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A Reason to Celebrate

Ian Brown and sister-in-law Shirley Couch have reason to celebrate following their joint birthday party, in aid of Devon Air Ambulance Trust.  His 70th and her 60th respectively, saw over £1200 raised for the local Charity at the celebration in Barnstaple.

Supporting the Charity was something they both were inspired to do, having a personal connection to the service. During October of last year, Ian’s colleague Chris was working on a lorry when it rolled and trapped him underneath. Ian was able to lift the lorry off Chris using a fork lift, but the situation called for immediate medical attention. Shortly after, Devon Air Ambulance arrived to the scene and airlifted Chris to Derriford Hospital. Fortunately Chris has made a good recovery due the quality care he received.  

Instead of receiving presents for their birthdays, Ian and Shirley decided to ask for donations to the Charity that provided the service to get Chris to the hospital promptly instead.  They wanted to take the opportunity to express their thanks to all who donated so generously and to everyone who attended the party to make the evening so special.

Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director at Devon Air Ambulance Trust, said, “We would like to thank Ian and Shirley for being so kind to think of the Charity at their celebration. They raised a fantastic amount; we are endlessly grateful. It’s wonderful to hear that Chris has recovered as well. Because of patient confidentiality, we don’t know who we airlift, so success stories like Chris’ are truly inspiring”.

Ian and Shirley (pictured right and left) presented the funds raised to Devon Air Ambulance Trust’s Barnstaple Shop Manager, Averil Kingdon (pictured centre). 

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