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Featured: Walking and Riding Safely on Dartmoor

Posted by on August 7th 2015 in General discussion

Featured: Walking and Riding Safely on Dartmoor

- By Jen How of Visit Dartmoor

For many people the thought of a holiday in the great outdoors, surrounded by stunning views and vast open spaces is something they look forward to all year, so a few simple safety measures whilst walking or riding on Dartmoor will mean that your trip is memorable for all the right reasons!

Please take good care to check the weather for Dartmoor National Park at, and if you are planning to be out on the North Moor, also check for military firing times

Plan your route carefully, allowing plenty of daylight hours to complete it, and let someone know what...

Pilot Richie lands his dream job

Posted by on August 4th 2015 in General charity, Operational

Pilot Richie lands his dream job

Pilot Richie lands his dream job

Air ambulance role is a life time ambition

As a child, Richie Tate recalls seeing helicopters delivering hay to snowbound cattle near his South Molton home and resolving that one day he would be a helicopter pilot.

He achieved his ambition by learning to fly in a 23 year army career and has now landed his dream job as a pilot with the Devon Air Ambulance  flying the Charity’s EC135 Eurocopter out of Exeter International Airport.

The 43 year-old recounts how he always knew he would be a pilot and mapped out his career accordingly from a very...

Do You Enjoy Hunting Around for Bargains? Try Charity Shopping!

Posted by on July 23rd 2015 in Fundraising, General charity, Retail

We now have 15 shops across the county; Exeter (5), Barnstaple, Honiton, Exmouth, Honiton, Newton Abbot, Tiverton, Sidmouth, Kingsbridge, South Molton and Totnes. This includes three specialist shops; furniture and electrical (Exeter), vintage and variety (Topsham) and a pound shop (Exmouth).

Our shops truly are the place to find what you have always been looking for. We stock anything from clothes and jewellery to small electronics and furniture at bargain prices. Alternatively, you may be having a clear out, decluttering or have items that you would like to donate to us.  Buying and donating to our shops really does mean a...

Linden Homes raises a fore-tune

Posted by on July 23rd 2015 in business on board, Charity of the year, Events, Fundraising

Linden Homes raises a fore-tune

Written and provided by Linden Homes

Linden Homes’ third annual charity golf day has raised a staggering £20,733.90 for Devon Air Ambulance Trust, Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust and local Torbay campaign ‘Footsteps for Louie’.

Key stakeholders were invited to the event where they played golf at Torquay’s 18 hole golf course. There was also a hole in one competition to win a BMW, a putting competition, a raffle and an auction.

Nigel Palmer, managing director of Linden Homes, said: “Last year we were thrilled that our first golf day raised £18,000 and we really didn’t think we’d be able to beat that total...

End of an era for Devon Air Ambulance

Posted by on July 22nd 2015 in Operational

Captain Rob Mackie retires from flying

This week saw the end of an era for Devon’s Air Ambulances, with the final operational flight flown by Captain Rob Mackie, before he retires.

One constant at Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) over its 23 years of operation is Rob, who has flown with the service since April 1993. He is thought to be the longest serving Air Ambulance pilot working at one single service in the UK. In fact during his time with DAA he has flown in excess of 7,000 missions!

Paignton born Rob started his flying career as an Army pilot and the skills he picked up flying Scout...

How to promote your fundraising event

Posted by on July 16th 2015 in Fundraising

Well done! You’ve organised your fundraising event – ticking off all the logistics, health and safety implications and legal necessities. All you need to do now is tell people about it!

So, how do you make sure that people know when, where, and how to support your event? Here are some suggestions.

Social media

It might seem obvious, but if you use Facebook, Twitter or other social media tools, make sure that you share the details of your event with your friends and followers. Encourage them to share the event listing with people they are connected to, and you will be surprised how...

Flying high from Round Table Fireworks

Posted by on July 14th 2015 in Charity of the year, Events, Fundraising

Flying high from Round Table Fireworks

Exeter Round Table is pleased to report another successful year of the Westpoint Arena Fireworks Display. The event held in November 2014 saw record numbers in attendance to enjoy one of Exeter’s best known charity events.

Mike Davies, Chairman of Exeter’s Round table said ‘it was a fantastic night all round and we thank our partner organisations who support the event. Exeter Round Table is delighted to be donating £9,621.88 to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust’

Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director said “We would like to thank everyone at Exeter Round Table for their continued support of the Charity. Working in partnership...

Historic win for Devon Air Ambulance Trust - PWC West of England Business of the Year

Posted by on July 7th 2015 in business on board, General charity, General discussion

Historic win for Devon Air Ambulance Trust - PWC West of England Business of the Year

Trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters across Devon are celebrating after Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) was named as the PWC West of England Business of the Year with a turnover of less than £30 million at a gala dinner at Brunel’s Old Station in Bristol last night.

DAAT was the first charity ever to be shortlisted and the first not-for-profit organisation to win the coveted prize which has previously been won by well-known businesses such as Graphic plc, the Gro Company and Seasalt.

Anita Newcombe, DAAT’s Chair of Trustees said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award.  It is a...

Featured: Motorcycle Safety Advice, Advanced Riding

Posted by on June 29th 2015 in General discussion

by Colin Opie, Chief Observer, Devon Advanced Motorcyclists (DAM)

IAM National Observer, Insititute of Advanced Motorists


Advanced Riding as a title is often open to misinterpretation. What makes the difference between an Advanced rider and a “standard” one, for example a rider that has just passed their Part-II DSA test and is now legally entitled to ride without “L” plates? Is it pure speed? Is it machine control under on-road and off-road conditions? Is it being able to “get your knee down” around bends? Believe it or not, it is none of these things.

The IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) and RoSPA (Royal Society...

The Ultimate Charity Motorcycle Ride Out

Posted by on June 26th 2015 in Events

The Ultimate Charity Motorcycle Ride Out

The second Sunday of July every year is when Devon Air Ambulance Trust’s (DAAT) Motorcycle Ride Out takes to the beautiful roads of Devon. 

The 2015 ride out starts at Trago Mills in Stover, Newton Abbot to The Den in Teignmouth, taking you through 83 miles of beautiful Devon countryside.  At The Den there is live music, refreshments and trade stands – everyone is welcome to come along and join in the party atmosphere.

This event wouldn’t be possible however without a fantastic headline sponsor which this year is the Motorcycle Warehouse Limited of Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot. We are delighted to be working...

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