Lions Clubs’ £160k boost for local air ambulances

Air ambulances across the British Isles will receive vital equipment in the battle against COVID-19 – thanks to a generous grant of £160,000 from the Lions Clubs International Foundation.

Lions Clubs Chair of Council, Stewart Sherman-Kahn said “We know that air ambulance charities have been busier than ever during the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve faced considerable extra – unbudgeted – day to day costs – at the same time as lockdown has affected fund-raising.”

Now, thanks to an emergency COVID-19 relief grant from the Lions Clubs International Foundation in the US, we can provide immediate support for this emergency service that touches lives in all our local communities.”

Working with local air ambulance charities across Great Britain, Air Ambulances UK and Lions Club created a list of equipment and supplies that was needed by each charity in the fight against Covid-19 that could be funded by the Lions Clubs International Foundation grant.

The equipment and supplies funded include adaptation to aircraft, PPE for crews, mobile connectivity devices and a thermal screening camera and monitoring system.

Heather Benjamin, Chair of Air Ambulances, UK said: “The donation of equipment and supplies by Lions helps air ambulance charities to support the COVID-19 response and their communities in these extraordinary times and beyond.”