The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance (KSSAA) has been chosen as Southern Water’s new company charity partner for the next two years, to boost their fundraising and help them save even more lives.
This support is in addition to Southern Water’s ‘Hazard Spotting’ scheme, in which a £2 donation per hazard is divided between our two regional Air Ambulance Services – KSSAA and Hampshire and Isle of Wight – if staff spot a potential or actual hazard, and report it.
Head of corporate relations at KSSAA, Julie Clare, said:
"We are delighted to have been selected as Southern Water’s company charity partner. A two year relationship means such a lot to us – not only will it raise awareness of our work but the funds raised will make a real difference to patients. We’re really excited and looking forward to getting started!"
And as well as transporting patients to the most appropriate specialist unit or nearest major hospital in a fraction of the time taken by land ambulance, the service is able to administer blood transfusions and plasma as well as anaesthetising, controlling haemorrhage and performing chest surgery whenever necessary on the scene.
The money raised by Southern Water for the Air Ambulance will go towards equipping their staff with skills and items critical to their life-saving missions, including fully-stocked equipment bags, medical training courses, medicines, ventilators and an ultrasound machine to assess internal injuries. The hope is to raise at least £100,000 over the two year partnership – enough to fund 25 life-saving missions.
Southern Water's head of communication and community engagement, Corinna Allen, said:
"We are so thrilled to be working alongside KSSAA and helping to raise thousands of pounds over the next two years for the charity.
"This vital service helps people across our region and provides life-saving support when it is most needed. As part of this partnership our staff will have plenty of opportunity to volunteer and fundraise with KSSAA and we are all committed to helping raise as much money and awareness as possible."