Tozers Solicitors LLP is delighted to have chosen Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) as their charity of the year for 2014. A little known fact is that a few years ago one of the firm’s partners had to be airlifted following an equestrian accident. Tozers’ previous charities of the year include FORCE Cancer Charity based at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital and Devon Wildlife Trust.
The phrase that is commonly misattributed to Marie Antoinette of: “Let them eat cake” certainly goes down well at Tozers. Sweet-toothed staff and partners have enjoyed a variety of homemade fare in return for a donation to the charity. The firm’s first fundraising event took place on Shrove Tuesday when the sale of pancakes cooked by Exeter staff for their colleagues raised £100.
The second internal fundraising event finished this week with the 5th and final show stopper round of Tozers’ Great British Bake Off. Members of staff paid to enter the competition and competed during March, April and May by baking sandwich cakes, cupcakes, traybakes, biscuits and their showstopper cakes which had to include something to do with Devon Air Ambulance. The standard and creativity of the bakes was amazing. Once the judging had taken place, the cakes were made available to all members of the firm to sample in return for donations to DAAT and the competition made over £445.
The organisers of the Tozers’ Bake Off, Mark Meleady and Emma Hetherington, along with other colleagues from Tozers visited the Devon Air Ambulance Airbase and helicopter at Middlemoor earlier this year. This visit really brought it home to those who were present the vital service that Devon Air Ambulance provides, how it saves lives on a daily basis and how it does this with no government funding but finances its service by fundraising.
It was great to be able to visit the base with some of my colleagues and I learnt that at the moment, the Devon Air Ambulances do not have the capability to fly at night so, in the winter they have to stop flying before rush hour. DAAT would like to move towards their aircraft flying at night but more funds are required to provide this vital service. After visiting and seeing first-hand how critical patients would be transported in the aircraft so quickly to the right hospital for their medical needs, it reinforced for me how important it is for us to support DAAT in achieving their aim of night flying as accidents and illness do not just happen in daylight hours.
On average it costs £3300 each time the Devon Air Ambulance flies on a mission and on average each aircraft will be called out twice every day. Consequently, as well as Pancake day and Tozers’ Great British Bake Off, members of our firm have taken part in a 3 hour indoor cycling challenge (23 March) and the London Marathon (13 April) to raise money for DAAT. Tozers plans to raise more funds by organising or taking part in the following events: the DAAT Motorcycle Ride Out (13 July); the Commando Challenge (6-7 September) and by writing Wills in National Air Ambulance week in return for a donation to DAAT (22-26 September). Tozers is also the headline sponsor of Exeter’s Great West Run on 19 October 2014 with DAAT being the official local charity of the run and around 20 Tozers’ staff so far have agreed to run in support of DAAT.