Posted by Sarah Burden on September 25th 2015 in General charity, Operational
The helicopter pilot who has the longest service record and the most mission flights with a single Air Ambulance charity is to use his vast accumulation of knowledge and experience to become the Safety Manager at Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT).
Captain Rob Mackie has flown with DAAT for 23 years recording an amazing 7890 missions during his service but, as he approached his 60th birthday, regulations demand he gives up single pilot flying.
Heléna Holt, CEO of DAAT added “Thankfully we will not be saying goodbye to Rob. When we were awarded our own Air Operating Certificate (AOC) last year, Rob...
Posted by Sarah Burden on September 25th 2015 in business on board, Fundraising, General charity, Retail
The success of the specialist Furniture & Electrical store opened in Exeter by Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) is attributable in no small part to local businesses who are providing quality stock for onward sale to the general public and helping to spread the word.
Furniture Direct, student accommodation providers Victoria Hall at Printworks and Bishops Move have all supported the charity by donating items of furniture, end of line stock and other general donations, while Bensons Beds, Furniture Village, Harveys and Oak Furniture Land are all passing DAAT leaflets to their customers who can donate the furniture or white goods...
Posted by Eve Dibartolo on September 25th 2015 in Events, Fundraising
Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) is once again delighted to be part of Exeter’s Great West Run. Following on from last year as the local Charity Partner, DAAT is proud to be the 2015 Schools’ Challenge Charity Partner. Over 1320 pupils and their teachers will be running their final mile on 18th October, shortly after runners set off from the centre of Exeter. Participating schools achieve their first 12.1 miles of their half marathons prior to the day over the course of the term. This is paired with fundraising for DAAT.
Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director at Devon Air Ambulance...
Posted by Eve Dibartolo on September 24th 2015 in Fundraising
Simon Foxley and friends are taking on an incredible challenge in aid of DAAT next month. He wanted to share his story in his own words:
"Only 30 days until Steve Cotton, Clive Bennett & Simon Foxley attempt the 103 mile Two Moors Way footpath - the oldest regional footpath in Devon - starting at Ivybridge, running across Dartmoor and mid-Devon and, crossing some of the wildest parts of Exmoor, finishing the journey at Lynmouth. Steve is registered blind; all are registered bonkers!
They are completing this walk as 'The Extraordinary Pilgrimage of the Yarde Downers'. A pilgrimage to raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance...
Posted by Sarah Burden on September 21st 2015 in Fundraising, General charity, General discussion
Our Supporter Promise to you:
- We do not share or sell any of our supporters’ data
- We treat our supporters as we would wish to be treated
- The only mail we send out is our Helipad magazine three times a
year to keep our supporters up to date with our activities and
- The only door to door or ‘at the shops’ sellers we authorise
are for our in house lottery
- We do not employ third party companies to ring our supporters asking for more or to cold call
Posted by Sarah Burden on September 21st 2015 in Events, Fundraising, General charity
Did you know that this week is National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW)?
Devon Air Ambulance Trust is a member of the Association of Air Ambulances. NAAW is an initiative created by the Association and its members which celebrates the work of local Air Ambulances, giving them a national voice and an opportunity to promote the work they do at a national level.
Did you know that:
- Together, the UK’s air ambulance charities generate £96.7 million a year
- operate 37 helicopters
- have a volunteer network of over 2,500 people
- one of the most exciting and innovative groups of organisations in the UK.
With many investing funds to expand...
Posted by Sarah Burden on September 21st 2015 in Events, Fundraising, General charity, General discussion
Good governance and transparency are the cornerstones of running a charity which relies on public donations according to Heléna Holt, Chief Executive of Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT).
Her comments come on the back of the latest revelations about some charities selling on their supporters’ personal data to other fund-raising organisations as well as some more predatory businesses.
She said: “The people of Devon fund Devon’s two emergency helicopters and have the right to know how we raise that money and we have very strict policies on how we go about this.
“It is important for DAAT and other charitable organisations that are...
Posted by Sarah Burden on September 10th 2015 in Events, Fundraising, General charity
A school reunion held at Dartmouth Golf & Country Club in March has resulted in a cheque for £750 for Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT).
Over 70 former students at Kingsbridge Community College chose the year when they each pass the 50 year old mark to reunite and catch up on old memories.
Amongst the class of 1981 was Heléna Holt who grew up in Kingsbridge and is now Chief Executive of DAAT. She said: “It was a wonderful occasion to catch up with so many old friends and it was made special for me because they decided to use the evening...
Posted by Tracy Owen on September 10th 2015 in Charity of the year, Events, Fundraising, General charity, Volunteering
A Nightmare at Arlington - supporting Devon Air Ambulance Trust
At sun set on the 24th of October the North Devon Road Runners will be hosting what we believe to be the country’s first ever Halloween themed head torch run which will take place around the grounds of the 200 year old National Trust property Arlington Court which is about 8 miles north of Barnstaple in North Devon. We will be offering two distances; the shorter fun route is The 5k Of Fear and the longer scary route for the braver runners is The 10K of Terror. Both routes will have...
Posted by Sarah Burden on September 10th 2015 in Fundraising, General charity
Wills are not trendy, fun or exciting, they are the poor relation of the legal world and are shrouded by mystery and myth. The net result of which is that over 70% of the UK population do not have one and as a consequence are leaving their affairs to chance. With that in mind I thought I would address some of these and try and put the record straight as well as explaining how mentioning Devon Air Ambulance Trust in your Will can make a huge difference to the charities work….But first those myths:
“If I die my spouse will get...
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