The Sky's The LimitThe 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.

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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.

And although the Air Ambulance has been selected as the company’s charity partner, four regional charities are to receive grants of £10,000 each to help with a specific, year-long project.

All five charities were chosen by Southern Water employees, who will also be lending their time and skills volunteering to help their local projects.

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!”

Founded in 1989, the current Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance service is an expansion of the original Kent Air Ambulance service, and exists to relieve sick and injured people in South East England and surrounding areas. It provides a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and Air Ambulance Service for a population of around 4.4million people.

The Air Ambulance has a team of Specialist Doctors and Critical Care Paramedics, and effectively brings the equivalent of an A&E department to the scene of an incident.

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.”

The four regional charities, all of whom applied for the annual grant and were championed by Southern Water employees, are:

· Kent: The Aspinall Foundation, Howletts Wild Animal Park – building a new education and conservation centre.

· Sussex: Chailey Heritage – building a farm for young people with significant physical and learning difficulties.

· Isle of Wight: SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity – supporting the refurbishment of specialist bathrooms at a care home for ex WW2 service personnel.

· Hampshire: The Honeypot Children’s Charity for young carers – refurbishing a lake and bridge

Further information on our four regional charity partnerships will be released shortly.

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