The helicopter in the picture above belongs to Surrey Air Ambulance. Interestingly, until recently Surrey was one of only a few counties in the UK that did not have its own dedicated Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). This changed in June 2007!
The service, based at Dunsfold Park, flies fast, direct and unhindered at over 150 miles per hour and the entire county can be reached within minutes.
The principal challenge for the registered charity is to meet the yearly running costs of approximately £1.5 million to provide Surrey and neighbouring Sussex with an emergency helicopter service, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.