Volunteers form an essential part of any charity and with Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) that’s no different. In fact we simply couldn’t function without the 400+ lifesavers who give up their time so freely and generously either on a regular or occasional basis.
DAAT currently has over 400 volunteers performing a wide range of tasks from servicing the 4500+ red collection boxes across the county and helping in the Charity’s 13 shops to giving talks, helping at events, driving, to administration tasks at its offices.
DAAT Volunteers Support Officer, Rosey Oakes, said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of Devon Air Ambulance Trust and are not only are hugely important for fundraising but are an essential service in terms of connecting with local communities and the people of Devon whom we serve.
“Contrary to popular perception, the UK is a nation of volunteers. 25% of people volunteer at least once a month and four out of ten people volunteer at least once a year.
“We cherish the work that our volunteers undertake and we in return believe in investing in them through training and ensuring that they know they are an important member of our team Many volunteers are retired and enjoy the social side of doing good work with others. However, we have people of all ages supporting us and for many, they can enhance their employment prospects by learning new skills and by increasing their self esteem and confidence. We hope they will also make new and lasting friendships along the way too.”
Julie StapletonVolunteer Julie Stapleton of Paignton said “I started volunteering in 2009. I won some money at work which I decided to donate to DAAT. I also offered my services as a speaker and did as many talks as I could whilst working full time.
I drive a lot and love all outdoor activities and feel that the Devon Air Ambulance Trust is a vital lifeline, with our busy roads in Devon even more congested on the summer. I love helping at the shows and events, presenting, fundraising and just spreading the word about our brilliant charity. I love helping and everyone at the Charity has also helped me since losing my husband in 2011. I love it, and everyone who volunteers and works for the Trust. I feel I am giving something back, through what I am doing , spreading the word and hopefully helping people.”
Volunteer Support Officer Rosey added “Julie is a crucial part of our team. Without our volunteers we would struggle to do the life-saving work that we do. Would you like to join Julie and our volunteering family? Could you donate the gift of time either regularly or occasionally?”
If you are interested please get in touch with Rosey Oakes on 01392 466666 or mail email@example.com for an informal chat.
Julie is pictured above recently receiving her 5 years volunteer service award from pilot and Flight Operations Director Ian Payne.