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.
"We are an emergency service and an independent charity funded almost entirely by the general public"
"We are the only HEMS service in the UK to be classified as Outstanding by the CQC in all five of their key lines of enquiry"
"Our specialist critical care teams include both paramedics and doctors, who are supported by pilots and dispatchers"
"KSS is the busiest air ambulance service in the UK and last year alone, we were called out to help over 2,500 people in life-threatening situations"
"KSS is the only 24/7 Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in this country"
"It costs more than £14 million a year to sustain our world leading, cutting edge, innovative service and amazingly 89% of our income is donated and raised by people just like you"
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.
Support your local life-savers
Help keep Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) flying high. Air Ambulance Week is a fantastic opportunity to shine a light on the life-saving work air ambulances up and down the country undertake every day. Our vital service is funded by your donations so please support us in any way you can.Donate
30 for 30 Challenge
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Coronavirus Emergency Appeal
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