The grant, which comes from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, is funded by Freemasons and their families across England and Wales.
A cheque presentation was held at the charity’s Redhill base, followed by a presentation from Director of Operations, Leigh Curtis, about how their continuing support has made such a difference.
The life-saving charity operates throughout the South East covering an area of 3,500 square miles and a population of 4.5million people. So far this year, their crews have been called to more than 600 missions, helping the most critically ill and injured people in the region.
During 2017, Freemasons around the country will be presenting 20 regional air ambulance charities with grants totalling £180,000.
Lynne Harris, Director of Income Generation for the charity, said: 'We are so grateful to Surrey Freemasons for their continuing generosity. Without support like this, we simply would not be able to continue our life-saving work.'
David Olliver, Provincial Grand Charity Steward of Surrey Freemasons, said: 'We are so pleased to continue supporting the great work of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. Supporting the work they carry out in our communities every day is something to be proud of.'
Red Cross support at home
Herefordshire Freemasons have again given support to the British Red Cross and their proven Support at Home Service. This scheme provides short-term care and support in the home for predominantly older people after an accident, illness, or stay in hospital, giving them confidence to continue their daily lives.
In presenting the donation to Mike Crowe, Service Development Manager for Herefordshire Red Cross, W Bro David Knowles, Provincial Grand Charity Steward, was taken on a tour of the relatively new premises in Harrow Road, Plough Lane. He praised the staff and volunteers for the notable number of local people supported by this service at home.
David Knowles was also impressed by the other wide range of services available from the loan of medical equipment such as wheelchairs, to door-to-door transport and therapeutic care.
Judith Topping, one of the Support at Home Service Co-ordinators, mentioned the important role played by the Herefordshire Village Warden scheme in association with the British Red Cross. By introducing people to a friendly, knowledgeable and independent village warden, welcome assistance is provided from within their own local community to the benefit of all concerned.
David Knowles emphasised the commitment of Herefordshire Freemasons in supporting such local charity projects as the British Red Cross Support at Home Service.