In May 2012 Lions Clubs across the South East pledged to raise £250,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance to help them fund their service
during the night hours. Being able to operate a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), 24 hours a day, means that the charity can bring life-saving
care directly to the most critically ill and injured patients across the South East, whenever needed.
It costs over £6.5million to provide a 24 hour HEMS and each mission flown costs in the region of £2,500, so all support is highly important and valued.
The life-saving charity became the first air ambulance in the country to launch a 24 hour HEMS in September 2013. This development followed nearly three
years of research and planning, after a change in Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations allowed HEMS charities in the UK to fly at night. Since
the charity’s inception of night operation, 1,274 patients have benefited from treatment, having suffered serious injury or illness at the scene of
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Chief Executive, Adrian Bell, said: “Our focus is always on our patients and what is best for them. The results
so far (we started night operations in September 2013) entirely support our decision to deliver a night service. Of course, this all costs a lot of
money and we could not achieve this without the wonderful support we get from the public, and the generous support of the regional Lions Clubs in funding
much of our night equipment.”
For further information about the work of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, visit www.kssairambulance.org.uk
By giving something today you will truly be making a difference – without public support, the air ambulance simply could not continue giving life-saving
care, 24 hours a day.
Please click the link below to make your donation today. Thank you for your support.