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Featured: A Guide to Sea Swim Training

Posted by on June 19th 2015 in Events

- by Pauline Barker, Founder of Devon & Cornwall Wild Swimming

The one mile swim was my first sea swimming event back in 2010. It was (and continues to be) a fantastic event and really got me hooked. Shortly after I founded Devon and Cornwall Wild Swimming with the intention of finding other like-minded swimmers, and the group is now more than 3000 strong.

I have also pushed my own swimming boundaries and have gone on to swim The English Channel 3 times as part of relay teams as well as completing a solo 21 mile 2 way swim of Lake Windermere...

Featured: Dragon Boat Racing is a Must-Do Team Challenge

Posted by on June 8th 2015 in Events

Featured: Dragon Boat Racing is a Must-Do Team Challenge

- by Shaun Durham, Crisp Professional Development

We were made aware of the Dragon Boat event through our association with Devon Air Ambulance as Crisp Professional Development’s Charity of the Year. With a plethora of events, and plenty of worthy charities to support, making the choice to commit to an event needs careful consideration. In the case of the Dragon Boat event the decision was an easy one as it ticked a number of boxes, namely: it was based in Exeter with other local businesses, costs of participation were realistic, it required physical exercise and involved the whole team. The last point was crucial,...

Its National Volunteers Week Next Week

Posted by on May 28th 2015 in Fundraising, General charity, General discussion, Volunteering

Its National Volunteers Week Next Week

The Devon Air Ambulance Trust are planning many exciting events to celebrate Volunteers’ Week this year.

Volunteer Coordinator Rosey Oakes said “We have hundreds of volunteers beavering away across the county and they play a crucial role in keeping our two helicopters flying.  National Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity to say thank you to them – so we’re having tea parties, special window displays and a special  invitation-only visit to our Airbase to meet the crew!

We are always looking for new volunteers and currently need people to help in various roles across Devon.  Every volunteer is invaluable to us, so if...

10 Steps To Planning A Successful Fundraising Event

Posted by on May 26th 2015 in Fundraising

Here at Devon Air Ambulance we have a wealth of experience to make your fundraising event a success so please contact us for advice – we’re more than happy to help!

  1. Plan your activity - The key to a successful fundraising event is to know what you want to achieve.


  2. Timing  - Give yourself lots of time to organise your event. The longer the better as it will ensure you get everything right.
  3. Organise  - Write yourself a plan.  A what, where, when, who you will need to help make it successful will help you greatly in ensuring your event runs smoothly.
  4. Set targets – Set...

Air Ambulance praises Trago Mills

Posted by on May 26th 2015 in business on board, Events, Fundraising, General charity

Air Ambulance praises Trago Mills

Organisers of the 10th Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) Motorcycle Ride Out are praising the support given to the event by Trago Mills at Newton Abbot who are providing free use of their land for the 1000 or so entrants for the annual fundraiser.

The Ride Out will start on 12 July at Trago Mills will take a meandering 83 mile course across some beautiful Devon countryside before finishing at the Den in Teignmouth for an afternoon of live music, trade shows and hundreds of bikes to admire.

Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said: “There are not too...

Grand Summer Draw aims to top �£500,000

Posted by on May 19th 2015 in business on board, Charity of the year, Events, Fundraising, General charity

Grand Summer Draw aims to top �£500,000

Devon Air Ambulance Trust’s Grand Summer Draw tickets are now on sale, with a first prize of a Mazda2 75PS SE and two further cash prizes of £500 and £100 respectively.

Now in its eighth year the Charity are delighted to be continuing their partnership with Peter Vosper and Devon based Vospers Mazda, who are great supporters.

Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said “We would like to thank Peter Vosper and Vospers Mazda for their continued support of the Charity.  Providing the car at a substantially reduced rate to us really does make a huge difference and means...

Could you take on the dragons in 2015?

Posted by on May 19th 2015 in business on board, Events, Fundraising, General charity

This event has now passed, but keep an eye on our events page for the latest news on Dragon Boat racing in Exeter.

Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) is set to hold its second Dragon Boat Festival on the River Exe on Sunday 27 September.  After such a fantastic maiden voyage last year, it has now truly earned a place in the Charity’s annual calendar.

DAAT Fundraising Director Caroline Creer said: “Our first Dragon Boat Festival last year was a great success and we know many of last year’s teams are looking forward to taking on the dragon again! A few of...

2015 Events in Devon with Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT)

Posted by on May 7th 2015 in Events

Devon Air Ambulance Trust don’t organise many events themselves, instead they mainly support the fantastic community of fundraisers across Devon with their own events.  Assistance with these events comes in many forms, from helping with PR (including social media and providing posters), to arranging for a Devon Air Ambulance Trust volunteer representative to attend.

There are a few key events that the Charity does organise every year in Devon, and we would love your support to make them even bigger and better this year!

Motorcycle Ride Out, 2015

One such event is an annual motorcycle ride out which takes motorcyclists on a marshalled journey through...

Flying high thanks to Devonshire Freemasons

Posted by on April 28th 2015 in Charity of the year, Events, Fundraising, General charity, General discussion

Flying high thanks to Devonshire Freemasons

Ian Kingsbury the Rt. Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire can be seen here presenting a cheque for £4,000 to Devon Air Ambulance Trust as part of an on-going relationship between Freemasons and the Air Ambulance Trusts throughout England and Wales.

Since 2007 Devonshire Freemasons have given in excess of £43,000 to the Charity as well as many of the 138 lodges situated throughout the county also giving individual donations making that figure more than £100,000 in total.

During that same period of time The Freemasons Grand Charity has donated over £1.6 Million to Air Ambulance Trusts throughout England and Wales.

Air Ambulance...

Onelife Training pledges support for Devons Air Ambulance charity staff

Posted by on April 15th 2015 in business on board, Charity of the year, Fundraising, General charity, Retail

Carole Johnson of Onelife

Devon Air Ambulance Trust is the Charity which raises the funds to keep Devon’s two Air Ambulances flying.  Although a Charity Heléna Holt, Chief Executive explained “To be a successful charity, no matter what size, it is essential that staff and volunteers receive the right training in order to run the Charity as effectively as possible.”

Carole Johnson, MD of Onelife Training UK Ltd said “My husband had a very bad accident but unfortunately it was out dealing with another incident at the time, so I know how important your service is in saving lives.

“Onelife Training UK Ltd is a local...



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