South-East Lions Clubs to Provide Night Flying Facilities for
If you've seen the huge chocolate eggs around Cranleigh leading up to Easter, you may know that the proceeds from the Eggstravaganza are donated to the Surrey Air Ambulance. Organised by Farnham Lions, since 2007 over £80,000 has been raised.
Currently the Air Ambulance Service is unable to respond to life-saving incidents at night. Lions Clubs throughout South-East of England have committed to raise £250,000 over the next 10 years to provide night flying facilities for an air ambulance that will cover Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
The first Lions cheque for £5,000 has been presented to Adrian Bell, CEO of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Service, who said:
We are grateful to the Lions for their help in supporting our night flying campaign. This is a big step for the Air Ambulance and will help us considerably as we forge a path to operating by night and this potentially saving many more lives.
In launching the Lions Appeal, Steering Group Chairman Howard Lee said:
Lions clubs across the South East of England have supported air ambulance services for some years and have built up a wonderful working relationship with air ambulance personnel. Our Lions’ mission is to help the less fortunate in the community through volunteering and this life-saving service fits perfectly with that mission. Therefore we are delighted to consolidate our efforts into this £250,000 initiative, which will act as the catalyst to the provision of air ambulance night flying capability across Kent, Surrey and Sussex, thus saving many more lives.
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