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Six month stats released

Posted by on July 17th 2014 in Operational

Nigel Hare - Operations Director

?The statistics below relate to 1 January to 30 June 2014, as prepared by Nigel Hare, Operations Director for Devon Air Ambulance Trust

  • We have been deployed to 534 incidents and treated 431 patients
  • Trauma = 45%, Medical = 54%, Inter Hospital Transfers (IHT’s) 1%
  • The busiest hour of the day for us to be called out is between 2pm and 3pm
  • The busiest day of the week has been Sunday
  • 12% of patients were not accessible by road
  • 35% of patients have been female, 65% male
  • 12% of our patients were children under 18, 88% were adult
  • 24% of the patients we conveyed we did so bypassing...

Red Rock Mud Race Returns

Posted by on July 17th 2014 in Fundraising

Red Rock Mud Race Returns

The Annual Red Rock Mud Race is back for its 7th year on 10th August in aid of Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Splashing through the Teign at low tide, participants run around the notable red rock on the Bishopsteignton side of the river before returning to Combe Cellars beach in Combeinteignhead.

Veterans and accompanied children alike dash through the shallow waters across sand banks and around oyster beds. Participants then enter the muddy portion of the race before cleaning back up through clearer waters as they run back up the beach. A free drink awaits everyone at the finish. Spectators gather...

Freemasons make a donation

Posted by on July 15th 2014 in Fundraising

Freemasons make a donation

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has announced that it is granting £192,000 to air ambulance charities nationally, £4000 of which is being given to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT). Freemasons are regular supporters of the air ambulance charities and since 2007 have donated £1.5 million in total to the twenty two rescue services in England and Wales.

Air Ambulance charities rely on voluntary donations to operate, Support from grant-makers like The Freemasons’ Grand Charity means that doctors and paramedics reach patients in emergency situations as quickly as possible – saving lives in the process.

On making the donation R. W. Bro. Ian...

A Record Relay Run for Devon Air Ambulance Trust

Posted by on July 10th 2014 in Fundraising

A Record Relay Run for Devon Air Ambulance Trust

Simon Finch (pictured left), of HAC Hair and Beauty in Kingsbridge, recently completed the 409th stage of the Great British Relay, a World Record attempt for the longest continuous relay run from the 1st of June to the 2nd of July. This year, combined with other fundraising efforts, Simon has raised in excess of £600 for Devon Air Ambulance Trust. The relay smashed the current record of 5644km, with participants around the UK completing 6522km, now awaiting ratification from the Guinness Book of Records for official acknowledgment. Simon tackled the leg that set off from Bigbury on Sea to Thurlestone...

A World Record Achievement

Posted by on July 7th 2014 in Fundraising

A World Record Achievement

On the 21st of June, 281 skydivers took the jump through Skydive UK to set a new Guinness World Record for the most tandem parachute jumps at a single venue in 24 hours. A dozen of those participants leapt from great heights for Devon Air Ambulance Trust. The clear sunny weather was ideal, and the longest day of the calendar year set the stage for this shattering number of participants to achieve greatness.

From 5am through sunset, Dunkeswell Airfield was filled with people heading into the sky and coming back down, all with family and friends cheering them on. Linda Bulpin,...

From Devon to New York: A Runner's Story

Posted by on July 7th 2014 in business on board, Fundraising

From Devon to New York: A Runner's Story

Tracy Lambert (pictured on left) will be travelling all the way across the pond to New York, to run the TCS New York City Marathon in aid of Devon Air Ambulance Trust. She will be travelling to the Big Apple this autumn with her husband Neil and children Katy and James for her 50th birthday celebrations. This milestone won’t just be marked by sightseeing, but by participating in the famous marathon on the 2nd November.

Tracy isn’t just running for herself, but with the purest intentions of giving back to the local community. “I am looking forward to raising money for...

Devon Air Ambulance Trust Motorcycle Ride Out 2014

Posted by on June 27th 2014 in Events

Devon Air Ambulance Trust Motorcycle Ride Out 2014

Building on the tremendous success of last year; Devon Air Ambulance Trust’s annual Motorcycle Ride Out returns on Sunday 13th July.  1,019 Motorcycles took part in 2013, and 2014 promises to uphold the excitement of this popular event.

Starting at Heathcoat Cricket Club in Tiverton, riders will head out on a 76 mile route across Devon’s picturesque countryside. When they arrive at The Den in Teignmouth, motorcyclists will be greeted by a host of post-ride activities. These include trade stands, live music from ‘Wired’ and ‘Thick as Thieves’, and of course a variety of...

Pecorama Open Garden Day

Posted by on June 25th 2014 in Fundraising

Pecorama Open Garden Day

Pecorama is holding their annual Open Garden Day on 6th July in aid of Devon Air Ambulance Trust. This year entry to the gardens, model railway exhibition, and both indoor and outdoor play areas is free. Unlike other open garden events, Pecorama offers more than a relaxing stroll through their magnificent flora.

Attendees can expect various competitions, the opportunity to have a go at driving one of Peco’s locomotives along a short stretch of track for just a fiver in aid of DAAT, family entertainment with A Wizard Called Ozz, and of course appearances from Devon Air Ambulance Trust’s very own...

3k ocean sea swim anyone? Oh ok then!

Posted by on June 23rd 2014 in Fundraising

One throw away comment one day and 10 minutes later I’m signed up for a 3k ocean swim in Paignton on September 7th! All I did was suggest that a 1.5k swim would be a “piece of cake”, a statement that I stand by, however it somehow got twisted into me supposedly agreeing to go ahead with a swim twice the length (I did no such thing). Within minutes I received an email saying “thank you for your entry”, as someone else had been nice enough to sign me up for it. This was quickly followed by a long list...

Why do we go to broken ankles?

Posted by on June 18th 2014 in Operational

If you look at an average day on our incident report (not that there is such a thing as an average day really!) you will see on occasion we respond to patients who we list as sustaining a ‘broken ankle’. As a charity funded service we’re often asked “why do you go to just a broken ankle? Surely that’s just a waste of resources?”

Although we cannot comment on individual cases, with Harrison Ford recently making the headlines after being airlifted from Pinewood Studios by the Thames Valley Air Ambulance with a reported ‘broken ankle’, we thought this would be an...

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