Surrey Air Ambulance give an insight into organising a charity ball
PUBLISHED: 18:55 13 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:19 20 February 2013
In a light-hearted new series, Jerry Webb, a trustee on the Surrey board of the region's Air Ambulance, takes us behind the scenes as they count down to their charity ball...
In a light-hearted new series, Jerry Webb, a trustee on the Surrey board of the regions Air Ambulance, takes us behind the scenes as they count down to their charity ball...
- Jerry Webb has supported the Air Ambulance since qualifying as a helicopter pilot in 2005. Contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine October 2012
IT WAS an evening early in May that we sat around the kitchen table in Chris and Carolines South Nutfield farmhouse with just one item on the agenda. Chris, at the head of the table, banged the salt shaker loudly, ceasing the murmur of conversation that rippled amongst those present
And so started the events that lead us to today planning next years Summer Ball in aid of the Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance Trust. The charity has been close to the hearts of all the committee members for many years; a group of individuals drawn together to support friends Chris and Caroline Martin who, back in 2006, decided it would be fun to host such an event in their grain store and raise a few pounds for the charity.
And, on that warm summer evening in June 2007, the inaugural Air Aid Ball was launched, raising over 50,000 to help the charity acquire a second helicopter to allow further coverage of the three counties from bases in Kent and Surrey.
Two further Summer Balls have followed, both at the airfield in Redhill, and all three have been great fun, attracting up to 300 guests in various forms of dress last years had a Burlesque theme, which proved most entertaining! More importantly, the total raised from the evenings has now surpassed 175,000, with every penny donated to the charity.
Back at the farmhouse, the committee do not dwell on the statistics, with all of us acutely aware that missions flown this year top 800 and that the charity receives no public funding and only exists through the generous support of local people.
If we are all in favour, growls Chris, then raise your hand and we can get onto the important stuff whats next years theme, whos arranging the portable toilets and wheres my salt shaker?!