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Air Ambulance gift in memory of cop

PUBLISHED: 18:08 02 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:01 23 August 2010

THE family of a policeman who died on duty when he was struck by a car have donated more than £3,000 to the charity that tried to save his life. PC Phillip Pratt was killed when he attempted to divert traffic on the A249 near Sittingbourne, where he was

THE family of a policeman who died on duty when he was struck by a car have donated more than £3,000 to the charity that tried to save his life.

PC Phillip Pratt was killed when he attempted to divert traffic on the A249 near Sittingbourne, where he was based, on Sunday, June 14.

During his four years service, the 26-year-old worked in Dartford and Gravesend on the volume crime team as part of his probationer training.

Kent Air Ambulance Trust received £3,466 raised by family, friends, colleagues and members of the public in lieu of flowers at his funeral

PC Pratt's sister, Julia Lewis, said: "It was really important for us to do something positive in Phillip's memory, something that would give something back to the community and would be special in his honour.

"We are extremely delighted that so many people have been so kind in raising money in his memory, including members of the public who didn't even know Phillip but who wanted to contribute.

"Kent Air Ambulance Trust is an extremely important service for the community.

"It may not have been able to save Phillip but it saves countless lives each year."

She added: "I'm extremely proud and I'm sure that if Phillip was here he would have been delighted."

His parents, Ted and Chris, and Mrs Lewis presented the giant cheque to Stephen Johns, fundraising support officer for Kent Air Ambulance Trust, at Sittingbourne Police Station, last Friday.

Mr Johns thanked the family and everyone who gave so generously. He said: "The Kent Air Ambulance is totally funded by donations from the public. It's the people of Kent who keep it flying.

"It costs an average of £4,000 a day to keep the helicopter flying so this donation is enough to potentially save two or three lives.

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