Kent Air Ambulance Trust

The Launch of our New Fundraising Venture
in Partnership with the Kent Air Ambulance

Rags to Riches! - The launch of the Campaign, 21st April '09. The Julie Rose stadium in Ashford was the chosen site for the Kent Air Ambulance to fly into for the launch of a new initiative to raise funds for the life saving helicopter.

We are partnering the charity with this textile recycling initiative which saw the Julie Rose stadium be the first location in the county to house one of our brand new Kent Air Ambulance clothing banks. We will be placing bins across the whole of the county and we will be donating the profits raised from the sale of donated textiles to the Air Ambulance.

Jonathan Sait from LW Sait & Sons said "Every year the nation throws away around 1,500,000 tonnes of textiles. By launching this recycling scheme, we are not only diverting more waste from landfill sites, but also offering a simple and effective way of raising funds for a vital service that helps so many people and saves lives. We would like to place more bins in the county and would love to hear from any business that would be able to help us do this".

Lynn Hyder, County Fundraiser for the Air Ambulance said "In these difficult financial times, a scheme like this allows people to continue to donate to the Air Ambulance without further hardship and it also helps the environment. I hope that in time we will have many more recycling bins in the County, and this in turn will help us to raise the £1.6m a year that we need to operate the service".

We are seeking venues countywide at which to site Textile Banks to help raise vital funds for the Kent Air Ambulance. Can you site a Textile Bank in your car park, or do you have a suitable space with vehicular access that will allow the local community to drop off their unwanted clothes? If so, we would love to hear from you.

There is more good news... it won't cost you
a penny to show your support in this way! 

'Phil' the Bag - Kent Air Ambulance Shop

May 2011 saw the very exciting Grand Opening of our first ‘Phil’ the Bag shop, proudly supporting the Kent Air Ambulance.

The Kent Air Ambulance store in Station Street, Sittingbourne was officially declared open by Kent Air Ambulance Chief Executive Adrian Bell and the deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Swale Cllr Ben Stokes and Sylvia Bennett.

Others present at the ceremony included air ambulance fundraising stalwarts Dennis and Deirdre Ines, Jonathan and Helena Sait from ‘Phil’ the Bag and other air ambulance staff and medics.

The first customers were treated to sandwiches and champagne, with balloons and lollies for the children.

The shop has proven to be a great success so far, with regular customers coming back each week and generous donations flying through the doors.

The Kent Air Ambulance receives no funding from the National Lottery and relies almost entirely upon the generosity of the public to support the helicopter.

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