Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex

MEMBERS of Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking presented a cheque for £1,300 to Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex on a recent visit to its operations base at Redhill Aerodrome.

The mosque, in Oriental Road, has supported the life-saving charity for the past two years. By organising collections after prayers and hosting a fun day locally with Woking Tigers football club, it has now raised more than £3,500.

FLYING HIGH – Representatives of the Shah Jahan Mosque present Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex with a £1,300 cheque after their latest fundraising drive. Pictured, from left to right,  are First Officer David Milton, Mohammad Habib, Ghulam Arshad from Woking Tigers, Muhammad Farooq and paramedic Alan Cowley

The air ambulance, which is capable of reaching any part of its region in 25 minutes, is  funded almost entirely by public donation. It requires about £11 million annually to sustain the service.

Last year the charity flew 2,500 missions to serve a population of almost 5 million, Mohammad said: “We feel the air ambulance plays a vital role in emergency situations where help is needed as quickly as possible to help save lives. Any of us could need the service and it is important to help keep them operating.”

For more information on the work of Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex or to donate, please visit www.aakss.org.uk. To find out more about the Shah Jahan Mosque, please visit www.shahjahanmosque.org.uk.

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WOKING’S Mela in the Park has raised £10,000 for a series of local and international charities.

SHOW US YOUR MEDALS – Runners-up in a football competition earn their reward

The event, a family fun day on Sunday 21 July at Alpha Park, Maybury, organised by Shah Jahan Mosque and Woking Tigers Football Club, will distribute the money between four good causes: the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices,  Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex, supporting famine relief in Yemen and helping to fund assistance for the  water crisis in Gaza.

SWEET SUCCESS – Sanya, Mariam and Zeinab sell homemade cakes in aid of  charity

Mohammad Habib, the mosque manager, said: “It was our second year and a fantastic day. Thousands of people came along, more than last year when the weather was really too hot.

“There was plenty going on, with the likes football tournaments, competitions and face-painting, and, of course, wonderful food.

“We had people from all ages and backgrounds. We’re really grateful to everyone who came, and our thanks to all the volunteers.

“We’ll be doing it again next year.”

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THE Rotary Club of Woking District is donating much-needed funds to Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex to support the organisation in its commitment to the local community.

The club is giving £5,000 to the lifesaving charity, which covers Kent, Surrey and Sussex 24-hours a day, as a thank you for its swift action after a call out last November at the Woking firework display.

RAPID RESPONSE – Rotary Club past president Andy Beckett with air ambulance crew

Lynne Harris, executive director for charity, Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex, said: “The Woking District Rotary Club epitomises the selfless spirit of supporters that we see across our region. Without them we wouldn’t be able to operate as we do and every pound raised makes a difference.

“Thanks to the commitment of the people of Woking, the £5,000 raised will fund approximately 50 units of blood used to treat life-threatening injuries at the scene and on the way to hospital.”

Rotary Club past president Andy Beckett said: “It costs Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex over £11 million each year to carry out its lifesaving work.

“Donations such as ours ensure they can continue to provide their incredible service and buy vital supplies and equipment. We truly thank them for their outstanding commitment to our community.”

For the full story get the 1 August edition of the News & Mail