Chris Longfield is no stranger when it comes to addressing Rotary clubs to explain the need for funding of the Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. For the second time in eighteen months Chris gave guests and members of the Rye & Winchelsea Rotary Club an update of the latest advances and improvements to their service which is now in its 25th year. Throughout England there are eighteen different air ambulance services, but none it seems as innovative and professional as our local organisation. With trauma cases and physical violence on the increase KS&S Air Ambulance receives 6-7 call outs per day at an approximate cost of £3500.00 per time. With helicopters based both at Redhill in Surrey and Marden in Kent over one thousand emergencies were dealt with during 2013. Patients were often ferried to major treatment centres such as The Royal London Hospital & Kings College Hospital in approximately 25 minutes. Having raised further cash KS&S Ambulance is now flying and saving lives by night as well as daylight. Consequently the number of call outs is now over 2000 per year which increase standing costs to around £7 million per year. As one of Rye Rotary’s nominated charities it will benefit from the recent Fun Cycle Ride the Air Ambulance Trust can look forward to further financial help when final monies are calculated. Ex Rye President Chris Fairman thanked Chris Longfield for revisiting the club and explaining in great detail the aims and objectives of this worthy and indispensable charity.
“Rye’s Own” November 2014
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