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New look for Devon Air Ambulance Lottery as membership soars to over 35,000

Posted by on March 9th 2016 in Fundraising, General charity, Lottery

DAA Lottery reaches 35000

Fundraisers at Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) are celebrating after its in-house Lottery membership soared past the 35,000 membership mark on last Friday.

The DAA Lottery was launched in 2001 and in 2015 it contributed sales over £1.6 million to the charity which is funded solely by donations from the general public and local businesses. To date it has contributed in excess of £12 million to the cause clearly demonstrating its significance to DAA’s fundraising target of £5.5 million every year.

DAA Fundraising Director Caroline Creer said: “Our Lottery is run in-house at DAA’s headquarters and supported by a group of dedicated canvassers...

National Employee Appreciation Day

Posted by on March 4th 2016 in General charity

Helena Holt CEO of Devon Air Ambulance

It's National Appreciation Day!

As CEO of Devon Air Ambulance Trust I’d like to think that myself and my Senior Leadership Team appreciate our fantastic staff each and every day. 

However as it’s National Employee Appreciation Day today it’s a great opportunity to say a huge public ‘thank you’ to our amazing team. 

The high profile side of our work is what many people see and relate to us of course. However our service simply wouldn’t operate without the whole team; from finance, engineering, operational, pr and marketing, pilots and paramedics to lottery, fundraising and retail.  

A Great Way to Give

Posted by on February 17th 2016 in General charity, Retail

Caroline Ryan has been dropping off donations to Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT)’s Topsham shop since 2009, and little did she know what a difference she would be making by having the occasional clear out.

To date, Caroline’s donated items have raised £890.50 and with the Gift Aid claimed, well over £1000 for the Charity.

Caroline says, “I have a clear out every now and then. I recently had a declutter of the house and was pleased to know that items I no longer had use for could find a good home elsewhere by donating. It also makes it easier to pass...

Will writing services

Posted by on December 29th 2015 in General charity, General discussion

We have recently received calls from members of the public and supporters about a team of ‘Air Ambulance’ canvassers operating in the Devon area. These canvassers are offering a will writing service in exchange for a charitable donation.  Some callers were under the impression that they had made a donation to Devon Air Ambulance. We would like to take this opportunity to clarify that these canvassers do not represent Devon Air Ambulance Trust nor will any charitable donation be received by us.

Devon Air Ambulance Trust is proud to be a member of the Fundraising Standards Board meaning we have made...

Retired pilot Rob Mackie takes on new role

Posted by on December 16th 2015 in General charity, Operational

Retired pilot Rob Mackie takes on new role

What do I do now?
When I retired from operational flying for the Devon Air Ambulance in September 2015, I did wonder initially what I was going to do next!

However, DAAT had been awarded their own Air Operators Certificate (AOC) in 2014 and one of my roles at that time was Safety Manager. This was a job I loved, having lots of interest in flight safety, and that seemed the ideal role for me to continue in. As I have a lot of experience in that field it also meant I was able to share that experience with colleagues and...

Interview with Ambrose Bear

Posted by on November 11th 2015 in Events, Fundraising, General charity

Interview with Ambrose Bear

Ambrose is one of our much-loved mascots. Daat's very own paramedic bear sat down with the best bear-growl translator to share with us what he got up to in his fun-filled summer…

What did you get up to this summer Ambrose?


This summer was a busy one! I attended agricultural shows, other summer events, and even played crazy golf at Ladram Bay. I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t win, but I still had tons of fun!



What were some of the highlights?

I have to admit… I love to dance, so any opportunity to boogie on stage is the best! This year, I...

You can now support Devon Air Ambulance by setting up a direct debit online

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

You can now support Devon Air Ambulance by setting up a direct debit online

Would you like to make a difference and donate to Devon Air Ambulance Trust on a regular basis to help keep your Air Ambulances flying?  Well now you can, by setting up a Direct Debit.  Even better you can do it online via the Charity’s website at

You may wish to make a small donation every month, quarter, or on an annual basis. Setting up a Direct Debit means that it’s all done automatically via your Bank for you.

Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said “We’re delighted to be working with SmartDebit who have been working with...

5 Halloween Fundraising Ideas for the Office

Posted by on October 28th 2015 in Fundraising, General charity

With that time of the year looming upon us once again, whoever said that Halloween was just for kids? Halloween is a great excuse to do something different in the office, have a bit of fun, and raise a bit of money for charity at the same time. To get you started we have put together a few ideas that you and the office can try out this year…


  1. Sponsored Zombi-thon

Ever imagined what a zombie apocalypse would look like in your office? If the answer is “yes” then here is your chance to witness it first-hand. Encourage all members of the...

Exeter Airbase Visit Testimonials

Posted by on October 21st 2015 in business on board, Charity of the year, Fundraising, General charity, Patients

Exeter Airbase Visit Testimonials

On rare occasions we are able to get some of our patients, outstanding fundraisers and volunteers together to visit our airbases and learn more about the service they have needed to use, or are supporting in some way. Due to patient confidentiality, we don't know who we airlift, so when our patients get in touch, we are fortunately able to offer them a visit to see the helicopter and meet the crew under far more controlled conditions. 

Here are just a couple of examples of the experiences our patients and supporters had at a recent visit to our Exeter Airbase: 


“It was...

Charity CEO recognised in National Awards

Posted by on October 15th 2015 in business on board, Fundraising, General charity

Charity CEO recognised in National Awards

Heléna Holt, CEO of Devon Air Ambulance Trust, last night received national recognition when she picked up the first runner up prize in the ‘Boss of the Year’ category at the Executive PA Magazine Annual Awards held at the Institute of Directors in London.

Heléna said “I was honoured to have been nominated by my Executive Assistant Melanie Stevens for this prestigious national award.  I never imagined I would be shortlisted, let alone be the first runner up.”

Melanie Stevens added “We spend such a lot of time at work that to have a good working relationship with your boss, especially in...

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