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We've raised over £1m through our Coronavirus Emergency Appeal

29th Jun 2020

We’re delighted to share the news that we’ve raised more than £1m so far through our Coronavirus Emergency Appeal. This is just over a third of the total shortfall we were predicting due to the cancellation of major events and a decrease in fundraising income.

We launched the appeal in April to cover the additional costs of operating our world-class pre-hospital emergency response service safely during the pandemic. It costs us £14m a year to deliver our emergency service in which specialist doctors and paramedics provide critical treatment to patients at the scene of an incident. 89% of this is raised through the incredible generosity of the people of Kent, Surrey and Sussex and the amazing people who volunteer and fundraise for us. During this unprecedented year, we had to launch an Emergency Appeal for the first time in our 30 year history.

Thanks to the generous support from the public and a Government grant of £140,000*, we have raised over £1m to date, enabling us to be fully operational at all times.

But with all major fundraising events cancelled for the foreseeable future, and many traditional methods of raising money severely challenged, we are still facing a significant income shortfall and must raise a further £1.9m to ensure we can continue to save lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

David Welch, CEO, KSS commented: “We simply cannot thank people enough for the support we have received so far. When we launched our appeal, we aimed to raise £535,000 initially to meet the immediate additional costs of continuing our life-saving service during the pandemic and we have received an amazing response. It is truly humbling how generous people can be. We’ve received help from a wide range of sources and in a variety of forms – from financial donations from our supporters and the communities we serve, through to PPE from local businesses, the loan of four vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover and a large supply of oil and AdBlue for our response vehicles from Moove. Every single donation, every single gift has helped, and we are so thankful to everyone who has responded so far.

“Yet despite this, and the contribution from Government, with the continued impact of the pandemic, we still face a significant shortfall of £1.9m. Last year, we were called out to help over 2,500 people in life-threatening situations across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. We have an outstanding, highly skilled medical team and we are determined to continue to deliver the best possible outcomes for our patients and to continue to run our charity efficiently and responsibly. To secure our future, we urgently need your continued support – there are so many ways you can join those in the community who have already supported and got involved. Let’s work together to continue to save lives during this difficult and unprecedented time”.

To support our Coronavirus Emergency Appeal, please click here.

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