Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield, has called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP to support a bid for funding, which has been put forward by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.
Founded in 1990, the Trust is a charitable company which exists to relieve sick and injured people in South East England and surrounding areas by providing a Helicopter Emergency Service (HEMS) and Air Ambulance Service for the benefit of the community.
The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust is the only charity in the country providing a 24/7 helicopter service. The charity relies almost solely on public donations to keep the service going and is entirely self-governing.
Over the past 25 years, the Trust has expanded the geographical area it covers and has attended to over 25,000 incidents. It continues to be available to every person living, working and travelling through the counties of Surrey, Kent and Sussex.
The bid for funding has been put forward to the Treasury’s LIBOR Grants scheme - a fund that combines banking fines - and is awarded to eligible charities across the UK.
Supporting the move, Ms Caulfield said, “Air Ambulances carry out a vital role for communities across the UK, particularly in coastal regions, like my constituency of Lewes.
“If given the go-ahead, the new helicopter - paid for by the LIBOR fund - will also support the introduction of an air transfer service, reducing health inequality, improving patient outcome and reducing resource burden on the NHS.
“I am therefore delighted to support the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust in their bid for funding, and I am sure that the Chancellor will properly consider the very real benefits that releasing the funding to them could bring for communities across these three regions.”