PR and Communications
Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance
Issued: Monday 31 January 2011
NatWest helps save four lives
Kent Air Ambulance is celebrating a £7,000 cash windfall from Natwest’s Community Fund
after being voted by the bank’s customers as their favourite charity.
A panel made up of representatives of the local community reviewed the original applications
and short-listed the three charities to benefit from the fund in each area.
When voters were asked to pick their favourite it was the life-saving helicopter that scooped
the top prize of £3,000 in Tunbridge Wells and Larkfield, and a runner-up prize of £1,000 in
Each flying mission costs between £1,500 and £2,000 so the sum donated is enough to help
the highly-skilled crew to potentially save four lives.
Maria Fisher, Regional Director for NatWest in Kent, said: “We’ve had an overwhelming
response to the Community Fund and it’s clear that people in Kent are passionate about their
“We’re delighted to be able to make this donation and support the work that they do. We
have had so many worthy causes nominated which is why it was important to give the
opportunity to our local community to decide who should benefit.
“Kent Air Ambulance was slightly different to other charities as they received nominations
from three separate funds out of the 11 funds available in Kent, given their regional remit.”
Kent Air Ambulance flies during daylight hours, 365 days a year, and can reach the furthest
part of the county in 20 minutes – “saving time, saving life”.
The specialist doctor and paramedic on board can carry out advanced medical procedures at
the scene including chest surgery, anaesthetics and intubation.
They can then fly patients to the most appropriate hospital according to their needs which is
often the regional trauma centre in London, giving them the best chance of survival.
It took the crew just seven minutes to attend a road traffic collision at Eurolink Way in
Sittingbourne following a road traffic collision last month.
And in November the helicopter was called to a man in his 60s who had sustained a head
injury from a shutter door in Larkfield.
Kent Air Ambulance costs £1.7m a year to stay airborne and relies almost entirely on
voluntary public donations.
Senior fundraiser for Kent, Lynn Hyder said: “We are thrilled to be awarded £7,000 by
Natwest and to gain the recognition for all our efforts locally.
“The money will go towards general running costs to keep the helicopter flying. Our thanks
go to the public in Kent for voting for our worthy cause.”
If you would like to make a donation to the Air Ambulance please call 01622 833833.
Alternatively cheques can be made payable to Kent Air Ambulance Trust and posted to
Wheelbarrow Park Estate, Pattenden Lane, Marden, Kent, TN12 9QJ
Photo: L-R, Front Row – Kent Air Ambulance paramedic Dave Marshall, Pilot Kevin Goddard, and Dr Vidar
Magnusson. Back Row - NatWest Regional Director for Kent, Maria Fisher, Lisa Davis -Senior Bank Manager,
Larkfield Cluster, Julie Kelley - Sittingbourne Branch Customer Service Officer, Becky Healy - Senior Bank
Manager, Tunbridge Wells Cluster, Sarah Hayes - Senior Bank Manager, Sittingbourne Cluster and Tunbridge
Wells Branch Manager Kirsty Eldridge.
Note to Editors:
The Air Ambulance service in Kent, Surrey and Sussex costs around £3.4 million annually to stay airborne.
Receiving no funding from the National Lottery the charity relies almost entirely upon the generosity of the
public to support the two helicopters, based at Marden and Dunsfold.
For more information contact The Communications Team:
Nicci Chrisp Media Coordinator 01622 833833
Jamie Cheshire Press Officer 01622 833833 07800 904194 email@example.com
Jill Playle Director of Communications 01622 833833 07894 512268 firstname.lastname@example.org