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Open Day – Dunsfold

Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Open Day

Dunsfold Park

Sunday 12 June 2011, from 11am – Free entry!

Come along to a great family day out with plenty of fun and activities for all the family. This year the attractions will include:

Witness the emergency services including Fire, Police, Ambulance and Air Ambulance, demonstrate how they work together at an incident scene,

Enjoy Helicopter Rides, Open Top Bus Tours around the ‘Top Gear’ track, Live music from ‘Charley Farley Sunday Four’, Fullers Beer & Pimms tent, Hog Roast and BBQ, Kids craft area, Mobile Ark small animal farm, Bouncy Castles, Flight Simulator by UK Simrides, tours on the 747 based at Dunsfold Park, Southwater Dabblers Model Boat display, Electric Model Train rides, Eagle Radio Love Crew, Caterham 7s, Trade stands and much more….

Take the opportunity to come along and see the Air Ambulance and chat to the crews. It’s a great day out and a perfect way to support your Air Ambulance!

Dunsfold Park, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8TB

Look out for The AA signs!

Gates open at 11am with activities continuing throughout the day until 4pm.


Air Ambulance Double 100 Bike Challenge – Sunday 3 July 2011

Registration Fee £25

Minimum sponsorship: £150 – target £250 (a prize will be awarded to the person who raises the most sponsorship).

This special cycle challenge will take place on Sunday 3 July 2011. Starting and finishing at our base at Dunsfold Park on the Surrey/Sussex border, cyclists will be offered a chance to either cycle 100km (62miles) or 100 miles depending on their fitness and how much of a challenge they are up for. 

From the start at Dunsfold Park, cyclists will head around a route that will take in all four of the counties we serve, Surrey, West and East Sussex and Kent, and back to Dunsfold Park (the route will pass via Cranleigh, Charlwood, Lingfield, Tunbridge Wells, Groombridge, Hartfield, Southwater, Loxwood amongst others). At a certain point there will be a split and cyclists can decide then whether they want to take the 100km route or the 100 mile option.

On return to Dunsfold Park there will be a BBQ and drinks available for all competitiors, friends and family to purchase and celebrate their achievement. Radio 2’s Sally Traffic will be coming along to join in the celebrations, hand out goody bags and prizes and generally share the pain of having ridden the Double 100.

Register Now – click here! Or for any additional information and an information pack, contact Veronica Wiseman

Download our Double 100 Bike Challenge poster by clicking here!

Halfords has teamed up with Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance to give away a £1,000 Boardman bike in a competition for the life-saving charity’s Double 100 Cycle Challenge – Click here to find out more!

The Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance would like to thank the following companies for their invaluable support of the Double 100 Cycle Challenge:

Southern Water, Sussex Transport, Allguard Alarms, MI Print, Power Bars and Halfords


Welcome to the Air Ambulance Lottery

Every week a top prize of £1000 is won, so why not spend a pound and help save a life? Who knows, you may be the lucky winner of our top prize of £1000 in the Air Ambulance Lottery?

For full information on how to join our air ambulance lottery please view our “join lottery” page.

Kent Air Ambulance Trust do not use commercial companies for any fundraising including ‘face to face’ or ‘door to door’ approaches. This is carried out by volunteers and charity staff who receive no commission.

We do use external representatives solely to promote our Air Ambulance Lottery who are paid on a commission only basis. However, the average commission paid is less than 8% which we regard as excellent value and falls well within Gambling Commission Guidelines.

By taking part in our lottery, supporters have a chance of winning £1000 each week and £25,000 if they join our Superdraw.

There are many ways of supporting the charity such as becoming a volunteer, holding an event or by joining our lottery and we would like to reassure members of the public that 100% of any donation given is used to help save lives across the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Joining our lottery online by clicking here or by calling 01622 833833, will ensure that your entire contribution will go direct to the charity.


Media centre

Welcome to the Press & Media Centre of the Sussex Air Ambulance Website. From here you are able to access:

  • Gallery of High Resolution Photos
  • Sussex Air Amulance logos
  • Press Releases
  • Mission Reports; where has the helicopter been?

Please click here to complete our media application form, to automatically receive our mission reports and press releases as soon as they are released.

To contact our Press Office: [email protected]

Please note – this login area is restricted for journalists and media professionals in the broadcast & newspaper mediums only. Logins will only be issued to those in these media professions.



We have 53 people who kindly donate the gift of time to volunteer for the charity and help us out, in a variety of ways.

For some this is an opportunity for them to ‘give something back’, for others it is a chance to meet new people or even gain some work experience. Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and ages, ranging from 16- 80+. Whatever your age, we will always welcome your help.

There are several ways in which you can donate the gift of time to our emergency service charity. All new volunteers receive training in each of our volunteering opportunities. Below are some examples of the roles that you could undertake to help us:

  • Drivers & Couriers
  • Collection Box Stewards
  • Public Speakers
  • Cheque Presentation Speakers
  • Volunteering at events

Support us

Your Air Ambulance costs £1.7 million per annum, to provide an emergency helicopter to the people of Sussex. With no Government, National Lottery or NHS support, our life saving service is entirely dependant upon the community, particularly the groups, clubs, organisations and individuals who fundraise on behalf or the Sussex Air Ambulance.

There are a number of ways in which you can help raise money and awareness for the Sussex Air Ambulance, from fundraising events to online donations. You can help by…


Whether you are a business wishing to support our charity or an individual, group or part of a club who would like to participate in fundraising activities please click here to go to our fundraising pages.

Business Support

Many businesses make Sussex Air Ambulance their Charity of the Year for more information on business support please click here.

Sponsored Challenges & Events

You could also take on the Challenge of a lifetime for our charity, and get your friends to sponsor you in a variety of different ways.

Whether you’re taking part in a trek, marathon or another physical challenge you could get your friends and family to sponsor you through you own fundraising webpage on Just


Who we are

Sussex was one of only a few counties in the UK that did not have its own dedicated Helicopter Emergency Medical Service – HEMS, but this all changed in June 2007!

The Sussex Air Ambulance Appeal was launched in June 2005 by local actress Penelope Keith CBE. The appeal target was set at a quarter of a million pounds. The emergency helicopter was launched by a host of celebrities including Penelope Keith and Bernard Cribbins on June 8th 2007.

Responding swiftly to 999 calls, air ambulances are able to deliver a medical crew to the scene of an accident or medical emergency and to transport patients to the nearest major hospital or specialist unit, in a fraction of the time taken by a land ambulance. Sussex has a complete HEMS Service (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service), and employ’s the highest possible clinical standards in pre hospital care.

There are currently 15 independent air ambulance operators, all of which are registered charities and funded entirely by charitable donations, receiving no Government or National Lottery funding.

The new HEMS service, is based at Dunsfold Park, flying fast, direct and unhindered at over 150 miles per hour, the entire county can be reached in minutes.

However the challenge now, is to meet the yearly running costs of approximately £1.7 million to provide Sussex and neighboring Surrey with an emergency helicopter service, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Receiving no funding from the National Lottery the charity relies almost entirely upon the generosity of the public to support the Sussex Air Ambulance.

This website has been designed to help our supporters keep up to date with the latest news and developments at their local Air Ambulance and to give new supporters an insight into what we do.


A Guide To Root Vegetables

A Guide To Root Vegetables

There is a root vegetable that I am quite partial to, I think of it as “the gazebo” of root vegetables. Root vegetables refer to plant parts below the ground’s surface including bulbs, vines, small trees, even flowers, leaves, roots of plants, etc. Although botany classifies all roots beneath the ground from non-rooted to rotted, the word “root vegetable” applies only to these kinds in culinary and agricultural use. This root vegetable list is my favorite, and I hope you enjoy it too.

My favorite part of the root vegetables list are the sweet potato. They are not only healthy for you, they’re delicious! They make an excellent base on which to spread some of the other great vegetable combinations you can create.

One of the most popular types of potato root vegetables is called the “potato salad” because of their versatility. Some people like to top their potatoes off with some salad dressing while others prefer to eat them plain. Whatever way you decide to eat your potatoes, you will find that these are among the healthiest vegetable choices around.

Along with sweet potatoes, I’ve mentioned the yams. They are one of the best choices when it comes to a great variety of dishes. From “mashed” potatoes to sweet potato and oatmeal mash, you can have plenty of options with yams.

Along with sweet potatoes, yams also make an excellent choice in the root vegetable list. I love to bake with them or boil them in water with some lemon juice or lime juice and some salt, which helps bring out some of the more flavorful characteristics of the fruit. Some people like to put a little cinnamon in the mix to bring out the flavors even further.

My favorite vegetable in the root vegetables list is known as the “sweet potato.” They are often eaten as a whole rather than mashed, which makes them very versatile. If you like to steam your potatoes, then this is probably one of the best choices.

A Guide To Root Vegetables

They are also good as a substitute when trying to come up with a quick and healthy snack.

Along with sweet potatoes and yams, carrots are another member of the root list. And, they are one of my favorites. You can cook them whole, cut into slices and put them on sandwiches or even eat them raw with salad dressings. While they may not be used in the traditional ways you see them used in recipes, carrots do provide an important part of the diet in many parts of Asia and are a great addition to any raw food diet.

There are lots more vegetables in the root list. Carrots, squash, beans and radishes are just a few that belong. If you aren’t sure about what kinds you should include in your diet, then take the time to do a little research.

A Guide To Root Vegetables

What is Saffron Harvested For?

What is Saffron Harvested For?

Saffron can be described as a red spice that has been used in Middle Eastern cooking for more than 5000 years. Saffron is originally from the plant of the Crocus Sativus, otherwise known as the “parsley crocus.” The bright red stigma and colorful strands, called threads, were gathered and dried to use mainly as an ornamental colorant and as a spice.

What is Saffron? The name saffron comes from the Sanskrit language, which means “a garland of flowers” and it was used as garlands before its use as a spice. In fact, saffron is an essential component of certain Jewish dietary laws. It is said to bring wealth, good health, and virility.

Saffron comes from plants grown in the Mediterranean region, but is now cultivated in other areas as well, particularly Africa and Asia. It grows best in dry climates. However, it may also grow in a wet area, such as a pot or container, but it must not get too wet. Saffrons come in a wide variety of colors, and sometimes people confuse saffron with cinnamon because they both grow in the same type of plants.

Saffron usually comes in two types, curly and blunt. Curly saffron has a smooth appearance and is often light yellow. The blunt saffron has a rough appearance and is generally dark brown to black.

What is Saffron Used For? Many people believe that saffron can cure many diseases, especially for blood circulation problems, arthritis, digestive problems, skin problems, indigestion, and asthma. According to the Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, saffron comes from a herbaceous plant found in Mediterranean countries. It has been used in many recipes and is a common additive in many foods. It is one of the most expensive spices on the planet.

Saffron has also been used in some of the ancient texts of the Jewish religion, where it is known as “Chasid.” The word saffron is derived from the Greek words meaning “to sprinkle”to sprinkle down.” It is widely used in Eastern cuisine to flavor food and give it a unique taste. Other recipes that include saffron include chocolate cake, fried bread, fish, lamb, and meat. Saffron also can be used to flavor wine and desserts, like chocolate sauce and custard.

What is Saffron Cost? Saffron comes in varying prices depending on how much it weighs and how it is harvested. The price of saffron varies according to the season, where it grows, and how much was harvested. Although it is considered a luxury product in many areas of the world, it is still expensive in the United States.

What is Saffron Used for Cooking? Many recipes use saffron for garnishing or as an ingredient in a dish, such as saffron risotto and Greek salad dressing. It is commonly found in Italian pasta dishes, including spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, and lasagna.

There are many recipes for saffron available to those looking to add an exotic flavor to their dishes.

What is Saffron Harvested For?

Saffron is used as an alternative to safflower, a common ingredient in Rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, and basil recipes. It is also used in Middle Eastern cuisine to make a variety of dishes, including hummus, shakshuka, and gyozas.

What is Saffron Used For in Beauty Products? It is used in many makeup products as a bleaching agent. It is also a popular ingredient in many face and body lotions.

How is Saffron Harvested? Saffron is harvested as a plant from wild species in Africa and Asia. It must be taken to be processed before it can be sold to manufacturers. There is a specific procedure by which this can be done. Most saffron is harvested from the tops of the leaves of the plant.

What is Saffron Harvested for Food? This spice is used in a variety of recipes in North Africa, as well as parts of Spain, Turkey, and Italy. It is usually found in Middle Eastern and Asian recipes as a spice. It is also a popular additive in foods in the Mediterranean region. Its aroma can be used in the production of Italian pastries, pizza dough, and in some desserts.


Tips For Getting Started With The ScD Diet

Tips For Getting Started With The ScD Diet

The ScD diet is not a recommended diet for everyone. It is designed for people with a diagnosis of celiac disease.

The specific carbohydrate diet consists of a strict diet meant to control celiac disease: it restricts the consumption of complex carbohydrate rich foods. Monosaccharides and disaccharide sugar are also allowed, along with other foods such as milk, cheese and aged cheese. All prohibited foods include gluten-rich foods, wheat and barley. All of this is done to reduce the amounts of gluten in the digestive system of those diagnosed with celiac disease.

Some people find the dietary guidelines to be too restrictive, and that they have difficulties sticking to the rules. Others simply have a hard time eating it. When this happens, people may be forced to turn to a low carb, high protein diet, which is an easier way to get all of the nutrients and vitamins found in the same foods without having to worry about the negative side effects of eating them.

The ScD diet does have a list of permitted foods, which is generally made up of only a few foods. It is important to note that most of these are foods that are often used in low or no carb and high protein diets. In other words, there is little variation from person to person, although some people will have difficulty eating certain foods. If you have an illness that affects your digestive system, you may want to talk with your doctor about the diet.

The main thing to know about the ScD diet is that there are no long term benefits to it. The diet can make you lose weight, but this may not be the best idea because you can eat more food and still continue to gain weight. Also, it’s not recommended for pregnant women or lactating women, since some of the items on the ScD diet can increase your blood glucose levels and cause birth defects.

The ScD diet can be difficult if you don’t follow the rules correctly. This is why it’s important to keep a close eye on what you eat, to make sure that you don’t go overboard and eat too much.

It’s hard to stick to the ScD diet because you may have to eat many different foods at the same time. You’ll have to watch everything you eat and avoid certain foods altogether. If you do follow the guidelines and you don’t eat enough, you could end up gaining more weight than you lost.

It’s a good idea to have a support group when following any diet. It’s a great place to go for advice when you’re struggling to stick to a specific diet.

Many people become frustrated with the ScD diet and feel that it is just going to fail.

Tips For Getting Started With The ScD Diet

Don’t let this discourage you because most diets do have a way of going under after several weeks. If you’re one of the few who continues to use the ScD, keep in mind that there are things you can do to keep the plan moving forward. If you’re having problems sticking with the plan, remember that these usually occur because you’re missing out on certain foods.

Some people eat the right amount of food but can’t seem to enjoy any of the foods. A support group can help you understand which foods will give you the best results and which ones will make you feel terrible.

Another problem people may have with the ScD is that they’re not sure how to prepare the food for themselves. There are a few foods that can make it difficult to prepare. They include things such as whole grains, nuts, and soy products.

If you’re worried about making the ScD work for you, try asking your doctor. Your doctor can also be a great resource for help when it comes to sticking to a diet. Be patient and stay focused on the plan, because you may not be able to reach your goals right away, but you will eventually succeed.