As 2012 draws to a close we wanted to use our blog as an opportunity to say thank you for the support received during 2012. We also thought it would be a good opportunity to share with you the link to download our Helipad magazine which we are extremely proud of. Here’s the link to the Winter 2012 edition of Helipad.
Thinking back, over the past year, our mind goes back to Christmas Day 2011 when our crews attended to three year old Freddie. Whilst mum Andrea was busy cooking for the family lunch, the children were upstairs playing. Freddie somehow managed to climb onto the bedroom window, undo the window lock, and fall out of the first floor window, onto the patio below. Freddie was so poorly he was airlifted by one of our helicopters to hospital and then needed a critical care paediatric transfer by our other aircraft for specialist treatment in Bristol. Freddie has made a full recovery and the family are looking forward to going away this Christmas.
Nigel Hare our Operations Manager tells us “Children represent about 12% of our workload that we undertake each year so last year we responded to about 158 children, and although we don’t do an awful lot of inter-hospital transfers for children, in fact we only did 4 last year, that is primarily because the DAA’s advantage is that we can take children direct to the hospitals they need to go to in the first place. Yesterday was a classic case in point; we went out to the Honiton area for a child who was severely injured at home, but rather than conveying them to the local hospital which would ultimately result in requiring an inter-hospital transfer to the specialist treatment centre, we picked the child up along with the child’s mother and flew them direct to the paediatric unit in Bristol.”
It’s also been quite a year for Devon Air Ambulance Trust as a whole…
The end of the BBC Radio Devon Air Ambulance Appeal – listeners raised a stonking £800,000+ towards our new helicopter
A record entrant of bikers took part in our Motorcycle Ride Out in July – over 750
Celebrating our 20th birthday in style with a big birthday party at Darts Farm, near Exeter
Looking forward and dates for your diary
Our 21st birthday – party on 7 September 2013 at Dart’s Farm
The arrival of new helicopter G-DAAN which will replace the leased EC135 helicopter flying out of the Steve Ford Airbase in North Devon – around the county flight of G-DAAN – more information to follow.
13 April – Commando Kids
14 July – Motorcycle Ride Out
15 September – Agatha Christie One Mile Sea Swim
23 September – start of National Air Ambulance Week – could you be a hero for a day?
5/6 October – Royal Marines Commando Challenge
For information on the above plus much more why not keep a look out on our website at www.daat.org
Our iphone app
We’ve launched our iphone app this year too! We’re very proud of it – especially the ‘where am I?’ function; even if you don’t have a mobile phone signal the map appears with your location shown, including a postcode. This is especially relevant if you are a keen walker or horserider, as you might not know exactly where you are if you have the misfortune to need help. There’s also lots of other features on the app. If you are an android user don’t worry as this version of our app will be with you next year too!
We love technology and we’re continuing to promote our text donate service. If you would like to help keep us airborne this Christmas, why not add us to your Christmas list? Simply text ‘heli’ to 70300 to donate £3 (you will be charged £3 plus one standard text rate fee).
However none of the above would be possible without the amazing and humbling support the Charity and service receives from the community, businesses and friends of Devon – we really couldn’t do it without you so on behalf of the trustees, staff, crew, volunteers and the patients you are making a difference to every single day a big THANK YOU!
So as this year draws to a close, all it leaves us to do is wish you an enjoyable and peaceful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.