Air Ambulance partnership with Daytona Motorsport gets off to a flying start

Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) is delighted to be partnering with Daytona Motorsport to raise vital funds and increase the charity’s profile in Surrey.
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Over the coming year, Daytona Motorsport, which has a track at Sandown Park, Esher, is planning a series of fundraisers and events to support KSS. These will include a special go karting track day called ‘A Race for KSS’.

As part of the partnership, KSS will provide CPR and defibrillator awareness courses to help create more lifesavers across Surrey. KSS will work with Daytona on the installation of defibrillators at its tracks and will upskill Daytona Motorsport employees by delivering CPR and defibrillator awareness courses to create more lifesavers in Surrey.

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Daytona will help promote KSS through its connections across Surrey, and open up its facilities for KSS team days. Daytona employees will have an opportunity to visit KSS’s Redhill base to see the charity’s lifesaving work in action.

Charles Graham of Daytona MotorsportCharles Graham of Daytona Motorsport
Charles Graham of Daytona Motorsport

Charles Graham, CEO of Daytona Motorsport said: “I became aware of KSS because of Henry Surtees’ accident at Brands Hatch in 2009 when Henry was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital by KSS. We then embarked on a series of fundraising events in conjunction with his father John and Mercedes-Benz World via the Henry Surtees Foundation.

“During COVID I was very privileged to get to know a few of the team from KSS when pilots, doctors, administrators and paramedics came to stay with me for their work as I live near the base. I was so impressed with the people and the organisation that I became determined to strengthen ties with the organisation. I became a volunteer with them and, as a consequence of that, became determined that Daytona Motorsport should partner with KSS as there was clear mutual benefit.

“KSS will be providing training to Daytona personnel and advice on procurement of medical equipment that we require to discharge our responsibilities to those entrusting us with their care.

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“It is the extraordinary commitment and management that I have witnessed personally at KSS that has prompted this partnership. The people of KSS are a high performing team that sets such an impressive standard. We are very proud and grateful to partner with this world-class organisation.”

Alex Redwood, Head of Corporate Development at KSS, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with a local organisation that understands the importance of safety and upskilling their employees and community so that more people in Surrey can have the skills to save lives.

“As an independent lifesaving charity, it costs over £51K per day to operate our lifesaving service, and this is only thanks to the support we receive from the communities we serve. We’re looking forward to working with Charles and everyone at Daytona Motorsport.

To learn more about how your business can help support KSS’s lifesaving work, visit the KSS website, aakss.org.uk/business.

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