On rare occasions we are able to get some of our patients, outstanding fundraisers and volunteers together to visit our airbases and learn more about the service they have needed to use, or are supporting in some way. Due to patient confidentiality, we don't know who we airlift, so when our patients get in touch, we are fortunately able to offer them a visit to see the helicopter and meet the crew under far more controlled conditions.
Here are just a couple of examples of the experiences our patients and supporters had at a recent visit to our Exeter Airbase:
“It was a truly inspiring morning – meeting your team and understanding a little more about the truly remarkable work they do was quite inspirational.
I chatted a while to one of your patients from last year, who also attended. His story and the influence you have had on his life was quite overwhelming.
It was great meeting you all and thank you once again for a morning I will not forget.”
Graeme Fuell (right), Head of Design at Linden Homes, Charity of the Year Fundraiser pictured with Paramedic Darren Goodwin (left)
“I can’t thank you enough for inviting us, I found it incredibly interesting and strangely emotional. Meeting my pilot Rob was the icing on the cake. Since our visit I have been extolling the virtues of DAAT to all my friends and relatives. Thank you again.”
Chris Bellworthy (right), patient, airlifted in 2015, pictured with former pilot and Safety Manager Rob Mackie (left).
“Thanks to all the staff and volunteers who made us so welcome and our visit so enjoyable. The professionalism and compassion of the DAAT team is something we will long remember and spur us on to continue to support you in the future”.
Keith Vincer (right) and Graham Wilkins (centre) of South Devon Garden Railway Group, Fundraisers, pictured with Operations Director Nigel Hare (left)