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Air ambulance rescues toddler

THE family of a Weavering toddler crushed beneath a wardrobe have paid tribute to Kent Air Ambulance for a “miracle rescue” that helped to save their son’s life. Pilots and paramedics flew to the rescue

when they heard how little Louis Parvin (2) was trapped beneath a wardrobe that he had somehowman- aged to pull over on top of himself at a house in the Fant area of Maidstone. Louis’ gran Lesley Vine, from Col-

lier Street,was cleaning a rental prop- erty she lets out in Roseholme and only turned her back for a moment. “The next thing she knew, he had somehow pulled the wardrobe over and his head was stuck underneath,” said Louis’ dad Peter, as he relived the nightmare scene. The air ambulance arrived within minutes, having landed at nearby Fant Farm, and, after giving Louis emergency treatment at the scene, whisked him off to King’s College Hospital, London – a journey of under 20 minutes by helicopter. Louis had suffered a severe fractured skull

and his brain was swollen with a small bleed, and he spent four days in intensive care before being transferred to a high de- pendency unit. Dad Peter and mum Kaylie, who live in Crownfields,Weavering, kept a bedside vigil at the London hospital, praying for their son’s recovery – but could never have be- lieved the outcome. After seven days in King’s, Louis was transferred to Pembury –

and discharged a day later. “Itwas nothing short of amiracle,” said Mr Parvin, the grandson of Maidstone borough councillors Peter and Daphne Parvin. “We took him back to London to thank the

given a clean bill of health. The biggest problem is making sure he doesn’t get too energetic and bang his head in the next couple of months until his skull

DOCTOR Malcolm Tunnicliff, from Kent Air Ambulance, said: “When we arrived at Louis’ side it was clear he had sustained a very se- vere head injury.

“In these injuries it is imperative to get to a neurosurgeon and fast. Our pilot, captain Kevin Goddard was then able to fly Louis, his mother and the air ambulance team to the major trauma centre at King’s College Hospi- tal in London where hewas furthermanaged.

“He was given a general anaesthetic to

allowus toprotect hisairwayandtakecontrol of his breathing in an effort to maintain the correct pressure in his brain.”

KAA is hoping to invite Louis and his family

to itsMarden headquarters soon forareunion with the crewwho saved his life.

Peter and Kaylie Parvin with son Louis

consultants and staff and they could barely believe it when he walked in and handed them a box of chocolates. “We knew that there was no long-term neurological damage, but none of them could believe how much he had progressed. So much could have gone wrong. We have been really blessed.” The lively little lad will still need some speech therapy before he is back to being his old chatterbox self, but has otherwise been

UKIP launches its Maidstone bid

THE UK Independence Party (UKIP) is attempting tomake its mark on Maidstone, announcing it has selected seven candidates to fight seats up for grabs in next May’s borough election. The party has set up a branch in the Faversham and Mid-Kent con- stituency, where Conservative minister Hugh Robertson is the sit- tingMP, and elected candidates for all seven of thewards which fall within its boundary. They are Bearsted, Boxley, Harrietsham and Lenham, ParkWood, Shepway North, Shepway South and Headcorn. UKIP rose rapidly through the ranks from nowhere to become the second largest party sitting on Kent County Council in this year’s elections, where they are now the opposing party to the ruling Con- servatives. The Tories up for re-election next May in the seven Maidstone

wards are Mike Cuming, Derek Butler, John Barned, David Burton, Michael Yates, Adrian Brindle and Jenefer Gibson. Afurther 11 seats, which fall within theMaidstone andWeald con- stituency, held by Helen Grant MP, will also be up for re-election. UKIP says it hopes to have a candidate for every seat by the time nominations close.

Lib Dems open town office

THE Lib Dem group has opened an office in Maid- stone town centre. The office is one of several at 23 Union Street

being used by entrepreneur Jonnie Jensen to offer ‘hot desking’ to small businesses and start-ups. Maidstone and the Weald Lib Dem members

have their own private office but other rooms in the large Victorian buildingwill become co-work- ing spaces to help companies who do not need – or cannot afford – larger premises. “Hopefully this will act as a focus for economic regeneration in the town centre,” said parliamen- tary campaigner Jasper Gerard. Office manager is Maidstone Cllr and JP Sue

Grigg. It is also the base for Kent’s Lib Dem or- ganiser Sam Roach. Mr Gerard and local Lib Dem councillors will

be available on Saturday mornings as well as at other times during the week. Mr Gerard paid par- ticular tribute to Cllr Derek Mortimer for his help in making it possible to have the office.

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has fully healed. Peter said: “It’s a bit of a nightmare, as he’s into everything and want- ing to run about, jump and climb! He’s a typ- ical little lad and trying to restrain him isn’t going to be easy.” Peter Parvin, who is a business manager

for Barclays Bank, said: “You hear so much about the air ambulance but it’s only when something like this affects you personally you realise that they are a charity and need as much help as they can get. “They savedmy son’s life without doubt.”

Grammar school is outstanding A team of five inspectors spent two days at the boys’ school in Barton

STAFF atMaidstone Grammar School are jubilant having received a sec- ond consecutive mark of ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted.

Road at the end of September, observing lessons and speaking to stu- dents, staff and governors in a bid to understand and judge the school’s culture and ethos and to establish howsuccessful itwas.

A total of 55 lessons were observed, with 95% being judged good or better and just under 50% being judged outstanding.

Headmaster Mark Tomkins said he was extremely proud of the final judgement and praised the school community for the way it pulled to- gether during the inspection.

Hesaid: “Itwasahumblingexperience listening to the inspection team

give feedback at the end of the two days”. Chair of governors Mrs Lindsey Evans said she was delighted that the

school had achieved a second consecutive outstanding judgement from Ofsted.

“Thiswas a testament to all the hardwork carried out by the students,

staff and governors at Maidstone Grammar School. The Ofsted judge- ment confirms that MGS continues to provide a first class education for all its students,” she said.

New toilets finally arrive at pre-school

A DREAM turned into reality for children at a local pre-school when they saw three years of fundrais- ing come to fruition. Wo odlands Under 5's Pre- School, based at Vinters Park Com- munity Centre, had been raising money to finance the refurbishment of thewash- room area. Thanks to a grant from KCC’s small community capital projects, sup- plemented by money from Cllr Ian Chit- tenden’s member grant, the group was able to go ahead with the work during the summer holidays, while the school

was closed. A coffee morning was held to cele- brate


achievement and Cllr Chit- tenden visited the pre-school as guest of ho- nour to 'offi- cially open'

the new washroom. Manager, Anne Taylor said: “Ourmotto

is 'Woodlands Under 5's - making a dif- ference to little lives'. The new wash- room has certainly made a great difference to the children’s lives. It has been a long time coming but well worth the wait.”

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