Night flying helicopter will save more lives


THE Sussex Air Ambulance will soon be able to fly at night thanks to the fund raising efforts of local Lions Clubs.

Representatives from Lions Clubs across the south-east , including Rye, met at Redhill Aerodrome recently to present their next major donation of £150,000 towards their target of £250,000 towards the introduction of night flying operations.

The new MD902 Explorer helicopter and crew joined with Adrian Bell, CEO of the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, in demonstrating the new night flying crew helmets and night flying equipment.

In accepting this major donation, Adrian went on to say: “ The Lions are amazing partners for the charity and have shown considerable fortitude, enthusiasm and imagination in raising this funding in just over a year.

“The equipment we are now able to purchase is an integral part of saving peoples lives and I cannot than the Lions enough, they are outstanding.”

Lion Howard Lee, Chairman of the South-East District Lions Night Flying Appeal said “The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance delivers advanced pre-hospital care to the scene of serious medical emergencies, usually only found in the resuscitation area of a hospital’s emergency department.

“This is totally in line with the Lions objectives, one of which is to bring aid to those in distress, and we are delighted to partner with the charity as it works towards extending its service to cover both day and night.”

Lions Clubs will be continuing to raise funds for additional essential specialist equipment.