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Volunteering doesn't have to be a solo activity

Posted by on February 23rd 2018 in General charity, Volunteering

Carol and Terry are a great couple who volunteer in our Plymouth shop

Not all our student volunteers are in their teens, we wanted to speak to chat to Carol and Terry who are a fanastic couple who donate a lot of their time to the charity wihle studying too.

How did you hear about Devon Air Ambulance?

Terry noticed the shop and Googled the Devon Air Ambulance to find out more about the charity.

What made you volunteer for the charity?

We had both already been shop volunteers for another charity, but we wanted more varied roles, so we decided to try the Devon Air Ambulance shop as it was new and the people we spoke with were really friendly. 


Our Student Volunteering Week team share their experiences

Posted by on February 22nd 2018 in General charity, Volunteering

Two of our fab volunteers pose in one of our shops

It's day 4 of this year's Student Volunteering  Week, and we're taking 5 minutes out of Ashley Birch's busy day to ask him a few questions about how he's getting on.

How did you hear about DAAT?

I was once a Devon Air Ambulance patient myself when I needed to be transferred between hospitals for treatment myself.

What inspired you to volunteer for the charity?

I love the Charity and the lifesaving work that it does. I wanted to give something back having had first-hand experience with the charity myself.

What were you studying at the time of volunteering for DAAT?

I was studying Entry Level Maths...

Student volunteer James chats to Cara Jones, our Volunteers Coordinator, about his experience at the charity

Posted by on February 21st 2018 in General charity, Volunteering

Two of our incredible volunteers being silly in our Totnes charity shop

James is a Plymouth University student who has kindly commited some of his free time to supporting the charity. He shares his experiences with us this Student Volunteering Week in a 2-minute chat. 

How did you hear about DAAT?

I read about Devon Air Ambulance in the Plymouth University Volunteering Newsletter, which is full of great opportunities for young people and those who are studying.

What inspired you to volunteer for Devon Air Ambulance?

I've always wanted to become a little more charitable and to build my confident as I approach my 20s, and volunteering is a great way to achieve these aims. 


Otter Garden Centres fundraiser grows large!

Posted by on February 20th 2018 in Charity of the year, Fundraising, General charity

Otter Garden Centres fundraiser grows large!
Fundraising soars for Devon Air Ambulance

Otter Garden Centres in Ottery St Mary has announced the total raised for its charity of the year 2017, Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

The East Devon branch of the family-run garden centre ran various fundraising activities across the year to achieve an impressive total of over £7,500.

£700 came from donations to the annual Memory Tree, where customers buy a red or gold ribbon to attach to a Christmas tree in memory of loved ones. £1,000 was raised from parking donations for Ottery St Mary’s Tar Barrels event, with a matching amount donated to the Tar Barrels...

Volunteer Coordinator, Cara Jones, chats to student volunteer, Zack Hutch about his DAA experience

Posted by on February 20th 2018 in General charity, Volunteering

Daisy, one of our incredible student volunteers

Cara Jones chats to Zack, a student volunteer who was keen to lend his time and energy to a worthy cause.

How did you hear about DAAT?

My mum told me about the charity shop and she said it would be a nice place to work because it had such friendly staff. She thought it would be a good place to volunteer too as she had visited there fairly often.

What inspired you to volunteer for DAAT?

I was at college at the time and I wanted to get some workplace experience to help boost my confidence in talking/socialising with people. I had considered dropping out of college, but...

A student volunteer's Devon Air Ambulance experience

Posted by on February 19th 2018 in General discussion, Volunteering

A student volunteer's Devon Air Ambulance experience

Volunteer Co-ordinator, Cara Jones, chats to Natalia Lopes, one of Devon Air Ambulance's fantastic student volunteers. Here's what Natalie had to say about her experience with the charity. 

How did you hear about Devon Air Ambulance?

I originally heard about Devon Air Ambulance from my mother-in-law, who moved to Devon from the Midlands,. She was a member of the Women's Institute, an organisation that often promotes events together with DAAT.

What inspired you to volunteer for Devon Air Ambulance?

After I'd arrived in England from Brazil, one of the first things that I noticed was how volunteering was such an important institution. I started noticing how many...

Ride Out 2018 - Online Entries Now Open

Posted by on February 15th 2018 in Events, Fundraising

Ride Out 2018 - Online Entries Now Open


Ride Out 2018 – Online Entries now open!

The online entries are now open! -

We are also very excited to announce that for 2018 we will have two start locations for our Ride Out, giving our riders the choice to start from either Bideford or Newton Abbot. Both routes will end at the Den Teignmouth.

Devon Air Ambulance Motorcycle Ride Out 2018 is proudly sponsored by Bridge Motorcycles. Bridge have added to their continued sponsorship by furthering their supporting sponsoring the Ride Out’s in 2018, 2019 and 2020.




It is anticipated that over 1000 bikers will join to support Devon Air Ambulance for our...

Our new Dartmouth vintage charity shop opens its doors

Posted by on February 7th 2018 in Retail

Our new Dartmouth vintage charity shop opens its doors

Our brand new Devon Air Ambulance charity shop with a difference opens this Saturday. It will join Topsham as the second of two vintage specialist DAA shops in the county.

We have a lovely assortment of goodies ready and waiting in the warehouse, but as always, we need more! If you have a donation that you think would be a great addition to our new shop then just pop your donation into any one of our Devon shops, and we'll make sure it gets to the right place.

If you have something you'd like to donate but you're not sure it's vintage, pop it in...

Your stories help us to be heard

Posted by on February 5th 2018 in General charity, General discussion, Patients

Photograph: Billy Griffiths

Every year, our helicopters and paramedic crew attend hundreds of missions the length and breadth of Devon. In 2017 we assisted 990 patients, 12% of whom were children and infants.

We’ve attended incidents from traffic collisions and motorcross accidents to equestrian and sports injuries. Accidents and medical incidents can befall anyone at any time, and everyone who lives in Devon is eligible to be helped by us – and we want to get to each patient as quickly as possible.

Patient confidentiality

Because of patient confidentiality we don’t have access to more than the most general information about the missions our crews attend:...

Stay safe on your Devon winter walk

Posted by on February 4th 2018 in General charity, Operational, Uncategorised

Stay safe on your Devon winter walk

Few sights are more complelling than a frosted moorland scene, or a soothing seascape beneath a chill winter sky. A wintry stroll, either to walk off a hearty pub lunch or in advance of one, is also one of the best ways to enjoy such settings, and Devon has not shortage of rural and rugged views.

With the allure of fresh air and cool light, outdoor activities such as riding and sports have a particular draw, but it’s important to be conscious that winter activities present certain hazards that we’re keen to avoid in order to minimise your chances of needing the...

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