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17th May 2022

Donate to our Summer Appeal, to help patients like Paul in their fight for survival

I never dreamed that I'd need the services of KSS, but one day in April 2020, all that changed.

It was a nice day and I decided to go for a bike ride around our village of West Kingsdown. I’d just turned onto the main road and… well, that was the last thing I can remember.

I later learnt that I’d had a cardiac arrest and crashed my bike. I was dying, and my fight for survival had begun.

Thanks to the generosity of people in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, our local Air Ambulance saved my life The car behind me stopped and the passengers immediately called the emergency services.

A KSS dispatcher listening in to that call made sure their helicopter and crew were on their way.

Then a second car stopped and, fortunately, one of the passengers knew how to perform CPR. He kept me alive for 18 minutes.

When the Air Ambulance arrived just four minutes later, the incredibly skilled and professional KSS team swung into action.

KSS always have a paramedic and a specialist emergency doctor on board, as well as a huge amount of essential equipment and medicine. That means I was given treatment by the roadside that is normally only available in a hospital A&E department. Along with the fact that KSS got there so quickly, their critical care is one of the main reasons why I survived when most other cardiac arrest sufferers don’t.

In order to protect against brain injury from lack of oxygen, the KSS team put me into an induced coma. I’d also fractured my skull despite wearing a helmet, and had multiple rib fractures.

When I was stable, I was flown to King’s College Hospital in London for further treatment.

KSS urgently needs your support today to improve people’s chances of survival. Thanks to the skill and speed of the KSS team and the prompt action of the people who stopped to help me, I not only survived but made a full recovery. I will forever be thankful to KSS and everyone who helped me that day, which is why I’m writing to ask if you’ll help save the lives of people like me in the future.

Running KSS is incredibly expensive. It costs £42,000 a day to ensure KSS can be there when they are needed most.

Last year alone, KSS responded to 3,051 incidents, - that's an average of eight times per day. It was the busiest year in the charity's history and over the entire year it cost £15.2M to provide their life-saving service.

As 86% of KSS’s total income is raised through the incredible generosity of their supporters, they simply couldn’t save lives like mine without you.

So please, make a donation today to help KSS continue in the fight to save lives. People like me are the lucky ones.

Tragically, for others, help comes too late It’s a sobering fact that the survival rate for people who have a cardiac arrest outside hospital is just one in ten.

Immediate critical cardiac care is essential. That’s what saved my life. Without the quick actions of passers-by and the speed and skill of KSS, I simply wouldn’t be here. The need for emergency care really is that urgent.

Please join the fight to save lives with a donation to KSS today. The fight to save a life like mine starts with you and your decision to give a gift to KSS. Your gift means they can quickly get doctors and paramedics to the scene, enabling them to deliver critical care to people whose lives are in danger. It can pay for the defibrillators and other specialist equipment they need. It ensures KSS can safely transfer patients to hospital for further treatment. Whether you can afford to give £10 or £100, every pound can help save lives like mine.

Thank you for reading my story and giving generously, so that KSS can save lives.

Paul suffered a cardiac arrest whilst riding his bike in April 2020
Paul suffered a cardiac arrest whilst riding his bike in April 2020
Paul with his wife Karen
Paul with his wife Karen
Paul meeting Jon, the Paramedic who cared for him
Paul meeting Jon, the Paramedic who cared for him
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£35 could pay for a set of defibrillator pads, to help resuscitate someone during cardiac arrest.

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£7.50 a month could pay for twenty disposable blood pressure cuffs used to measure a patient's blood pressure.