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Why you should Volunteer in a Charity Shop!

Posted by on August 26th 2015 in General charity, Volunteering

Why you should Volunteer in a Charity Shop!

An email came around the office from our Exmouth Charity Shop, desperate for help in the shop.  Being an ‘office worker’, working at a shop is quite different – you’re on your feet all day, getting dusty and dirty (definitely not a good idea to wear a suit), you have to have your toes covered for health & safety reasons so no flip flops allowed, and you absolutely must wear flats.  I tried helping at a shop in heels once, never again…

So I told the shop Manager I would help and her response was “MEL!!!! That’s brill, thank you soooo...

Twiggy bolts and Addy falls

Posted by on August 26th 2015 in Operational, Patients

Twiggy bolts and Addy falls

“They were just tremendous, ” were the words of Adrienne Chichester from Mary Tavy when asked about the Devon Air Ambulance paramedics who looked after her when she was thrown from her horse in a remote part of Dartmoor just before Christmas last year.

“My friend and I were out riding at White Tor, near Peter Tavy,” explained Adrienne, known as Addy. 

“I have been riding for years and had owned Twiggy for two years.  She was a little frisky that day so my friend went on while I sorted Twiggy out.  A short while later Twiggy seemed much calmer...

Eversfield Organics pledge support

Posted by on August 26th 2015 in business on board, Charity of the year, Fundraising, Retail

Eversfield Organics pledge support

Eversfield Organic is a family run business that has been delivering the finest grass fed organic meat online to households throughout the UK for twelve years.

They have won awards and become a trusted name for the highest quality organic grass fed meat, a friendly service and excellent customer service.

Their key is high animal welfare, all their animals are treated in a caring and stress free way, and the organic grass fed beef is well hung for up to 28 days

This year they are supporting us! If you place an order of £50 and quote DAAT2015 you will get 10% off your order.

Eversfield are...

Kubota and Devon Air Ambulance Trust prepare for take off

Posted by on August 25th 2015 in business on board, Events, Fundraising, General charity

Kubota and Devon Air Ambulance Trust prepare for take off

A market leading machinery manufacturer has teamed up with Devon Air Ambulance Trust to launch ‘Working Safely, Saving Lives’ – a campaign that aims to raise £250,000 for UK air ambulance charities whilst also promoting the importance of health and safety in the workplace. 

Agriculture and construction are two of the most dangerous and hazardous industries in terms of fatal accidents and serious injuries.  For agricultural or construction workers who could have a life threatening accident, the critical service and speed the air ambulance provides can be their only hope of survival. 

Dave Roberts, Kubota UK’s Managing Director, said: “Devon Air Ambulance...

Andy is living life to the full

Posted by on August 17th 2015 in Operational, Patients

Andy is living life to the full

One Sunday lunchtime in June 2010, Andrew and his friend Tony were  out on their motorbikes, enjoying the spring sunshine. 

Just outside Torrington, on a long slow bend up the hill, Andy realised that he had a problem – his back tyre collapsed after hitting a bump and was deflating fast, leaving him with no control or steering.  As he and his bike slowed down, Andy saw a car coming towards him but, despite his best efforts, he was unable to avoid a head on collision. 

To Tony’s horror, he watched as his mate flew over the handle bars of his bike...

We've got Bronze Award in Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

Posted by on August 7th 2015 in General charity, General discussion

We've got Bronze Award in Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

We're delighted to have received a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

This is awarded to employers who wish to pledge their intention to support Defence and take a positive stance towards employing personnel who are or were members of the Armed Forces community.

All of our pilots are ex forces and we also have several support staff too.

If you would like to find out more click here.

 

 

Featured: Walking and Riding Safely on Dartmoor

Posted by on August 7th 2015 in General discussion

Featured: Walking and Riding Safely on Dartmoor

- By Jen How of Visit Dartmoor

For many people the thought of a holiday in the great outdoors, surrounded by stunning views and vast open spaces is something they look forward to all year, so a few simple safety measures whilst walking or riding on Dartmoor will mean that your trip is memorable for all the right reasons!

Please take good care to check the weather for Dartmoor National Park at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast, and if you are planning to be out on the North Moor, also check for military firing times https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dartmoor-firing-programme

Plan your route carefully, allowing plenty of daylight hours to complete it, and let someone know what...

Pilot Richie lands his dream job

Posted by on August 4th 2015 in General charity, Operational

Pilot Richie lands his dream job

Pilot Richie lands his dream job

Air ambulance role is a life time ambition

As a child, Richie Tate recalls seeing helicopters delivering hay to snowbound cattle near his South Molton home and resolving that one day he would be a helicopter pilot.

He achieved his ambition by learning to fly in a 23 year army career and has now landed his dream job as a pilot with the Devon Air Ambulance  flying the Charity’s EC135 Eurocopter out of Exeter International Airport.

The 43 year-old recounts how he always knew he would be a pilot and mapped out his career accordingly from a very...

Do You Enjoy Hunting Around for Bargains? Try Charity Shopping!

Posted by on July 23rd 2015 in Fundraising, General charity, Retail

We now have 15 shops across the county; Exeter (5), Barnstaple, Honiton, Exmouth, Honiton, Newton Abbot, Tiverton, Sidmouth, Kingsbridge, South Molton and Totnes. This includes three specialist shops; furniture and electrical (Exeter), vintage and variety (Topsham) and a pound shop (Exmouth).

Our shops truly are the place to find what you have always been looking for. We stock anything from clothes and jewellery to small electronics and furniture at bargain prices. Alternatively, you may be having a clear out, decluttering or have items that you would like to donate to us.  Buying and donating to our shops really does mean a...

Linden Homes raises a fore-tune

Posted by on July 23rd 2015 in business on board, Charity of the year, Events, Fundraising

Linden Homes raises a fore-tune

Written and provided by Linden Homes

Linden Homes’ third annual charity golf day has raised a staggering £20,733.90 for Devon Air Ambulance Trust, Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust and local Torbay campaign ‘Footsteps for Louie’.

Key stakeholders were invited to the event where they played golf at Torquay’s 18 hole golf course. There was also a hole in one competition to win a BMW, a putting competition, a raffle and an auction.

Nigel Palmer, managing director of Linden Homes, said: “Last year we were thrilled that our first golf day raised £18,000 and we really didn’t think we’d be able to beat that total...

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