Monday, 20 December 2010

Christmas Wishes from our new Captain

Captain Andy Langdon drove in dressed as a Shepherd despite the snow and freezing temperatures yesterday (Sunday 19th December).

He was pleased to welcome Captains and Vice Captains from Kindred clubs to celebrate the start of his year of captaincy. Andy is keen to continue the close relationship which has been built up over many years between the five local clubs that not only compete annually for the Kindred Club shield but also interact with each other in various golfing and social events througout the year. Indeed, many lasting friendships have been built between Captains of the same year who until which, had been total strangers.

The Captain would like to take this opportunity to wish all the members, their wives and families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2011.

Andy has chosen the Essex Air Ambulance as his Charity of the Year. There will be various events throughout the year to raise money for this local and inspiring charity.

Essex Air Ambulance is a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS); providing a free life-saving service for Essex and surrounding areas. Specialist Doctors and Ambulance Service Paramedics can be rushed to the scene of an incident with life-saving support equipment and the patient, following assessment, will be flown to an appropriate hospital. Unlike other NHS emergency services Essex Air Ambulance is a charity relying solely upon the generosity and goodwill of the people and businesses of Essex to remain operational and saving lives.

Based at Boreham near Chelmsford, the helicopter is never more than eight minutes flying time from any one of the major hospitals in Essex and flies at a speed of 150 miles per hour.

It costs in the region of £250,000 per month to cover all charitable costs and aircraft operations. To date the aircraft has flown over 10,000 missions.

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