In 2018 it cost £7.5 million to keep Devon's two emergency helicopters flying, and because we are independent of Government and National lottery funding, that sum was met 100% by our incredible supporters who are the community we serve.

Are you interested in helping to support your local air ambulances? Choosing to do just one of these 10 things truly does make a real difference to our patients.

  1. Volunteer with us
  2. Join our box collecting team or request a collection box in your location
  3. Become a one-off event volunteer
  4. Remember us in your will
  5. Set up a Direct Debit
  6. Join our Charity Lottery
  7. Donate pre-loved items to our shops
  8. Set up a fundraising event
  9. Book a talk
  10. Get your workplace or business on board

1. Volunteer with us

We are very fortunate to have an incredible team of over 600 volunteers who generously lend their time, skills and energy to supporting Devon Air Ambulance in all sorts of roles. There are lots of benefits to becoming a volunteer with Devon Air Ambulance, and all sorts of voluntary roles in which you can support us. To be a volunteer you can contribute as little or as much time as you like to helping support your helicopters. Find out more about what's involved in becoming a Devon Air Ambulance volunteer.

2. Join our box collecting team or request a collection box in your location

Around 120 box collectors travel the length and breadth of the county to service hundreds of collection boxes that together bring in over £180,000 in loose change each year alone! Contact us to register your interest in becoming a volunteer box collector.

Businesses, shops, pubs, clubs and reception areas are just a few of the locations where you can find our collection boxes and we always welcome requests from new supporters willing to host one of our collection tins. Contact us to host a box in your premises.

3. Become a one-off event volunteer

There are hundreds of fundraising events led by our supporters taking place throughout the year and across the county in support of Devon Air Ambulance, but we also run several popular annual events ourselves. For these we welcome volunteers to help run our stalls, speak to the public, and look after our collection buckets. If you'd like to come along and support us at an event close to you or of interest to you then we'd love to hear from you.

4. Remember us in your will

Legacies are an important part of the charity's income and truly make a positive impact on the lives of others by helping to ensure an essential lifesaving service is available for generations to come.

Because this gift is a result of someone else's loss, a legacy is a very special donation. Find out more about leaving a gift for Devon Air Ambulance in your will.

5. Set up a Direct Debit

Making a regular gift by setting up a Direct Debit from your bank account securely and easily online can make a big difference. You can choose to donate with the regularity that suits you and whatever sum you wish. Find out more about the various different ways to donate. You can also make a one-off donation safely online should you wish to. 

6. Join our charity lottery

In 2018 Devon Air Ambulance charity lottery members raised an incredible £2 million for Devon's two emergency aircraft. Players can commit to the weekly draw for just £1 per week for a chance to win top prize of £1,350, one of two prizes of £350, or one of ten £50 runners up prizes. Around 75p in every pound raised goes towards the service, with the remainder going to prizes and running costs. Find out more about how to sign up to our lottery.

7. Donate pre-loved items to our shops

There are 19 Devon Air Ambulance charity shops located in communities across Devon. We always welcome donations to our shops from our local supporters. Find out more about the kind of donations we can and can't accept, or find the charity shop near you. If you don't have anything to donate at the moment, then perhaps you might find a bargain! It's always worth popping in for a browse and supporting your helicopters as customer.

8. Set up a fundraising event

There are hundreds of ways to raise funds for us and we're always impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm of our fundraisers. We're also keen to support your efforts, so tell us about your fundraising event idea and we'll be in touch to see how we can help you get it off the ground.

9. Book a talk

Our knowledgeable and experienced volunteer speakers travel all over Devon delivering talks to schools and community groups about the Devon Air Ambulance service. Would you like to inspire colleagues and peers to get on board with us? Book a talk - we'd love to hear from you.

10. Get your workplace or business on board

Corporate supporters help a great deal with our fundraising income, whether that is in becoming a sponsor for one of our high-profile fundraising events, bringing a team along to one of our fundraisers, or raising funds for us in-house. There are all sorts of creative ways to get your business on board. Here are a few case studies about some of the businesses who support us.

Other ways to support your air ambulances include simply talking about us. If you follow our Facebook, Twitter (links below) or Instagram pages, then sharing our content helps more people to find out about our work.

Are you a former patient? Sharing your story also helps us to talk about our critical care service to new supporters. Because of patient confidentiality we don't know who it is we airlift unless a patient chooses to contact us. If you would like to share your story with us, we can invite you to benefit from the support of our Patient Liaison Officer or come along on one of our airbase visits.