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Featured: Motorcycle Safety Advice, Advanced Riding

Posted by on June 29th 2015 in General discussion

by Colin Opie, Chief Observer, Devon Advanced Motorcyclists (DAM)

IAM National Observer, Insititute of Advanced Motorists


Advanced Riding as a title is often open to misinterpretation. What makes the difference between an Advanced rider and a “standard” one, for example a rider that has just passed their Part-II DSA test and is now legally entitled to ride without “L” plates? Is it pure speed? Is it machine control under on-road and off-road conditions? Is it being able to “get your knee down” around bends? Believe it or not, it is none of these things.

The IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) and RoSPA (Royal Society...

The Ultimate Charity Motorcycle Ride Out

Posted by on June 26th 2015 in Events

The Ultimate Charity Motorcycle Ride Out

The second Sunday of July every year is when Devon Air Ambulance Trust’s (DAAT) Motorcycle Ride Out takes to the beautiful roads of Devon. 

The 2015 ride out starts at Trago Mills in Stover, Newton Abbot to The Den in Teignmouth, taking you through 83 miles of beautiful Devon countryside.  At The Den there is live music, refreshments and trade stands – everyone is welcome to come along and join in the party atmosphere.

This event wouldn’t be possible however without a fantastic headline sponsor which this year is the Motorcycle Warehouse Limited of Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot. We are delighted to be working...

Totnes Rotary's Longbow Canoe Festival is Back for its 5th Year

Posted by on June 22nd 2015 in Charity of the year

Totnes Rotary's Longbow Canoe Festival is Back for its 5th Year

The Rotary Club of Totnes are hosting their 5th annual Longboat Canoe Festival on Sunday 12th July at Longmarsh. Partnered with Canoe Adventures and DartTotnes ARC, the Rotary are proud to offer this fantastic family event for another exciting year.

240 sponsored paddlers will take to the River Dart, as crews of 10 contest  heats for a coveted place in the final races. Crowds line the banks in enthusiastic support, surrounded by side-shows, refreshment stalls and entertainment. Sumo Wrestling, Hat McKool magic, Rowlands Cup ‘n Saucer Rides, Inflatafun Bouncy Castle, and Professor HARGRAVE Punch ‘n Judy  are all part...

Featured: A Guide to Sea Swim Training

Posted by on June 19th 2015 in Events

- by Pauline Barker, Founder of Devon & Cornwall Wild Swimming

The one mile swim was my first sea swimming event back in 2010. It was (and continues to be) a fantastic event and really got me hooked. Shortly after I founded Devon and Cornwall Wild Swimming with the intention of finding other like-minded swimmers, and the group is now more than 3000 strong.

I have also pushed my own swimming boundaries and have gone on to swim The English Channel 3 times as part of relay teams as well as completing a solo 21 mile 2 way swim of Lake Windermere...

Featured: Dragon Boat Racing is a Must-Do Team Challenge

Posted by on June 8th 2015 in Events

Featured: Dragon Boat Racing is a Must-Do Team Challenge

- by Shaun Durham, Crisp Professional Development

We were made aware of the Dragon Boat event through our association with Devon Air Ambulance as Crisp Professional Development’s Charity of the Year. With a plethora of events, and plenty of worthy charities to support, making the choice to commit to an event needs careful consideration. In the case of the Dragon Boat event the decision was an easy one as it ticked a number of boxes, namely: it was based in Exeter with other local businesses, costs of participation were realistic, it required physical exercise and involved the whole team. The last point was crucial,...

Its National Volunteers Week Next Week

Posted by on May 28th 2015 in Fundraising, General charity, General discussion, Volunteering

Its National Volunteers Week Next Week

The Devon Air Ambulance Trust are planning many exciting events to celebrate Volunteers’ Week this year.

Volunteer Coordinator Rosey Oakes said “We have hundreds of volunteers beavering away across the county and they play a crucial role in keeping our two helicopters flying.  National Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity to say thank you to them – so we’re having tea parties, special window displays and a special  invitation-only visit to our Airbase to meet the crew!

We are always looking for new volunteers and currently need people to help in various roles across Devon.  Every volunteer is invaluable to us, so if...

10 Steps To Planning A Successful Fundraising Event

Posted by on May 26th 2015 in Fundraising

Here at Devon Air Ambulance we have a wealth of experience to make your fundraising event a success so please contact us for advice – we’re more than happy to help!

  1. Plan your activity - The key to a successful fundraising event is to know what you want to achieve.

  2. Timing  - Give yourself lots of time to organise your event. The longer the better as it will ensure you get everything right.
  3. Organise  - Write yourself a plan.  A what, where, when, who you will need to help make it successful will help you greatly in ensuring your event runs smoothly.
  4. Set targets – Set...

Air Ambulance praises Trago Mills

Posted by on May 26th 2015 in business on board, Events, Fundraising, General charity

Air Ambulance praises Trago Mills

Organisers of the 10th Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) Motorcycle Ride Out are praising the support given to the event by Trago Mills at Newton Abbot who are providing free use of their land for the 1000 or so entrants for the annual fundraiser.

The Ride Out will start on 12 July at Trago Mills will take a meandering 83 mile course across some beautiful Devon countryside before finishing at the Den in Teignmouth for an afternoon of live music, trade shows and hundreds of bikes to admire.

Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said: “There are not too...

Grand Summer Draw aims to top £500,000

Posted by on May 19th 2015 in business on board, Charity of the year, Events, Fundraising, General charity

Grand Summer Draw aims to top £500,000

Devon Air Ambulance Trust’s Grand Summer Draw tickets are now on sale, with a first prize of a Mazda2 75PS SE and two further cash prizes of £500 and £100 respectively.

Now in its eighth year the Charity are delighted to be continuing their partnership with Peter Vosper and Devon based Vospers Mazda, who are great supporters.

Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said “We would like to thank Peter Vosper and Vospers Mazda for their continued support of the Charity.  Providing the car at a substantially reduced rate to us really does make a huge difference and means...

Could you take on the dragons?

Posted by on May 19th 2015 in business on board, Events, Fundraising, General charity

Could you take on the dragons?

Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) is set to hold its second Dragon Boat Festival on the River Exe on Sunday 27 September.  After such a fantastic maiden voyage last year, it has now truly earned a place in the Charity’s annual calendar.

DAAT Fundraising Director Caroline Creer said: “Our first Dragon Boat Festival last year was a great success and we know many of last year’s teams are looking forward to taking on the dragon again! A few of the teams from last year are already challenging each other to do better!”

She added “We are hoping to attract even more teams...

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