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Launch for new life-saving service

By Edenbridge Courier  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

JOINING FORCES: From left, Paul Ormond, general manager corporate affairs Honda UK; John Surtees, Dr Malcolm Russell, clinical lead Kent Air Ambulance Trust, Adrian Bell, chief executive of the trust, and John Kidd, SERV Kent

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MOTORSPORT legend and Edenbridge resident John Surtees has helped launch a life-saving service, thanks to a £25,000 donation.

From Monday, doctors and the paramedic team at Kent Air Ambulance will be able to carry out blood transfusions at the scene of emergencies, making it one of the first air ambulance service to do this outside of London.

Mr Surtees presented the cheque to charity chief executive Adrian Bell at its Marden base.

The money will cover the cost of the blood transfusion equipment on board the helicopter, as well as two Honda CRV cars for the transportation of blood in all weathers, once again bringing together the name of John Surtees and Honda, who he drove for in the late 60s.

Mr Surtees said: "A large part of my life has been spent on the racing tracks of the world trying to save time. I am very grateful to all of those who have helped the Henry Surtees Foundation provide the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance with blood transfusion equipment and the Honda vehicles to transport the blood. The speedy delivery of this new service to the scene of an emergency will help save lives and injury."

It was made possible by a charity partnership of air ambulance, the Henry Surtees Foundation, set up after Mr Surtees' son died in a car crash, SERV, East Surrey and William Harvey Hospitals and NHS Blood and Transplant.

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