05th Sep 2019
Members of the Woking community got to see first-hand what their fundraising contributes to in a visit to Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (AAKSS).
The Shah Jahan Mosque, of Oriental Road, Woking, has supported the life-saving charity for the past two years. By organising collections after prayers and hosting a fun day locally with the Woking Tigers football club, they have so far raised more than £3,500.
Mosque manager Mohammad Habib and vice chairman Muhammad Farooq enjoyed a tour of the charity’s operations base at Redhill Aerodrome, getting up close and personal with AAKSS’s state-of-the-art helicopters. They were joined by Ghulam Arshad of the Woking Tigers football club.
Able to reach any part of its region in 25 minutes and funded almost entirely by public donation and fundraising, the air ambulance provides essential emergency medical care.
Built in 1889 by Dr Gottleib Wilhelm Leitner, the Shah Jahan was Britain and Europe’s first purpose-built mosque. It is the only Grade I listed mosque in the country and is open to visitors all year round.
We feel the air ambulance plays a vital role in emergency situations where help is needed as quickly as possible to help save lives. Any of us could need the service and it is important to help keep them operating. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and it was interesting to see a much more in-depth side to the way the charity runs.