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New Finance Director at Devon Air Ambulance

Posted by on December 19th 2014 in business on board, General charity

New Finance Director at Devon Air Ambulance

Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) has appointed Chartered Accountant Dave Hawes as its new Finance Director, replacing Steve Tupper who is retiring after 12 years in the role.

Thirty-three year old Dave has previously worked in Sydney for top 10 accountancy practice BDO after qualifying in London with H W Fisher and for the past 5 years has been working in Exeter for Capita Asset Services.

Heléna Holt, DAAT Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to welcome Dave to the Charity. He brings a wealth of experience with him having worked at a high level in several distinguished firms.

“Steve will be a...

Our Lottery goes from strength to strength

Posted by on December 18th 2014 in Fundraising, General charity, Lottery

Our Lottery goes from strength to strength

It’s been quite a year for Devon Air Ambulance Trust’s in house Lottery, who have celebrated 30,000 playing members.

The charity funded service started its own in house lottery in September 2001 and since then it has gone from strength to strength.

The amount raised by DAAT Lottery members effectively this year will pay for 330 life-saving missions.  A huge achievement.

In 2013 sales of the Lottery equated to £1.35 million with over £900,000 donated back to the Trust (272 missions) after the deduction of the prize fund and minimal administration charges.

Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said “Our first...

Businesses on Board 2014

Posted by on December 12th 2014 in business on board

Businesses on Board 2014

What an amazing year it's been with our fantastic business on board supporters.  Here's a round up in photos.
 

Devon Air Ambulance Trust to benefit from Chancellor's Autumn statement

Posted by on December 4th 2014 in General charity

Devon Air Ambulance Trust to benefit from Chancellor's Autumn statement

Devon Air Ambulance Trust were pleased to hear that the Chancellor  George Osborne today announced as part of his Autumn Statement that charities who work as part of the Emergency Response Services would receive VAT relief.  At the same time he also announced there would be a further £7.5 million pot of money in support of Air Ambulance charities across the UK.

Heléna Holt, Chief Executive of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said “We were delighted to hear the news which will really make a difference to all Air Ambulance charities in the UK.  It means that every penny donated by our...

Charity shop in Heavitree reopening after refurbishment

Posted by on December 2nd 2014 in Fundraising, Retail, Volunteering

Charity shop in Heavitree reopening after refurbishment

Devon Air Ambulance Trust is delighted to be reopening their Heavitree, Exeter charity shop on Saturday 6 December at 10am.

Martin Bell, Retail Director of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said “We are often asked why we spend money on refurbishing our shops.  There are many reasons for this.  In the case of our Heavitree shop we are at the end of the current lease so we are obliged to ensure that the premises are fit for purpose. We plan to continue trading from these premises for many years to come. Therefore at the same time replacing the lighting and heating to...

A Bumper Festive Ruby Country Market

Posted by on November 20th 2014 in Fundraising

The traditional style Ruby Country Market offers the best of the West Country. Averaging 200 stalls, it brings together artisans, traders, and growers giving attendees a chance to browse the community’s premium wares from a vast range of local businesses, talent and charities. This is the third Festive Market to be held and as the plans come together, it is promising to be rather special.

 

The Ruby Country Market was established in 2012 to provide an enticing venue where the local economy could blossom.  A day at the market isn’t just a unique shopping opportunity, but attractions are also a staple...

Apprentice Jennifer joins the Charity

Posted by on November 5th 2014 in General charity

Apprentice Jennifer joins the Charity

Jennifer McMahon (Jen), 28 and mum of one from Paignton, has always worked in administration but was looking for something where she could make a difference whilst learning new things and challenging herself.

Spotting that Devon Air Ambulance Trust was looking for an apprentice receptionist Jen thought that it could be just the role that she was looking for.

Jen said “You spend so much time at work that it’s essential to do something that you enjoy.   I believe the work Devon Air Ambulance does is invaluable. The chance to be a part of the team was very appealing. Being a small...

Totnes shop needs stock for opening

Posted by on November 5th 2014 in Fundraising, General charity, Retail

Totnes shop needs stock for opening

The new Devon Air Ambulance charity shop is getting ready to open on Saturday 15 November but now needs additional stock.  Can you help?

Manager Kirsty Whitaker says “We’re delighted with the shop and it’s great to see it coming together.  However we are now in need of additional stock to make sure the shelves are full in readiness for our opening in two weeks.”

She added “We’re at the shop now from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday until the opening. If you do have items you would like to donate, we’d love to see you.”

Kirsty, and Assistant Manager Sam Reader...

Charity shocked by break in

Posted by on October 29th 2014 in General charity, Retail, Volunteering

Charity shocked by break in

Devon Air Ambulance Charity seeks new donations for burgled shop

Staff at Devon Air Ambulance Trust were left distressed and angry after the charity’s retail shop in Cowick Street, Exeter, was burgled on Monday evening.

Thieves got away with a collection box having caused significant damage to the premises including smashing the shop window.

Martin Bell, Retail Director of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said “I was extremely distressed and angry to receive a telephone call to advise me that our shop in Cowick Street, St Thomas, Exeter was broken into over-night on Monday 27 October.

“Although all that was taken was our collection box,...

Commodore's Charity Evening

Posted by on October 29th 2014 in Fundraising

Commodore's Charity Evening

Totnes Boating Association held their annual Commodore’s Charity Night on 19th September in aid of their chosen charity of the year, Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT). The evening took place in the clubhouse on Steamer Quay Road in Totnes, and was a lively occasion with a charity auction as the main event.

Gifts and pledges from the club’s members were auctioned by club member and DAAT paramedic Adrian Parker. Attendees cited Adrian’s enthusiasm in his auctioneer role as the motivation to bid and maximise funds raised. In total, £1620 were raised which was a record for the event.

Commodore Michael...

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