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Air Ambulance to deliver 24-hour service

The air ambulance's new helicopter Credit: Kent Surrey Sussex air ambulance

A new helicopter will serve as a 24-hour air ambulance for Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

The newer version of the helicopter based in Redhill will ensure the aircraft is ready for night flying in the late summer.

To prepare for the 24-hour service, the charity's specialist paramedic crew have already started delivering a medical service using a response car throughout the night.

Adrian Bell, Chief Executive of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, said:

"We have replaced one of our helicopters with a new version capable of night operations. While we are waiting for the necessary regulatory processes to be completed we have started operating by car during the hours of darkness."

The Tattoo that says 'thanks for saving my life'

Craig's air ambulance tattoo spans from shoulder to shoulder Credit: Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance

A former British grasstrack champion who survived a racing crash thanksto Kent Air Ambulance has had a tattoo of the helicopter done on his back in tribute to themedics who saved his life.

Nineteen year old Craig Drury suffered multiple injuries after he was catapulted from his 250cc machine in the last race of the day at Collier Street. He suffered a punctured lung, a lacerated liver, a torn spleen, broken ribs, three fractured vertebrae and a broken leg and collarbone.

Craig has since made a full recovery and has now had a tattoo of Kent AirAmbulance inked on his back by Life Family Tattoo in Sevenoaks where he lives.

Craig with air ambulance crew

He said: “I had it done because I wanted a permanent reminder that the pilot, doctor and paramedic saved my life, and to publicise the charity.

“I’ve already got six tattoos but this one runs from shoulder to shoulder and took three-and-a-half hours to do. It looks amazing.”


Marathon runners wanted in Brighton

Cooling off after the Brighton Marathon Credit: Press Association

Runners are being urged to sign up for this year’s Brighton Marathon in aid of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance to help fund the charity’s plans for night flying.

It costs £5million a year to keep both helicopters flying during daylight hours but this figure will rise to £6 million when a 24-hour service is launched next year.

The Air Ambulance currently has 23 charity places available for runners who can commit to raising a minimum of £500.

All Air Ambulance entrants will be given an opportunity to visit the helicopter base and meet the pilot, doctor and paramedic, subject to emergency call-outs

For more information visit the air ambulance's website.


Footballers help fundraise for air ambulance

John Terry's football boots have his daughters' names 'Georgie' and 'Summer' on them

Two pairs of football boots signed by the footballers John Terry and Frank Lampard will go up for auction in Sussex later this month in aid of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

Frank Lampard wrote 'Luna 8', 'Isla 8' and 'Mum' on his football boots

The Chelsea and England stars' footwear will be part of a charity night being held in Worthing at The Thomas Beecham Club on April 21st.

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