Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) has unveiled its ambitious Five Year Strategy (2022- 2027) ‘Working Together to Save More Lives’, created to help take important steps towards realising its vision of an end to preventable loss of life from medical emergency.

With demand for its world-leading pre-hospital Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) at an all-time high, KSS has set out ambitious plans to develop its core life-saving service, to build on its Research and Innovation Programme, and to introduce new Patient and Family Aftercare and community-based initiatives.

Through even closer collaboration with key partners including South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb), the wider NHS, other charities and with the communities they serve, KSS is committed to reaching more patients, improving more outcomes and working together to save more lives.

Amongst the innovations KSS is looking into, the charity is exploring opportunities for drone deployment of defibrillators and is investigating introducing new techniques to deliver advanced medical interventions in its helicopter cabins.

David Welch, CEO, KSS explains, “Collaboration and partnership are key to our success, especially with our colleagues in South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb), the wider NHS and the communities we serve. It currently costs over £15.2M a year to operate our service 24/7, with 86% of our total income raised through the incredible generosity of our supporters. To realise our future vision, and save even more lives, we hope to inspire even more support from our communities. Together we can achieve great things.”

KSS’s next major fundraiser is Host a Roast in which people invite friends, family or colleagues in November to enjoy a roast and, through donations, raise vital funds.  For further details, please visit To find out more about KSS and other fundraising opportunities, please visit