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New Devon Air Ambulance Shop Opens in Bideford and relocation in Barnstaple

Posted by on April 18th 2017 in Fundraising, General charity, Retail

New Devon Air Ambulance Shop Opens in Bideford and relocation in Barnstaple

We are happy to announce that we have opened one new shop in Bideford and relocated our Barnstaple shop to larger premises. Like our other shops across the county, both premises sell quality second-hand goods and apart from a full time paid manager and part-time assistant manager they are all staffed by volunteers. Why not drop in and take a look at what they have to offer?

You can find our Barnstaple shop at: 73/74 Boutport Street, Barnstaple. Their opening hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Our Bideford shop is located at: 8, The Quay, Bideford. Opening hours are...

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...

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...

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”....

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...

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...

Free fireworks display and New Yearâ??s Eve party in support of Devon Air Ambulance

Posted by on December 21st 2016 in Events, Fundraising, General charity

Free fireworks display and New Yearâ??s Eve party in support of Devon Air Ambulance

Party-goers from Devon looking for a New Year’s Eve event to attend are invited to The Jubilee Inn, near South Molton, for a night of celebrations including free fireworks’ display at midnight and music and dancing throughout the evening to help raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance (DAA).

Claire Sellar-Elliott, who co-owns the country inn, restaurant and boutique hotel at West Anstey, with Executive Chef, Sam Salway, said: “We’re holding the event on December 31 to help say ‘thank you’ to all our regular customers and are also hoping that in return for the free entertainment, which includes a...

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