Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance marks 25 years

Kent Air Ambulance helicopter
Image caption The service launched its first helicopter in December 1989

An air ambulance service is marking its silver jubilee year with a cathedral service and a fund-raising drive.

Celebrations are being held throughout the year by Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, which launched its first helicopter in December 1989.

A service of thanksgiving will be held on Wednesday at Canterbury Cathedral.

Founder Kate Chivers said the support of crews, volunteers and the community had made it possible to develop "an exceptional lifesaving service".

The service now has two helicopters, based at Marden in Kent and Redhill in Surrey, and costs about £6.5m a year to stay airborne.

A £15,000 car was also being raffled at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre to raise funds.

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