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Clovelly to be bombed in beautiful yarn in support of Devon Air Ambulance

Posted by on April 28th 2016 in Events, Fundraising

Clovelly to be bombed in beautiful yarn in support of Devon Air Ambulance

The crafters of Clovelly are busy preparing the village for this July’s Yarn Bomb and all funds raised will be donated to Devon Air Ambulance.

Following the success of last years Clovelly Yarn Bomb, which raised funds for the RNLI, the event organisers, the Clovelly Community Gardening Group, decided to host another Yarn Bomb for 2016 and chose Devon Air Ambulance as the beneficiary.

The theme for this years Yarn Bomb is Summer by the Sea, which was suggested by 6-year-old Jacob of Clovelly, and crafters have been busy producing a whole array of crochet, knitting and weaving to fit the theme...

Training Tips for Sea Swimmers

Posted by on April 27th 2016 in Events

Training Tips for Sea Swimmers

If you’ve signed up for the DAAT One Mile Sea Swim, you might already be feeling a

bit out of your depth! Even if you’re an experienced swimmer, it’s important to bear in

mind that the sea is a very different beast to your local swimming pool. If you missed

last year's Guide to Sea Swim Training, then here are some more training tips for

sea swimmers…


Warm Up!

Although you’re swimming, that doesn’t mean that you can’t warm up on dry land!

Warming up will improve your circulation, allowing you to get the most out of your

muscles as soon as you get in the water. Some...

The full English breakfast

Posted by on April 27th 2016 in Events

The full English breakfast

“To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day”  W. Somerset Maugham

Let me introduce you to the healthiest breakfast of all: The Full English Breakfast. Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. Indeed you won’t be disappointed with a typical British breakfast. It is the most popular meal in England and other English speaking countries. If you are dieting, well don’t abuse it because this breakfast has approximately 1190 calories…Ouch.

What can you found in a typical “fry-up” (it might be called that way because almost every ingredient is fried)? A recent...

Shakespeare's Death: The 400 Year Anniversary

Posted by on April 21st 2016 in Fundraising, General charity

Charity Shops

In April 1616, at the age of 52, William Shakespeare died. While the exact date is not completely certain, it is often recorded traditionally as April 23rd, the date which now marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

To mark the occasion, why not visit one of Devon Air Ambulance’s charity shops and see if you can unearth a Shakespearean classic? Alternatively, if you’ve got an old book (or even a DVD) lying around, you can always pass on some words of wisdom by donating it to your local shop. Shakespeare might be dead, but his words live on!

Shakespeare’s life and...

Bridgerule's 10th Anniversary Open Gardens will raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance

Posted by on April 19th 2016 in Events, Fundraising

Bridgerule's 10th Anniversary Open Gardens will raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance

Horticulturist writer and broadcaster for Gardeners World and Gardeners Question Time, Anne Swithinbank, will open the 10th anniversary of Open Gardens at Bridgerule this June, with proceeds from the day to be equally split between Devon Air Ambulance and Cornwall Air Ambulance Trusts.

Anne will open the gardens, along with her husband John, on Sunday 19th June at the Bridge Mill at 11am, before touring the gardens to meet the gardeners and talk with the visitors. Ten gardens will be open to the public from 11am to 5pm, with an entry fee of just £4 for all ten gardens.

Marks and Spencer of Derriford Hospital raise over £700 for Devon Air Ambulance

Posted by on April 18th 2016 in Charity of the year, Fundraising

Marks and Spencer of Derriford Hospital raise over £700 for Devon Air Ambulance

This month Marks and Spencer Simply Food at Derriford Hospital celebrate their first year of business during which time they have raised over £700 for Devon Air Ambulance.

Devon Air Ambulance was chosen as their Charity of the Year at time of opening and as such have had collection boxes present in the shop to encourage donations from staff and customers.

The positioning of Marks and Spencer Simply Food within the foyer of Derriford Hospital made Devon Air Ambulance a fitting choice for their Charity of the Year. Devon Air Ambulance airlift patients from all over...

Devon Air Ambulance wishes their supporters in the London Marathon the best of luck

Posted by on April 14th 2016 in Events, Fundraising

Devon Air Ambulance wishes their supporters in the London Marathon the best of luck

Devon Air Ambulance are extremely proud to have six supporters participating in this years London Marathon on Sunday 24th April, raising vital funds to keep Devon’s two air ambulances flying.

The London Marathon, now in its 35th year, is a major event in the sporting calendar and one of the most prolific fundraising events in the world, with more than three quarters of participants now fundraising to support their chosen charity.

The six participants supporting Devon Air Ambulance are from not only the county but from further afield as well. This support from all over the country demonstrates the importance...

Enjoy a cream tea at Owlacombe Farm’s open garden this spring

Posted by on April 13th 2016 in Events, Fundraising

Enjoy a cream tea at Owlacombe Farm’s open garden this spring

Owlacombe Farm, near Winkleigh, once again open their beautiful 4 acre garden to the public on Sunday 15th May 2016, giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy the wonder of nature’s beauty in this tranquil setting in support of Devon Air Ambulance.

The gorgeous garden boasts over 400 bright and blooming rhododendrons and azaleas, luscious lawns, fruitful flowerbeds, shrubs, ponds and even a bluebell wood. The garden is also home to a variety of birds including woodpeckers, blue tits, chaffinch, wagtails, nut hatch and robins and if you’re really lucky you may even spot a kingfisher fly up to the woods from the ponds,...

New look for Devon Air Ambulance Lottery as membership soars to over 35,000

Posted by on March 9th 2016 in Fundraising, General charity, Lottery

DAA Lottery reaches 35000

Fundraisers at Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) are celebrating after its in-house Lottery membership soared past the 35,000 membership mark on last Friday.

The DAA Lottery was launched in 2001 and in 2015 it contributed sales over £1.6 million to the charity which is funded solely by donations from the general public and local businesses. To date it has contributed in excess of £12 million to the cause clearly demonstrating its significance to DAA’s fundraising target of £5.5 million every year.

DAA Fundraising Director Caroline Creer said: “Our Lottery is run in-house at DAA’s headquarters and supported by a group of dedicated canvassers...

National Employee Appreciation Day

Posted by on March 4th 2016 in General charity

Helena Holt CEO of Devon Air Ambulance

It's National Appreciation Day!

As CEO of Devon Air Ambulance Trust I’d like to think that myself and my Senior Leadership Team appreciate our fantastic staff each and every day. 

However as it’s National Employee Appreciation Day today it’s a great opportunity to say a huge public ‘thank you’ to our amazing team. 

The high profile side of our work is what many people see and relate to us of course. However our service simply wouldn’t operate without the whole team; from finance, engineering, operational, pr and marketing, pilots and paramedics to lottery, fundraising and retail.  

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