Holly’s helping hand

Air Ambulance paramedic Lewis Price, Holly Crouch and Dr Ashley Hague
Air Ambulance paramedic Lewis Price, Holly Crouch and Dr Ashley Hague

An 11-year-old girl raised £350 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in memory of her uncle.

Holly Crouch, from Pett Level, ran a stall selling hand-made jewellery and decorations at a craft fair in the village.

The budding entrepreneur raised a total of £200 to add to the £150 she previously raised by running the Brighton Mini Mile with her sister Lucy.

The Guestling Bradshaw School pupil decided to support the air ambulance after it was called to her uncle.

Proud dad Alan said: “Holly made all of the jewellery and decorations herself and all of her takings went to the charity. She spends a lot of time watching Helicopter Heroes so she knows far more about the air ambulance than I do.”

Holly met the air ambulance pilot, doctor and paramedic during a visit to the helicopter base to present her donation.

It was lovely to meet Holly and see such an enthusiastic young person show such initiative. Her uncle would have been extremely proud of her

Dr Ashley Hague

She was even allowed to sit in the back of the MD902 Explorer, which flies at speeds of up to 150mph, and watched as it was twice called into action.

Dr Ashley Hague said: “It was lovely to meet Holly and see such an enthusiastic young person show such initiative. Her uncle would have been extremely proud of her.”

The Air Ambulance service in Kent, Surrey and Sussex costs around £6 million annually to stay airborne. Receiving no funding from the National Lottery, the charity relies almost entirely upon the generosity of the public to support the two helicopters based at Marden in Kent and Redhill in Surrey. The charity exists to relieve sick and injured people in south east England and surrounding areas by providing a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and Air Ambulance Service for the benefit of the community.

The Kent Air Ambulance Trust was set up in 1989 to provide an air ambulance service for the county. 2005, saw the introduction of doctors on board, and in 2007, the trust expanded its service and launched a second helicopter to cover Surrey and Sussex.