Fundraising staff and residents donate £3,000 to Kent Air Ambulance

Fundraising staff and residents donate £3,000 to Kent Air Ambulance

Kent’s air ambulance has been given a £3,000 boost thanks to the fundraising efforts of residents and staff at King Edward Court in Herne Bay.

The residents at King Edward Court, one of our Extra Care schemes, arranged and took part in everything from salon days and a fashion show to sponsored walks and cake bakes to raise the impressive total.

Court manager, Annie Crocker, said: “We are delighted to have raised such a fantastic total for what is an incredibly worthy cause.

“We chose to support the air ambulance this year because it does amazing work but relies almost completely on donations.

“The residents and staff put a huge amount of effort in to get involved in a programme of fun events, including walking a mile on a treadmill – no mean feat if you are 87 like our oldest resident!”

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust attends around 2,000 emergency calls every year and needs around £6.5million every year to keep running. This is now almost entirely funded by donations from members of the public.

Head of community engagement, Lauren Elphick, said: “We are enormously grateful to everyone at Kind Edward Court for this substantial donation.

“Each callout of the helicopter costs about £2,500 so the sum raised by the residents and staff will fund a potentially lifesaving mission.”