Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Night flying service
Guildford Lions Club, along with many other Lions Clubs in the south east has been supporting a project to raise £250,000 to help Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance (KSSAA) so it can develop its night flying service.
The Club has already supported the Surrey Air Ambulance when it was based at Dunsfold and when the service was amalgamated with the other county services the major shortcoming was an inability to fly at night.
Special equipment, including several pairs of night vision goggles, at £17,000 a pair, extra staff, training and more, needed financial support and various fund raising efforts have been made by Lions Clubs across the south east.
To date £150,000 has been raised towards the night flying service and fund raising will continue until the full amount is raised.
Adrian Bell, CEO of KSSAA, said ”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 people’s lives and I cannot thank the Lions enough, they are outstanding.”