A group of East Kent Freemasons visited the air ambulance’s base at Marden recently to present a cheque for £4,000 to the crew of one of the helicopters.
The Freemasons, who were from lodges throughout the county, met the helicopter’s pilot, paramedic and doctor and were given a tour of the helicopter before it was called out to attend a seriously injured horse rider.
The visit was arranged by Assistant Provincial Grand Master Peter Rodd, from the East Kent Freemasons.
Presenting the cheque, Peter said: “We are delighted to be able to show our continued support of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. Charitable giving is central to Freemasonry and a great many lives would be lost without the swift life-saving help provided by the dedicated air ambulance doctors and paramedics.”
The cheque was donated through the Freemasons’ Grand Charity which supports the air ambulance and many other charities on an annual basis. The Grand Charity has donated over £1.6 Million to Air Ambulance Trusts throughout England and Wales since 2007.
Jill Playle, Director of Communications for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance said “We are very grateful for this cheque and the very generous support we receive from the Freemasons. I am delighted that they were able to visit the base and speak to the crew to find out just how their donations are used and the vital difference it makes to those people who need our services.”
The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is the only air ambulance charity in the country to operate a 24 hour Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. The crews respond to an average of 4-6 call-outs during the day and 1-2 at night and the service is funded almost entirely by donations.
If you would like to find out more about the Air Ambulance or make a donation, please visit www.kssairambulance.org.uk