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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...

4 Reasons Why You Should Send eCards This Christmas

Posted by on December 1st 2016 in Fundraising, General charity

4 Reasons Why You Should Send eCards This Christmas

The nights are drawing in, the air is chilly, and Christmas is nearly here! So, if you haven’t got your Christmas cards sorted yet, the clock is ticking! However, if you don’t fancy navigating your way through the crowded shops and spending a fortune on stamps, we have a better solution. Here are 4 reasons why you should send eCards this Christmas.


1.It Will Save You Some Pounds

Traditional Christmas cards can be pretty expensive- especially when you consider that you’re essentially paying for a piece of cardboard with a nice design! Buying a few isn’t too bad, but if you’re sending cards...

Devon Air Ambulance awarded Libor (Banking Fines) Fund Grant

Posted by on November 23rd 2016 in General charity, General discussion, Operational

Devon Air Ambulance night flying

It was announced in the Autumn Statement by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP today that further grants were being made from the Libor (Bank Fines) Fund to emergency services charities.  Devon Air Ambulance are delighted to announce that £1 million has been awarded to facilitate night landing sites.

Heléna Holt, CEO of Devon Air Ambulance explains “We applied for a £1 million grant on behalf of the Devon community, to assist in funding community landing sites across the county. We were so pleased to hear this morning that we had been awarded the grant.”


Night Flying and Community Landings

Posted by on October 10th 2016 in General charity, Operational

Night Flying and Community Landings

This time of year the nights are drawing in, but we’re delighted to say that the Devon Air Ambulance service won’t be! Thanks to the help of communities and organisations across Devon, we are now able to start flying into the hours of darkness. So, why is night flying important and how has it been achieved?


Why Night Flying?

Devon Air Ambulance has been operating for over 20 years, helping people in need of urgent medical support who often can’t be reached quickly enough by road. Our air ambulances can reach people across the whole of Devon in just minutes, even in...

Air Ambulance challenges Devon businesses to tame the dragons

Posted by on September 9th 2016 in business on board, Charity of the year, Events, Fundraising, General charity

Air Ambulance challenges Devon businesses to tame the dragons

Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) is to hold its third Dragon Boat Festival on the River Exe on Sunday 25 September and is calling on businesses across the county to enter this colourful and exciting team event.

Boats with their traditional Chinese dragon mastheads hold 16-18 kayak-style paddlers, plus a helmsman to steer and a drummer to pace the crew.  They race in heats along the spectator-friendly Exeter Quayside until two are left to compete in the final. 

DAA Fundraising Director Caroline Creer said: “It’s a noisy and frenetic spectacle with lots of drum-banging, splashing and shouting as teams urge their crewmates on....

Bake off for take off - get baking

Posted by on September 9th 2016 in Events, Fundraising, General charity

Bake off for take off

Fundraisers at Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) are anticipating that National Air Ambulance Week later this month will be a good time to take advantage of the country’s current obsession with baking.

The Charity has launched its own ‘Bake off for take off’ campaign encouraging supporters to get into the kitchen, break out the flour, eggs, icing sugar and piping bags and get baking for a good cause.

Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director at DAA said: “We always want fundraising efforts to be fun and what better way to enjoy yourself while making money than trying your hand at baking.  The huge success of...

Are you celebrating 25 years in 2017?

Posted by on September 1st 2016 in Charity of the year, Events, Fundraising, General charity

Are you celebrating 25 years in 2017?

Will your business be celebrating a 25th anniversary next year? Maybe you have a 25th wedding anniversary or you’ll be 25 years old?

On its birthday this year Devon Air Ambulance will be launching its ‘Say it with Silver’ campaign, looking for anyone celebrating a 25th next year to get in touch and pledge support to raise funds for the Charity.

Heléna Holt, CEO of Devon Air Ambulance said “On 27 August 2017 we will be celebrating 25 years of service to the county.  Why not get involved?  You don’t have a 25th celebration next year. You could help us celebrate ours by...

BBC Casualty 30th anniversary episode

Posted by on August 27th 2016 in General charity, General discussion

Tonight BBC One’s popular medical drama ‘Casualty’ will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a special feature length edition.  This programme will show an air ambulance crashing into the emergency department after a drone hits the tail rotor. 

The scenes/storyline are of course produced for dramatic effect. However, Devon Air Ambulance is very aware of the increase in the popularity and use of drones. This increase is a concern for the aviation industry as some people may be unaware of the rules regarding the flying of drones or, in some cases, ignoring them completely. Drones should never be flown near another aircraft,...

A heartfelt thank you

Posted by on June 21st 2016 in General charity, Patients

Kate meets paramedic Glenn at Eaglescott

Kate was sadly born with six holes in her heart, but didn’t find this out until she had a stroke at age 39 and then suffered a variety of serious and life threatening conditions such as Ventricular Tachycardia (racing heart beat), Atrial Fibrillation (which causes the heart to beat irregularly causing tiredness, dizziness and shortness of breath), as well as Ventricular Fibrillation (where the heart goes into spasm and stops beating ). The severity of the symptoms of these conditions resulted in Kate having several collapses and blackouts. Between 2006 and 2013, Kate describes having being airlifted from Bude “on...

Only three weeks until Devon Air Ambulance's much anticipated Motorcycle Ride Out

Posted by on June 19th 2016 in Events, Fundraising, General charity

Only three weeks until Devon Air Ambulance's much anticipated Motorcycle Ride Out

Devon Air Ambulance’s (DAA) Motorcycle Ride Out returns for its 11th year on Sunday 10th July 2016. This event is one of the great annual events in the bikers' calendar; not only does it bring together the riding community of Devon but it is also a great way for bikers to support DAA.

The Ride Out will start at Trago Mills, Newton Abbot, from where the motorbikes will form a procession and follow a route of approximately 85 miles through the stunning Devon countryside before reaching the end destination of Dawlish Warren where DAA will host an Afternoon of Live Entertainment; complete with refreshments,...

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