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Our charity shops help save lives

Posted by on May 2nd 2017 in General charity, Retail

Our charity shops help save lives

Devon Air Ambulance now has 17 charity shops across the county, and each one plays an essential part in saving lives. 

We pride ourselves in only selling donated stock in all of our shops, except for a few branded items, namely Christmas Cards, pin badges and reuseable shopping bags.

Raising funds to keep the helicopters flying is of course the shops’ first role but there’s so much more to our shops. It’s essential that we are at the heart of the community that we serve.  Our shops also act as local DAA Lottery agents, as outlets for our fundraising team to drop...

Devon Air Ambulance highly commended in Apprenticeship Awards

Posted by on April 25th 2017 in General charity, General discussion

Devon Air Ambulance highly commended in Apprenticeship Awards

Devon Air Ambulance is passionate about investing in their staff.  They believe that the team can only be as good as its skill sets, so actively encourages its entire staff to undertake training and development to help them carry out their roles to the best of their ability. 

Recently the Charity was nominated for the Education and Training Skills Employer of the Year Award by Catherine Walker, Fundraising Administration Assistant.  The Annual Apprentice and Employer of the year Awards ceremony is held during National Apprenticeships Week, which was also celebrating ten years of the National Apprenticeships Scheme.

Catherine said “I joined Devon...

Celebrating Mother's Day with Devon Air Ambulance

Posted by on March 22nd 2017 in General charity

Celebrating Mother's Day with Devon Air Ambulance

This Sunday 26th March, we want to celebrate the tremendous strength and resilience of all the hard-working mothers out there. At Devon Air Ambulance, we often witness this first-hand, whether it’s caring for a loved one who has suffered an accident or finding extra time (in an already busy schedule!) to volunteer.

We want to share an inspiring story of one mother – and her friends and family – who have gone the extra mile to turn a traumatic accident into an opportunity to raise lifesaving funds to help support Devon Air Ambulance. It’s not always easy to return to a...

Celebrating Our Founder on International Womens Day

Posted by on March 8th 2017 in Fundraising, General charity

Ann Ralli and the team at Devon Air Ambulance

On the 8th March 2017, it’s International Women’s Day, which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women across the world. At Devon Air Ambulance, we’re looking forward to celebrating the achievements of the women across our team, all the way from hard-working volunteers to the senior leadership team!

However, in the lead up to International Women’s Day, we’d like to honour one woman who is of special importance to the charity: the founder of Devon Air Ambulance, Ann Rali. Without Ann’s tireless work to raise funds for an air ambulance in Devon, we might not be operating the...

Beware of door to door collectors

Posted by on February 16th 2017 in Fundraising, General charity, General discussion

Beware of door to door collectors

Over the past couple of days we've had phone calls from supporters in Exmouth and Honiton who have had a man knock on their door purporting to be from their 'local air ambulance'. 

Devon Air Ambulance doesn't authorise anyone (including our lottery canvassers) to go door to door on behalf of the Charity.

We would ask anyone who is approached to firstly not part with any personal or financial information.

Secondly please could you report it to the Police by either completing the online form or ringing 101.

Please quote Police Crime Reference: IN/024502/17 so that all reportings can be filed together.

Love Your Air Ambulance

Posted by on February 14th 2017 in Fundraising, General charity

Love Your Air Ambulance

It can be easy to be cynical about Valentine’s Day, as we’re bombarded on television and in shops with crass, commercial gifts. However, if we treat it as a reminder for us to cherish the important people in our lives – partners, children and friends – then it’s a great opportunity to give thanks to the partnerships that matter most in our lives.


The Parkhouse Family

In 2011, the Parkhouse family had one of the most terrifying experiences of their lives, when Matthew had to be air lifted to Bristol hospital by Devon Air Ambulance.

Matthew’s Dad said, “We’ll never forget that day”....

Helicopter targeted by laser

Posted by on January 24th 2017 in Operational

Captain Rob Mackie

At 2150 on the evening of 20th January in the Tedburn St Mary area one of Devon’s Air Ambulances was targeted by a green coloured laser. The crew were on their way to Holsworthy to help an elderly lady who had fallen and needed essential medical treatment at the major trauma centre in Plymouth.

The increasing sales of powerful hand held laser pens have always been considered to be a viable threat to all aircraft but this is the first significant incident involving Devon Air Ambulance, which has occurred only a few weeks after the introduction of night operations.

Rob Mackie, DAA’s...

Community landing site takes off in East Prawle

Posted by on January 9th 2017 in Operational

Community landing site takes off in East Prawle

If you hear a helicopter at night it’s quite possible it will be Devon’s Air Ambulance which is now flying into the hours of darkness; in fact up to midnight every day.

There are currently 25 fully operational landing sites up and running, with over a 100 further night landing sites in developmen.  There will soon also be one in East Prawle.

The Charity funded service has been working hard with communities across Devon since January 2016 to build a network of community night landing sites.  These sites are pre surveyed and have state of the art lighting technology with remote switching...

Goodbye 2016. Hello Silver Anniversary.

Posted by on January 1st 2017 in Fundraising, General charity

Goodbye 2016. Hello Silver Anniversary.

2016 was a busy year for Devon Air Ambulance - not to mention the rest of the world! Missed some of our big news? Not to worry! Let’s take a look back at some of our key moments in 2016 but more importantly, find out more about our exciting Say it with Silver plans, which will mark Devon Air Ambulance's 25th anniversary of life-saving service.


Say it with Silver

The 27th August 2017 will mark 25 years since our very first mission back in 1992, when the Devon Air Ambulance service was launched, flying 5 days per week. Fundraising for an air...

APPGAA Reception hosted at Houses of Parliament

Posted by on December 13th 2016 in Events, General charity, General discussion, Operational

APPGAA Air Ambulance Reception

A reception held by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances (APPGAA) took place on the House of Commons Terrace, Westminster on 28 November 2016. The event, hosted by Chairman of the APPGAA Jim Fitzpatrick MP for Poplar and Limehouse, gave members of both Houses of Parliament the opportunity to meet with representatives from air ambulance charities and ambulance services.

Jim introduced Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Social Society who thanked the APPGAA for all their hard work before addressing the audience.  Rob highlighted the excellent outcome of the Autumn Statement last week where air ambulances were a major beneficiary...

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