Kent Air Ambulance Donation

 

In Keeping with our green programme, Bio-Health has donated the cost of sending Christmas cards. £500 cheque has been presented to The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.

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June Crisp and Vic Perfitt (Bio-Health Directors) with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance helicopter

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June Crisp and Vic Perfitt (Bio-Health Directors) presenting cheque to Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust

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June Crisp (Bio-Health Director) presenting cheque to Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust
 

What does the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance do?

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust provides a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), responding to patients who have suffered trauma or serious medical emergencies.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure they are there for whoever needs them, regardless of the time of day. Their skilled dispatchers screen over 2,000 emergency calls each day, to ensure the air ambulances are dispatched to the most critically ill and injured patients. Their unique combination of a Doctor and Paramedic team, in a pre-hospital environment, enables them to bring highly specialist care directly to patients.

When necessary, Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance are able to anaesthetise, give blood and perform surgery, all at the scene of an incident. They can airlift patients directly to the hospital that can best care for them going forward, ensuring the best possible outcome. With two aircraft operating across the region, you are never more than 20 minutes away from the advanced care that only we can bring directly to the scene.

The charity relies almost entirely on donations and fundraising and without this kind support, they simply could not continue their life-saving work.

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance helicopter
 

Liz’s Story

You just never expect it’s going to happen to you, but on this day, out of nowhere, it happened to me. It was the last thing I was expecting. It was just a normal Monday, I’d been at work all morning and decided that it would be nice to pop home for lunch with my little boys and my husband.

After lunch, I got back in the car and was driving down the same road I drive down every day. A lorry came round the bend and was slightly wide of the line. As I slammed on my brakes and my car went skidding towards the lorry, time froze. Then after what seemed like half an hour, but in reality was just a few seconds, my car collided with the lorry. My injuries were extensive – as well as breaking my hip, I broke my neck and also suffered severe damage to my leg which required immediate medical attention.

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Liz’s car after the accident

When the air ambulance arrived, their Doctor and Paramedic anaesthetised me so that they could perform treatment to save my leg and prevent long term damage. Because of my broken neck, and to protect my spine, they also placed me onto a spinal board. Following this critical treatment, I was flown directly to the major trauma centre in Brighton; the hospital that could best care for my injuries.

In order to survive an extraordinarily huge ordeal, you need the right care – and that’s what I was fortunate enough to get. If it wasn’t for this amazing charity, my quality of life now could be very, very different. I wouldn’t be able to spend time with my children, walk, run around and be back at work – all of the things that I can still do thanks to the level of care I received at the roadside.

It was only after I’d left hospital that my family realised that the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance relies almost entirely on charitable donations. I am incredibly lucky that there are so many people, like you, willing to be generous and donate, so that they can continue to help people who need them.

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Liz and her family

I drive past the spot where it happened every day, and I’m reminded. Reminded of how grateful I am to them, for enabling me to be as well as I am today. Every time my little boys see a helicopter, we talk about the air ambulance crew and how amazing they are. They may not think of themselves as heroes but to me, and my boys, they are. And they always will be. You can watch the video of Liz’s life-saving story by visiting www.kssairambulance.org.uk/videos