Please Support Our Emergency Appeal
We’re appealing for your help to ensure we can continue providing life-saving care to those in urgent need.
At Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS), like everyone, we face unprecedented challenges. Never before have we had to call on your support with this urgency as we continue our Coronavirus Emergency Appeal.
Our priority remains responding to the sickest or most critically injured across our regions in their hour of need. In addition to continuing our life saving, specialist emergency service, we are supporting the NHS in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.
Working alongside the South East Coast Ambulance Service and the wider NHS, we are making the best use of our existing resources – our state of the art helicopters, response vehicles and equipment – and the outstanding expertise of medics and crew to contribute to this national effort by supporting the transfer of critically ill Coronavirus patients across our regions, as and when required.
We continue to invest in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), infection protection controls and specialist medical equipment to support our service delivery. It is my utmost priority to protect our team, ensuring they have the necessary resources and equipment to stay safe and save as many lives as possible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We are fully committed to working on the front line to support the NHS and our communities and to save many more lives. But as a charity, we are completely reliant on the generosity of our donors and supporters, at a time when fundraising is challenging indeed, with 89% of the £14M we need each year to run our service comprising funds raised or donated by the public we serve.
We face an anticipated shortfall of £2.9 million pounds, which is a projected loss of fundraising income due to the Coronavirus. This is all at a time when fundraising is very challenging indeed. Our collection pots alone normally bring in more than £200,000 for us a year, which is just one of the many ways we would usually be out in our communities fundraising.
I appreciate that this is a truly difficult time for everyone but to allow us to respond, we urgently need your help.
Anything you can give will help us to continue to respond to those most in need of our specialist care and help us support our NHS to safely transfer Coronavirus patients to the facilities best equipped to treat them.
David Welch, CEO
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"The transfer of patients experiencing the most serious symptoms is incredibly complex. These transfers will be demanding, and the safety and wellbeing of our crews will remain a priority. I have every confidence in the excellence of our team and thank them for their unwavering commitment and professionalism as we evolve with a new service to support our NHS at this critical time."
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Support the KSS Emergency Appeal 2020
£7.50 a month could help provide sets of disposable, moisture repellent coveralls that are worn over the flight suits to prevent contamination.
£35 could fund 200 fluid repellent surgical masks that protect our crew.