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Paramedic Mark Hawley runs Great West Run dressed as a helicopter

Posted by on October 16th 2013 in Events, Fundraising

Mark with Jennie the Helicopter costume

By Mark Hawley, Aircrew/Paramedic

On Sunday 13 October I survived (and finished!) the Great West Run (half marathon) with “Jennie” the helicopter as my running companion in a time of 2 hours 27 minutes and in just over 2 weeks I have managed to raise just over £300!

I have to say due to the extra weight I was carrying, the fact I couldn’t see further than 3 feet in front of me, it was boiling hot inside the costume, and I had less than 3 weeks training in my legs, it was one...

Mia Swim Blog No 2

Posted by on August 14th 2013 in Events, Fundraising

So what’s been happening on the training front since my first blog, you may ask?

Well – quite a lot!

Since my last (and first) entry on the blog here, I got my lovely colleague, Lou, on board with the swim – and it’s great!

Besides the benefit of having someone to share your swimming antics and excitement about the up-coming (and what will essentially, for both of us, be our “maiden”) sea swim with, Lou has brought with her some un-relenting enthusiasm and great knowledge on different swimming techniques for long-distance free-styling.

While we await the arrival of...

The new helicopter has arrived

Posted by on August 5th 2013 in Operational

Operations Director Nigel Hare with GDAAN at the Royal International Air Tattoo

by Nigel Hare, Operations Director

On the 31st July DAAT took delivery of its brand new Air Ambulance. The people of Devon have been truly fantastic in supporting us to make this possible and I wanted to share with you just how your help will enable us to further develop the service and bring even greater benefit to patients.

One of the most frequent things I am asked is “Why buy and not continue leasing?”  There are three main reasons:

• The ability to design the Air Ambulance...

Andrea's new adventure

Posted by on July 23rd 2013 in Events

I will blame ≠devonhour for getting me into another adventure… I was merrily taking part in the twitter devonhour where you tweet with local businesses and organisations on a Wedensday night. I saw DAAT mentioned the sea swim and suddenly I find myself signed up, signing my friends up and now writing this blog!

I am a bit of a soft touch when it comes to the Devon Air Ambulance. My darling son was airlifted twice after suffering a skull fracture on Christmas morning 2012. Freddie was only three when he fell from his sisters’ bedroom window down to...

Operations Director question and answer

Posted by on April 5th 2013 in Operational

We asked our Operations Manager and paramedic Nigel Hare a few questions, to give you an insight into what working with the Devon Air Ambulance is like for him…

What is your working day like on the Air Ambulance?

Once the equipment and the aircraft is fully checked the crew have a briefing outlining aspects such as the weather, tide times, and on the moors, details of whether the firing ranges are in use. From that point onward we are ready to respond to emergency calls.

Each day starts with a full check of all our equipment. That is both...

Kidz First Aid support

Posted by on March 25th 2013 in business on board, Fundraising

Guest blogger:  Katie Finn, Kidz First Aid

I am a paediatric nurse and after many enjoyable years of working in Paediatric A&E settings I realised that first aid information specific to children’s emergency procedures is not easily obtainable for parents so I decided to go it alone and set up Kidz First Aid. My aim is to give parents peace of mind and confidence, so they know what to do if things go wrong.

To spread the word of my courses I decided to exhibit at a baby fair but felt I needed to have a product on offer...

Therapy Works South West visit DAAT HQ

Posted by on March 18th 2013 in Fundraising

By Sarah Collier, Therapy Works South West

Devon Air Ambulance Trust provide an invaluable service and we thought the DAAT staff could probably do with some attention themselves. We /Therapy Works South West arrived at the Exeter head office to a warm welcome and set up our special massage chairs in a pleasant office space sandwiched between two busy meeting rooms. Some of the 14 members of staff we saw had never had any kind of massage before and didn’t know what to expect from Seated Acupressure Massage- their 30 minute appointment convinced them of the benefits! In fact,...

Why I got involved with Devon Air Ambulance Trust

Posted by on March 5th 2013 in business on board

When I was asked to write a blog for Devon Air Ambulance I decided to take some time to think about the charity and why working with them is so important to me.

As a freelance designer I rarely have the luxury of picking and choosing my customers, but I have to say I am in the fortunate position of genuinely “liking” all of my clients and Devon Air Ambulance is at the top of that list. Not only are they an inspiring group of people to work with, the charity itself provides an essential service for our beautiful...

Julie is back in action and supporting the Daat team

Posted by on February 13th 2013 in Patients

It was my absolute privilege to spend the day with the DAAT staff team last week providing them with a workshop on using Facebook and how it can be used to bring even more support and encouragement to their brilliant work. We had a really good day going over the features of the social network, how to make the most of time spent communicating and connecting with others, and of course how we can develop DAAT pages, groups and campaigns further in the months ahead. Some of the team were a bit reluctant about it all and others only using...

Working together

Posted by on January 21st 2013 in business on board

Working together

Highway maintenance is one of the key services SWH provides across the region. This can range from winter maintenance, drainage improvements, road marking, excavation and traffic management.

SWH began supporting Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) in 2010 after asking staff to vote for a preferred charity. We get inundated with requests for support from charities, and while we help where we can, we felt it was important to have a clear attachment to one that our staff believe in.

Very often we attend the scene of accidents along Devon’s roads and motorways and often work closely with...



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