppers raise £7,349 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

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

Generous shoppers in Burgess Hill have raised more than £7,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter.

Staff and volunteers sold tickets for the Win a Mini Draw at Market Place Shopping Centre last month (December 1st – 4th).

A total of £2,179.19 was raised in ticket sales and donations following a previous six day promotion in May which raised £5,169.90.

The grand total of £7,349.09 is enough to fund three potentially life-saving missions.

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

The charity has taken delivery of a new aircraft, an AW169, which is expected to be operational soon.

Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic crews to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster.

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

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

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.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Barretts panto raises £5,555 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

Photo: Paul Barrett and air ambulance volunteer Paul Butt pictured with the cast of Dick Whittington at the Marlowe Theatre.

Barretts of Canterbury has raised more than £5,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance through this season's pantomime production of Dick Whittington.

Managing Director, Paul Barrett, was joined on stage at the Marlowe Theatre today (Friday) by all the cast ahead of their matinee performance as they presented a cheque to one of the charity's volunteers, Paul Butt.

The cast was headed by TV presenter, entertainer and former magician Stephen Mulhern, and also featured Vladimir Georgievsky of Britain's Got Talent and West End stars John Barr (Les Miserables), Lisa Davina Phillip (Matilda) and Ben Carruthers (Wicked).

They presented a cheque for £5,555 to the charity, after Barretts of Canterbury hired the theatre for a special performance for employees, and their families and friends, and donated the proceeds.

The annual fundraising event has so far raised a grand total of £18,855 for the charity in just four years, which is enough to fund seven potentially life-saving missions. Funds were also raised for Porchlight and Pilgrims Hospices.

Paul, who is a Trustee of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, said: "It was a great evening out for us all and we are delighted to be able to support these fabulous local charities, who are doing such good work in our communities."

Lynne Harris, Director of Income Generation for the charity, said: "We are really grateful for the support of Barretts of Canterbury for such a generous donation and the amazing support they have given us over the last four years. The money they have raised will make such difference to those who need us."

Barretts of Canterbury has also supported the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance for the last two years for their 'Win a MINI' raffle campaigns.

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance relies almost entirely on voluntary donations and fundraising in order to deliver enhanced pre-hospital care to the most critically ill and injured patients in the region 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.