Air ambulance night flights given a boost

Lions members at a reception at the helicopter base at Redhill
Lions members at a reception at the helicopter base at Redhill

LIONS have helped boost the air ambulance’s night-time flying capabilities.

The South East Lions clubs began a night-flying appeal last year to raise funds for special helmets and night-vision equipment to help air ambulance pilots and crews navigate at night.

Howard Lee, chairman of Lions’ district night-flying appeal committee, said: “The Kent, Surrey and 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.”

Adrian Bell, chief executive of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, said: “The Lions are amazing partners for the charity and have shown considerable fortitude, enthusiasm and imagination in raising £150,000 for the charity in just over a year.

“The equipment we are now able to purchase is an integral part in saving people’s lives and I cannot thank the Lions enough, they are outstanding.”

The charity is working towards operating a 24-hour service in the autumn so that its specialist medical crew can be available to those people who really need them day and night.