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Burts Chips raises over £4K for Devon Air Ambulance

Posted by on February 23rd 2017 in Charity of the year, Fundraising

Burts Chips raises over £4K for Devon Air Ambulance

Plymouth-based artisan crisp producer, Burts Potato Chips, is delighted to announce its fundraising total for 2015 - 2016 for Devon Air Ambulance of £4,175.28.

Burts multi-faceted fundraising efforts include participating in various local events, from the Great West Run and the Plymouth Half Marathon to the Cornish Santa Fun Run, as well as ongoing raffles, donations and spare change savings from the 120-strong team at Burts HQ – not to mention ongoing deliveries of the company’s legendary hand-cooked crisps to keep the ambulance crew well-fueled. It doesn’t end there, as 2017 will see Burts continue to support...

Ten Years On

Posted by on February 17th 2017 in General charity, Operational, Patients

Dave meets DAA team

For Dave Farr, of West Charleton near Kingsbridge, 15th February always brings back memories.  And this year it will be 10 years since Dave suffered a life-changing accident.

Dave was working for a steel erecting company at the time and he and his colleagues were moving some steel shuttering at a farm near Whimple when things went horrifically wrong. A sheet of the shuttering destabilised and fell, almost ‘cutting Dave in half’. The loss of blood was immediate and, as Dave collapsed, his colleagues called for immediate help.

The farmer had also witnessed the emergency and stressed to the 999 call-taker the...

Beware of door to door collectors

Posted by on February 16th 2017 in Fundraising, General charity, General discussion

Beware of door to door collectors

Over the past couple of days we've had phone calls from supporters in Exmouth and Honiton who have had a man knock on their door purporting to be from their 'local air ambulance'. 

Devon Air Ambulance doesn't authorise anyone (including our lottery canvassers) to go door to door on behalf of the Charity.

We would ask anyone who is approached to firstly not part with any personal or financial information.

Secondly please could you report it to the Police by either completing the online form or ringing 101.

Please quote Police Crime Reference: IN/024502/17 so that all reportings can be filed together.

Flying feathers raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance

Posted by on February 15th 2017 in Events, Fundraising

Flying feathers raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance

Exeter Racecourse’s annual Clydesdale race, traditionally held every year on Devon Day, has raised nearly £5000 for Devon Air Ambulance.

The feathers were flying as Dartmoor’s famous racing Clydesdales came thundering down the home straight ridden by professional jockeys last November.

Noel Fehily, Aiden Coleman, James Best, Daryl Jacob, Tom Bellamy and Sean Bowen were on board the gentle giants with the eventual winner Midge.

“It’s a great cause, a good bit of fun and it’s great for the people that brought their horses here – well done to them. I’m delighted that such a...

Love Your Air Ambulance

Posted by on February 14th 2017 in Fundraising, General charity

Love Your Air Ambulance

It can be easy to be cynical about Valentine’s Day, as we’re bombarded on television and in shops with crass, commercial gifts. However, if we treat it as a reminder for us to cherish the important people in our lives – partners, children and friends – then it’s a great opportunity to give thanks to the partnerships that matter most in our lives.

 

The Parkhouse Family

In 2011, the Parkhouse family had one of the most terrifying experiences of their lives, when Matthew had to be air lifted to Bristol hospital by Devon Air Ambulance.

Matthew’s Dad said, “We’ll never forget that day”....

The infamous Ilfracombe Rotary Club's StarTrek Charity Night Walk is returns in March 2017!

Posted by on February 13th 2017 in Events, Fundraising

The infamous Ilfracombe Rotary Club's StarTrek Charity Night Walk is returns in March 2017!

The infamous Ilfracombe Rotary Club’s StarTrek Charity Night Walk returns on the weekend of March 4 and 5 and this year the local charities supported will be Children’s Hospice South West, North Devon Hospice and Devon Air Ambulance.

This exhilarating event involves teams of 4-6 people finding their way overnight around a secret route in the heart of Exmoor. Paul Williams from Ilfracombe Rotary said: ‘We can’t believe that 2017 will be the 25th year of this very worthwhile challenge. Over the years we have raised in excess of £800,000 for local charities and we’re delighted to...

Volunteering boosts Bob's self confidence

Posted by on February 10th 2017 in General charity, Retail, Volunteering

Volunteering boosts Bob's self confidence

After suffering an industrial injury in 1999 that left him with a severe back problem, life for Bob looked pretty bleak.

Bob Wood was living in Manchester at the time and had just completed a five-year apprenticeship as an engineer. But the accident caused tendon, nerve and ligament damage, along with three popped discs in his spine, leaving Bob unable to continue in his job and out of work for eight long years.

In 2002, Bob was registered as disabled and later that year, during a respite break in Devon, Bob decided to relocate.  In 2003 he and his family moved to...

Tom Backhouse walks wild for Devon Air Ambulance

Posted by on February 8th 2017 in Fundraising, General discussion, Patients

Tom Backhouse walks wild for Devon Air Ambulance

Throughout 2017 our supporter Tom Backhouse will be walking the length of the 15 UK National Parks to raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance. Tom was inspired to fundraise for Devon Air Ambulance after his sister Kate was airlifted in 2016.

In Tom's own words:

The past 12 months has been one of changing perspectives. Difficult times personally and professionally culminated in learning things about myself and what makes me feel fulfilled and successful. Growing up, if you were to ask me what the benefits of owning your business were, I would of very likely replied 'power and money', however,...

Helpful Holidays raise over £10,000 for Devon Air Ambulance from a year of fundraising

Posted by on February 6th 2017 in business on board, Charity of the year, Fundraising

Helpful Holidays raise over £10,000 for Devon Air Ambulance from a year of fundraising

The award-winning West Country cottage specialists, Helpful Holidays, raised an incredible £10,581.28 throughout 2016 for Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) as their chosen Charity of the Year.

Over £8,500 of the funds were raised by Helpful Holidays customers, prompted by Helpful Holidays as an optional donation, when making their holiday booking.

In addition, Helpful Holidays raised further funds through a charity Cricket Match held at Chagford Cricket Club in the summer of 2016, in which DAA employees Dave Hawes and Afnan Tellesy competed against the Helpful Holiday team.

Helpful Holidays support DAA as one of three...

Helicopter targeted by laser

Posted by on January 24th 2017 in Operational

Captain Rob Mackie

At 2150 on the evening of 20th January in the Tedburn St Mary area one of Devon’s Air Ambulances was targeted by a green coloured laser. The crew were on their way to Holsworthy to help an elderly lady who had fallen and needed essential medical treatment at the major trauma centre in Plymouth.

The increasing sales of powerful hand held laser pens have always been considered to be a viable threat to all aircraft but this is the first significant incident involving Devon Air Ambulance, which has occurred only a few weeks after the introduction of night operations.

Rob Mackie, DAA’s...



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