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It's National Air Ambulance Week - 21-27 September 2015

Posted by on September 21st 2015 in Events, Fundraising, General charity

It's National Air Ambulance Week - 21-27 September 2015

Did you know that this week is National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW)? 

Devon Air Ambulance Trust is a member of the Association of Air Ambulances. NAAW is an initiative created by the Association and its members which celebrates the work of local Air Ambulances, giving them a national voice and an opportunity to promote the work they do at a national level.

Did you know that:

  • Together, the UK’s air ambulance charities generate £96.7 million a year
  • operate 37 helicopters
  • have a volunteer network of over 2,500 people
  • one of the most exciting and innovative groups of organisations in the UK.  

With many investing funds to expand...

Selling databases is bad practice

Posted by on September 21st 2015 in Events, Fundraising, General charity, General discussion

Selling databases is bad practice

Good governance and transparency are the cornerstones of running a charity which relies on public donations according to Heléna Holt, Chief Executive of Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT).

Her comments come on the back of the latest revelations about some charities selling on their supporters’ personal data to other fund-raising organisations as well as some more predatory businesses.

She said: “The people of Devon fund Devon’s two emergency helicopters and have the right to know how we raise that money and we have very strict policies on how we go about this.

“It is important for DAAT and other charitable organisations that are...

Class of 81 raises �£750 for Air Ambulance

Posted by on September 10th 2015 in Events, Fundraising, General charity

Class of 81 raises �£750 for Air Ambulance

A school reunion held at Dartmouth Golf & Country Club in March has resulted in a cheque for £750 for Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT).

Over 70 former students at Kingsbridge Community College chose the year when they each pass the 50 year old mark to reunite and catch up on old memories.

Amongst the class of 1981 was Heléna Holt who grew up in Kingsbridge and is now Chief Executive of DAAT.  She said: “It was a wonderful occasion to catch up with so many old friends and it was made special for me because they decided to use the evening...

Do You Have The Will for DAAT?

Posted by on September 10th 2015 in Fundraising, General charity

Do You Have The Will for DAAT?

Wills are not trendy, fun or exciting, they are the poor relation of the legal world and are shrouded by mystery and myth. The net result of which is that over 70% of the UK population do not have one and as a consequence are leaving their affairs to chance. With that in mind I thought I would address some of these and try and put the record straight as well as explaining how mentioning Devon Air Ambulance Trust in your Will can make a huge difference to the charities work….But first those myths:

“If I die my spouse will get...

It started as just another normal day...read Lauren's story

Posted by on September 2nd 2015 in General charity, Patients

It started as just another normal day...read Lauren's story

Every month, Devon Air Ambulance comes to the aid of those who have either had an accident or suffering from a medical emergency across the county of Devon. 

With accidents happening on a daily basis you never know when you might need your local Air Ambulance. One particular story we would like to share with you is what happened to little Lauren.

Lauren's day started as a perfectly normal day that ended up in her facing life-threatening injuries. View Lauren's story here...

Please help us to keep saving lives.

For more information on the service we provide click here, or if you would like to make a donation then...

Why you should Volunteer in a Charity Shop!

Posted by on August 26th 2015 in General charity, Volunteering

Why you should Volunteer in a Charity Shop!

An email came around the office from our Exmouth Charity Shop, desperate for help in the shop.  Being an ‘office worker’, working at a shop is quite different – you’re on your feet all day, getting dusty and dirty (definitely not a good idea to wear a suit), you have to have your toes covered for health & safety reasons so no flip flops allowed, and you absolutely must wear flats.  I tried helping at a shop in heels once, never again…

So I told the shop Manager I would help and her response was “MEL!!!! That’s brill, thank you soooo...

Twiggy bolts and Addy falls

Posted by on August 26th 2015 in Operational, Patients

Twiggy bolts and Addy falls

“They were just tremendous, ” were the words of Adrienne Chichester from Mary Tavy when asked about the Devon Air Ambulance paramedics who looked after her when she was thrown from her horse in a remote part of Dartmoor just before Christmas last year.

“My friend and I were out riding at White Tor, near Peter Tavy,” explained Adrienne, known as Addy. 

“I have been riding for years and had owned Twiggy for two years.  She was a little frisky that day so my friend went on while I sorted Twiggy out.  A short while later Twiggy seemed much calmer...

Kubota and Devon Air Ambulance Trust prepare for take off

Posted by on August 25th 2015 in business on board, Events, Fundraising, General charity

Kubota and Devon Air Ambulance Trust prepare for take off

A market leading machinery manufacturer has teamed up with Devon Air Ambulance Trust to launch ‘Working Safely, Saving Lives’ – a campaign that aims to raise £250,000 for UK air ambulance charities whilst also promoting the importance of health and safety in the workplace. 

Agriculture and construction are two of the most dangerous and hazardous industries in terms of fatal accidents and serious injuries.  For agricultural or construction workers who could have a life threatening accident, the critical service and speed the air ambulance provides can be their only hope of survival. 

Dave Roberts, Kubota UK’s Managing Director, said: “Devon Air Ambulance...

Andy is living life to the full

Posted by on August 17th 2015 in Operational, Patients

Andy is living life to the full

One Sunday lunchtime in June 2010, Andrew and his friend Tony were  out on their motorbikes, enjoying the spring sunshine. 

Just outside Torrington, on a long slow bend up the hill, Andy realised that he had a problem – his back tyre collapsed after hitting a bump and was deflating fast, leaving him with no control or steering.  As he and his bike slowed down, Andy saw a car coming towards him but, despite his best efforts, he was unable to avoid a head on collision. 

To Tony’s horror, he watched as his mate flew over the handle bars of his bike...

We've got Bronze Award in Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

Posted by on August 7th 2015 in General charity, General discussion

We've got Bronze Award in Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

We're delighted to have received a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

This is awarded to employers who wish to pledge their intention to support Defence and take a positive stance towards employing personnel who are or were members of the Armed Forces community.

All of our pilots are ex forces and we also have several support staff too.

If you would like to find out more click here.

 

 



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