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Dartmoor hotel supports Air Ambulance with a Devon food showcase

Posted by on May 22nd 2017 in Events, Fundraising

Dartmoor hotel supports Air Ambulance with a Devon food showcase

The famous and historic Two Bridges Hotel in the heart of Dartmoor has pledged its support for Devon Air Ambulance with a charity dinner to be held later this year.

Award-winning Executive Chef Mike Palmer has created an exceptional five course menu showcasing some of the best Devon produce of the season, and the menu will be paired with fine wines from the hotel’s cellars.

All profits from the black-tie dinner, on Thursday 5th October, will be donated to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

Mike Coombes, Sales and Marketing Manager at Warm Welcome Hotels, commented: “Given the location of the...

Devon Air Ambulance Chair Heads to Everest Base Camp

Posted by on May 15th 2017 in Events, Fundraising

Devon Air Ambulance Chair Heads to Everest Base Camp

Devon Air Ambulance Trust Former Chair, Anita Newcombe, along with her husband Richard, will undertake an intrepid trek to Everest Base Camp to raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance’s new Night Flying Programme.

Anita has been a trustee of DAAT for the last 6 years, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the last 4 years and completes her tenure on 18 May 2017. To mark her departure from the Board and her handover to the incoming Chair, Anita has chosen to raise funds by undertaking this exciting and challenging 18-day expedition.

Anita and Richard will fly into Kathmandu, Nepal, in...

Father raises funds for Devon Air Ambulance after son defies the odds with cliff fall

Posted by on May 11th 2017 in Fundraising, Patients

Father raises funds for Devon Air Ambulance after son defies the odds with cliff fall

A dad-of-two will be using pedal power to travel the whole length of the country to raise money for Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) after they came to the rescue of his seven-year-old son.

Paul Shehean, 38, from Oldland Common, Bristol, was on holiday last summer in Newton Ferrers, South Devon, when his son, Finley, lost his footing and stumbled over the edge of a cliff face, falling 15 to 20 feet onto jagged rocks below.

Due to quick thinking from Paul who made the frantic scramble down to the foot of the cliff, while his wife, Kate, managed to...

The Devonshire Freemasons present Devon Air Ambulance with £4000

Posted by on May 10th 2017 in Charity of the year, Fundraising

The Devonshire Freemasons present Devon Air Ambulance with £4000

On Tuesday 2nd May our Provincial Grand Master the Rt. W. Bro Ian Kingsbury, accompanied by his wife Toni,  visited the offices of Devon Air Ambulance in Exeter. They can be seen here presenting Fundraising Manager Tracy Owen with a certificate representing the donation for £4,000 given by Devonshire Freemasons through the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

This makes a total of £51,000 presented by Devonshire Freemasons through the Freemasons Grand Charity since 2007 and over £110,000 when adding presentations made by individual lodges throughout Devonshire in the same period.

This grant has brought the total Masonic support given to the...

Popular attraction supports Devon Air Ambulance

Posted by on May 9th 2017 in business on board, Fundraising

Popular attraction supports Devon Air Ambulance

Popular family attraction, World of Country Life, Exmouth, has shown their support for their local Air Ambulance by sponsoring a supply of brand new stands for the charity’s magazine Helipad. 

It costs Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) £5.5million each year to keep the two helicopters flying and the charity relies entirely on the funds being raised by the people, communities and businesses of Devon. The support from World of Country Life has been gratefully received.

Tracy Owen, Fundraising Manager for DAA was delighted to present World of Country Life with their own stand. “We are grateful  to...

Virtual reality expert gifts Air Ambulance 360 degree tour

Posted by on May 8th 2017 in business on board, Fundraising, General charity, General discussion, Patients

Patient Callum with Ambrose Bear

A businessman who specialises in virtual reality (VR) walk-throughs for property sales has used his state-of the-art technology to create a virtual tour of Devon Air Ambulance’s (DAA) emergency helicopter and hangar at the charity’s Eaglescott air base.

Noel Sexton who runs based Somerset based View It 360 providing VR Solutions for businesses from London to Truro, has donated the VR tour to thank DAA for the role in getting his new born son Callum to hospital after he suffered severe breathing difficulties and was turning blue.

Although the incident happened 11 years ago, it was when Noel set up his VR...

Four brothers will walk 200 miles for Devon Air Ambulance in memory of their brother

Posted by on May 5th 2017 in Fundraising

Four brothers will walk 200 miles for Devon Air Ambulance in memory of their brother

Brothers Osian, Kieran (aka Mouse) and Connor Rapier, along with their brother-in-law Oli Handson, will walk from Land’s End to the home of their late brother Alun, in the small Dartmoor Village of Lustleigh, to raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance (DAA).

The walk of almost 200 miles will take in 160 miles of the South West Coast Path from Land’s End to Plymouth before the final push via the Erme-Plym trail and Two Moors Way to Lustleigh Village. The challenge will take the brothers 14 days to complete, walking an average of 14 miles a day between the...

Devon Air Ambulance proud of its openness and transparency

Posted by on May 4th 2017 in Fundraising, General charity, General discussion, Volunteering

Cara Jones, Volunteer Manager

Devon Air Ambulance would once again like to take an opportunity to promote its ‘Supporter Promise’ at the same time as welcoming new Volunteer Manager, Cara Jones (pictured right), to its team to support over 430 amazing volunteers.

After receiving questions on whether it pays its volunteers a cut of monies they collect, Fundraising Director Caroline Creer says “All our amazing volunteers donate their time and efforts day in, day out.  They could be attending events, working in one of our 17 charity shops, collecting boxes or picking up a cheque at a presentation.”

She added “We’ve been asked a lot recently if we pay commission...

Local entrepreneur sets sights on Ten Tors Solo Record in support of Devon Air Ambulance

Posted by on May 2nd 2017 in Fundraising

Local entrepreneur sets sights on Ten Tors Solo Record in support of Devon Air Ambulance

Local entrepreneur, Tom Backhouse, has set himself the challenge of becoming the first person to walk the gruelling Ten Tors 55 Challenge solo as part of a year-long personal fundraising challenge for Devon Air Ambulance.

Tom will compete alongside the thousands of other competitors in the iconic event which takes place on the weekend of 6th and 7th May. The mission forms part of Tom’s year long Walk Wild UK challenge which will see him walk at least 45 miles across all 15 of the UK’s national parks in 2017, with the added task of reaching the highest...

Our charity shops help save lives

Posted by on May 2nd 2017 in General charity, Retail

Our charity shops help save lives

Devon Air Ambulance now has 17 charity shops across the county, and each one plays an essential part in saving lives. 

We pride ourselves in only selling donated stock in all of our shops, except for a few branded items, namely Christmas Cards, pin badges and reuseable shopping bags.

Raising funds to keep the helicopters flying is of course the shops’ first role but there’s so much more to our shops. It’s essential that we are at the heart of the community that we serve.  Our shops also act as local DAA Lottery agents, as outlets for our fundraising team to drop...



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