Devon Air Ambulance has been fortunate to have been East Devon Law's Charity of the Year for the past 4 years and the happy recipient of donations of over £2,500 donated by the firm and their clients.

Managing Partner at East Devon Law, Ian Hunt, is a long-term supporter of the charity, who regularly visits groups and other charities to deliver talks about the service and other legal issues, as well as donating his time and professional guidance in lieu of fees. 

His particular support of the charity comes in part as a result of his engagement with helping to train various Ten Tors teams over the last 10 years. He is enthusiastic about Dartmoor and a great supporter of such initiatives. Says Ian:

If you're in a really remote part of Dartmoor hiking with up to 80 kids it's a great comfort to know the air ambulance is never far away if a problem occurs. Furthermore, a lot of my clients have called upon Devon Air Ambulance in the past and are keen to remember the charity when considering their future planning.

Although currently paramedics are seconded to the charity, it's a common misconception that Devon Air Ambulance is part of the National Ambulance Service; in fact the charity is totally independent.

100% of the funding comes from the people of Devon, and given that so many people over the years have been touched by the service it is very much a charity by and for the people of Devon.

Ian is also a keen motor racing enthusiast and racing his historic Mini Cooper S only enhances his awareness of what a vital service Devon Air Ambulance is should an accident occur.

Every year the county attracts thousands of people to similar sports and outdoor activities, from horse riding to motor and watersports, so, like many, Ian feels supporting the local air ambulance is almost like having something of an insurance policy in place.  

As such, Ian has donated a great deal of his time contacting other law firms across Devon to invite them to join in and support the activity surrounding the forthcoming Wills Month, which begins during National Air Ambulance Week this September (the week beginning 10th September). 

During this month, participating solicitors are donating half of their standard will writing fees to Devon Air Ambulance. 

Writing a will is often at the back of people's minds, though flagged as an important thing to do, it seldom makes it to the top of the to do list,' says Ian. 'Wills Month is the perfect opportunity to get your Will written up with the professional support that's on-hand, while helping support a much-loved local charity at the same time.

Find out more about the scheme and where you can find your nearest participating solicitor. 

Picture above: Ian Hunt with Director of Fundraising and Communication, Caroline Creer, at a Devon Air Ambulance event.