In aid of Air Ambulance, Kent, Surrey & Sussex Appeals

Monday 3rd April to Friday 21st April

Lions Clubs International were the catalysts to help the AAKSS, Air Ambulance Kent, Surrey & Sussex, to become the first HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) in the UK to fly & save lives at night.

In 2007, Farnham Lions initiated the Eggstravaganza, to raise money for the (then) Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.  Cranleigh Lions were delighted to take part by extending the competition into our area. In December 2012, the  South East Lions District, of which Cranleigh Lions Club is part, launched an appeal  to raise £250,000 over 10 years to help support night flying equipment for the Air Ambulance.

Night flying equipment brings emergency medical care and vital transport to hospital, for 700 people each year that are unfortunate enough to need help during the hours of darkness. The appeal has paid for night vision helmets and googles, other specialist equipment and two ambulance cars that support the night medical service.  The  appeal was so successful, that the money pledged was raised in less than 5 years. Since then, Cranleigh Lions have raised many thousands of pounds from the Eggstravaganza, thanks to your generosity.

Air ambulance night flying helmet, provided by Lions Clubs from the south-east

Air ambulance night flying helmet, provided by Lions Clubs from the south-east

24 hour flying started in December 2013, and the Lions are proud to say that having helped AAKSS to achieve their objective to fly in the dark, we will continue to support them in their efforts to improve help for victims of traumatic accidents. Our next project is to provide a portable brain scanner, which can detect blood in the brain at the scene of an accident. Discovering this type of injury gives the medical team more chance of saving a life, as the patient can be flown immediately to a specialist hospital.

Eggstravaganza is your chance to win a huge Easter egg complete with a fluffy lion for just £1!


Proceeds from the Eggstravaganza are passed to our Lions South East District AAKSS Trust appeal.

The start date for the next Eggstravaganza will be announced shortly.

To enter the competition, just visit one of our supporting outlets (which will be announced shortly), over the Easter period and buy one or more names at £1 per name. If you are a lucky winner we’ll contact you and arrange getting your egg and lion to you.

A big thank you from the Cranleigh Lions to all the businesses and organisations selling tickets on our behalf.

Air Ambulance Night Flying Appeal