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Popular attraction supports Devon Air Ambulance

Posted by on May 9th 2017 in business on board, Fundraising

Popular attraction supports Devon Air Ambulance

Popular family attraction, World of Country Life, Exmouth, has shown their support for their local Air Ambulance by sponsoring a supply of brand new stands for the charity’s magazine Helipad. 

It costs Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) £5.5million each year to keep the two helicopters flying and the charity relies entirely on the funds being raised by the people, communities and businesses of Devon. The support from World of Country Life has been gratefully received.

Tracy Owen, Fundraising Manager for DAA was delighted to present World of Country Life with their own stand. “We are grateful  to all our business...

Ten Years On

Posted by on February 17th 2017 in General charity, Operational, Patients

Dave meets DAA team

For Dave Farr, of West Charleton near Kingsbridge, 15th February always brings back memories.  And this year it will be 10 years since Dave suffered a life-changing accident.

Dave was working for a steel erecting company at the time and he and his colleagues were moving some steel shuttering at a farm near Whimple when things went horrifically wrong. A sheet of the shuttering destabilised and fell, almost ‘cutting Dave in half’. The loss of blood was immediate and, as Dave collapsed, his colleagues called for immediate help.

The farmer had also witnessed the emergency and stressed to the 999 call-taker the...

Volunteering boosts Bob's self confidence

Posted by on February 10th 2017 in General charity, Retail, Volunteering

Volunteering boosts Bob's self confidence

After suffering an industrial injury in 1999 that left him with a severe back problem, life for Bob looked pretty bleak.

Bob Wood was living in Manchester at the time and had just completed a five-year apprenticeship as an engineer. But the accident caused tendon, nerve and ligament damage, along with three popped discs in his spine, leaving Bob unable to continue in his job and out of work for eight long years.

In 2002, Bob was registered as disabled and later that year, during a respite break in Devon, Bob decided to relocate.  In 2003 he and his family moved to...

Harry's Lucky Escape

Posted by on January 17th 2017 in General charity, Patients

Little Harry was placed into an induced coma but was revived on Christmas Eve

Christmas can be a dramatic time of year for many families, but for few moreso than for the Tansleys.

Christmas was very different for one Exwick family this year (2017), but fortunately it had a very happy ending.

With all the excitement of being on school holiday and Father Christmas due in just a few days, 8-year old Harry Tansley from Exwick was happy to be out scooting and skating along Exmouth seafront with his dad, his older brother Ben and their friend, Will. 

They were having a lovely time until, for no known reason, Harry lost his balance on his...

Devon Air Ambulance benefits from Sanctuaryâ??s donation

Posted by on December 14th 2016 in Events, Fundraising

Devon Air Ambulance benefits from Sanctuaryâ??s donation

Devon Air Ambulance was just one of a number of charities to benefit from a generous donation following the closure and sale of Sanctuary Lodge, the Freemason’s home in Moretonhampstead since 1932.

As he presented DAA’s Debbie Gregory with a cheque for £5,000 Lodge Trustee Harry James explained his reason for nominating his local Air Ambulance, “In May 2014 I had need of the Air Ambulance after a rather nasty accident at my home in North Bovey.  I lost two fingers in a battle with a circular saw and I’ll never forget the relief I felt knowing that such help was...

Family barbecue ends in disaster

Posted by on December 2nd 2016 in Patients

Family barbecue ends in disaster

Usually an overcooked sausage is the worst thing that can go wrong on a family barbecue...

The summer of 2016 was great for long, warm days and balmy evenings – just right for families and friends to gather for barbecues. Such was the occasion for Simon Griffin and his family when they were planning an afternoon get together at his mum’s house in Paignton on August Bank Holiday weekend. 

Simon and his brother had gone on ahead of their families to ‘get the barbecue going’.  Struggling to get a good flame and in order to speed things up, Simon added methylated spirits. ...

A heartfelt thank you

Posted by on June 21st 2016 in General charity, Patients

Kate meets paramedic Glenn at Eaglescott

Kate was sadly born with six holes in her heart, but didn’t find this out until she had a stroke at age 39 and then suffered a variety of serious and life threatening conditions such as Ventricular Tachycardia (racing heart beat), Atrial Fibrillation (which causes the heart to beat irregularly causing tiredness, dizziness and shortness of breath), as well as Ventricular Fibrillation (where the heart goes into spasm and stops beating ). The severity of the symptoms of these conditions resulted in Kate having several collapses and blackouts. Between 2006 and 2013, Kate describes having being airlifted from Bude “on...

Unexpected end to bike ride

Posted by on May 31st 2016 in General charity, Patients

Jamil recovers in hospital following his nasty bike accident

A motorcycle ride takes a wrong turn, but Devon Air Ambulance are to hand to save a leg.

On 10th October 2014 a motor bike ride with a friend whilst visiting family in Devon turned into an encounter with a lorry that Jamil will never forget.

Jamil, who lives and works as an Advertising Account Manager in London, remembers everything about the events on that day and recalls being home for a long weekend visiting family and catching up with friends whilst he had a few days off between jobs.  Jamil and his friend had just had lunch in Dawlish and...

Precision landing for tennis playing patient

Posted by on May 23rd 2016 in General charity, Patients

Precision landing for tennis playing patient

John Walster and his wife Jackie, from West Alvington near Kingsbridge, were enjoying a weekend away at the Manor House Hotel near Okehampton in May last year, reunited with 23 friends from the amateur dramatic group they had been part of when they lived in East Horsley in Surrey.  The hotel offers sports, activities and crafts for all guests and the Walsters were enjoying a game of tennis doubles with friends Jack Griffith and Jeff Luther when John collapsed. 

Rushing to his aid, his wife Jackie started mouth-to-mouth while Jeff did compressions on John’s chest. Meanwhile, Jack ran back to...

Cardiac arrest for Derrick on Christmas Day

Posted by on May 23rd 2016 in General charity, Patients

Cardiac arrest for Derrick on Christmas Day

Father and son time…

Derrick Small lives in Chatham in Kent and was enjoying a Christmas break with his wife, Janet, and their son and future daughter-in-law, David and Fran, at Fran’s parent’s Bed & Breakfast in Poundstock, near Bude.

On Christmas morning 2014, Derrick and his son took themselves off for a cycle ride around the North Cornish lanes where they were staying.  “We knew that Fran’s parents were busy getting everything ready for luch so we were really happy to make the most of some quality time out, doing what we both love,” explained Derrick.

The scenic route took in many...

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