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Air Ambulance Week 2020

Because every second counts…

 

Air Ambulance Week 2020 is focused on the theme ‘because every second counts’, highlighting the incredible care that is delivered daily by us and other air ambulance charities across the UK.

We were delighted to receive an open letter from HRH The Duke of Cambridge to mark the start of Air Ambulance Week, thanking all our staff, volunteers and supporters for their tireless work in helping to save lives every day across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Read the letter in full here

Our specialist critical care teams include both paramedics and doctors, who are supported by pilots and dispatchers. Together they enable vital life-saving treatment and care, wherever and whenever it is needed, ensuring the best possible outcomes for our patients, because every second counts. 

Air Ambulance Week launches on 7th September. Throughout the week we'll highlight how we and other air ambulance charities save lives every day across the country, by bringing the emergency department to the side of patients who are critically ill and injured. 

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, air ambulance charities like us have faced many challenges. Our collection cans alone, which we haven’t been able to use, would normally bring in more than £200,000 for us every year. This is just one of the many ways we would usually be out in our communities fundraising. Despite this, we have not only continued to provide life-saving treatment, but we have also played a vital role in the frontline response to Coronavirus, supporting the transfer of critically ill patients across the south east, as and when required. We are also fully prepared for the challenges that may lie ahead.

In April, we launched our Coronavirus Emergency Appeal to cover the additional costs of operating our world class pre-hospital emergency response service safely during the pandemic, and to cover a significant shortfall in our income resulting from the cancellation of all major fundraising events.  

Now, more than ever, we need your support to help us to keep more families together. No one ever knows when they might need the services of an air ambulance like us. Olivia certainly never thought she’d need us, when she signed up to support our lottery in 2018. But just a month later her two-year-old son Isaac suffered a depressed skull fracture in a vehicle collision. Mum of two Olivia says: “We joked when we signed up to the lottery, but if it weren’t for fundraisers like that, KSS wouldn’t exist and our son might not be alive today.“ Read Olivia’s story here.