ALC Health’s Andrew Apps climbs to the Summit of Snowdon to raise funds for Surrey Air Ambulance Trust

A group of 36 intrepid explorers embarked on a climb to reach the summit of Mount Snowdon in Wales (UK) in aid of the Surrey Air Ambulance Trust on 14th July with everyone managing to complete the 7 hour plus adventure without injury aside from a few sore legs and one or two blisters. Raising over £13,500 for this vital voluntary emergency air service will enable the Trust to continue it valuable work by responding swiftly to 999 calls.

The Air Ambulance is able to deliver a highly skilled team of Specialist Doctors and Critical Care Paramedics to the patient at the scene.

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust is a registered charity dating back to 1989 and exists to relieve sick and injured people in South East England and surrounding areas by providing a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and Air Ambulance service for the benefit of the community.

Responding to 999 calls and operating from Marden in Kent and Dunsfold in Surrey, our helicopters fly at speeds of up to 150mph and between them can reach any part of Kent, Surrey or Sussex in under 20 minutes flying time thus giving each county its own Air Ambulance service. Our highly skilled teams of Specialist Doctors and Critical Care Paramedics effectively bring the equivalent of an A&E department to the scene of an incident and can transport patients to the most appropriate specialist unit or nearest major hospital in a fraction of the time taken by land ambulance.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is one of 18 independent Air Ambulance operators in England and Wales and receives no statutory funding, relying almost entirely upon the generosity of the public to keep the service going. Every penny of the approximately £5 million we seek to raise each year to keep the life-saving helicopters in our skies every day of the year comes from individuals, groups, businesses, companies and clubs from all over Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

It is thanks to the generosity of our supporters that the Air Ambulance has flown over 15,000 missions and continues to be available to every person living, working and travelling through our county, should they ever need it.