Runners take on iconic route to help vital KSS Air Ambulance

Bonnie, Adam, Jess and James (pictured) joined thousands of fellow runners and fundraisers through the heart of central London. The route took them past many of the capital’s world class historic landmarks including The Ritz, Trafalgar Square, the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and The Cenotaph.

The team were running in aid of The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. Established in 1989 to provide an air ambulance service, it now operates two state of the art aircrafts 365 days a year. They fly out of Marden in Kent and Redhill in Surrey and are capable of delivering crews anywhere in the region in under 20 minutes flying time. Occasionally weather prevents the aircraft flying, so crews also have rapid response vehicles to maximise their availability

Each aircraft is crewed by at least one experienced Pilot and a minimum of one Doctor and one Paramedic, who are trained in advanced pre-hospital care, which gives them the knowledge and skills necessary to assess and stabilise critically ill and injured adults and children. This means that a number of specialist clinical procedures that are normally only available in the resuscitation area of an emergency department can be delivered to patients at the scene, such as, general anaesthesia, advanced pain relief and for a small number of patients surgical interventions.

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This vital service, which has attended over 25,000 missions since it started, is funded almost entirely on voluntary donations and £6.5 million is needed to keep it operational. The Geerings’ team made it across the finish line to raise over £1400 for The KSS Air Ambulance Service and were delighted by the support from their friends, family and customers.