Rocket support for the Air Ambulance for Kent Surrey & Sussex

Following a successful evening of Rock provided by local band Randy and the Rockets a few months ago 3 members of the recently established Satellite Group of Cater ham Rotary visited the Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex at their new facilities at Redhill Aerodrome to present the charity with a cheque for £2000.

They were given a tour of all the facilities by paramedic Ben Macauley  which included the new AW169 helicopter which flies faster, further and for longer and enables the medical team to reach, treat and deliver critically ill and injured patients to hospital even faster than before.

Although it is similar in size to the existing aircraft externally, the AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, allowing for delivery of more life-saving interventions, and offering the potential to carry out those interventions inside the aircraft rather than outside in all weather conditions – which can only be better for patients.

Current chair of the Rotary group Glen O’Dwyer commented: “It’s great for this new, dynamic Rotary group to be able to contribute to such a great cause. As working people, we often find it hard to find time to give back to the community, but this new group allows everyone to get involved, and for local charities and good causes to benefit

Dora Szekfi CommunityFund Raising Officer at the charity thanked the Rotary group saying “We are incredibly grateful to Caterham Rotary Satellite Group for raising such a fantastic amount of money for our charity. It is always great to see the community coming together to support our work. When you think that £2,000 could buy aircraft fuel for 20 potentially life-saving missions, it really does show what a difference these funds will make.”

The Satellite group meet every month in the evening and have been established in order to appeal to working men and women and who want to get involved in supporting local and international community needs.

To find out more about this new exciting Rotary development please email caterhamrotary2@gmail.com or call  Glen on  01883 336633  during the day or 07785 538056.

Photo features Paramedic Ben Macauley explaining the workings of the new Air Ambulance.