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7 ways to make a difference in 2018

Posted by on December 20th 2017 in General charity, General discussion, Uncategorised

The Commando Challenge is one of the most popular events on the Devon Air Ambulance calendar

Midnight has chimed, the Hootenanny is over, the fireworks have finished and everyone’s just about managed to stumble their way through Auld Lang Syne. Not long after all this, thoughts turn to New Year’s resolutions…

There’s a lot of pressure to create a ‘new you’; a fitter you, a more accomplished you – someone who will shed their winter pounds within weeks and stays calm in traffic. But at Devon Air Ambulance we don’t think you need to create a ‘better’ you to make the most of the fresh year ahead. To us it’s more about embracing the best parts of yourself...

Giving Tuesday

Posted by on November 20th 2017 in Events, Fundraising, General discussion, Lottery, Retail

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is your opportunity to pledge your support to Devon Air Ambulance, by being part of a global day of giving something back.

Giving Tuesday immediately follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so after doing some early Christmas shopping or buying yourself something special, you can give something back to your local community. Giving Tuesday is a day all about supporting a special charity and we think we fit the bill.

As an independent charity, we rely wholly on the generosity of people, businesses and the communities of Devon to raise the vital funds needed to keep our helicopters airborne. It...

How Technology has changed over the past 25 years.

Posted by on August 25th 2017 in General discussion

How Technology has changed over the past 25 years.

 

Devon Air Ambulance is delighted to be celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Twenty five years ago on 27 August 1992 our first mission was flown.  At this time our aircrew only flew five days a week. Since then we have continued to make great strides as a service putting us in a position where we are now able to reach any emergency situation in the county quickly; from the moors to the shores.

We are celebrating our 25th Anniversary with our ‘Say it with Silver’ campaign which is helping to raise the vital funds needed to keep Devon’s Air Ambulances flying and...

The Top 5 Cake Ideas for 2017’s Bake Off for Take Off

Posted by on July 28th 2017 in Events, Fundraising, General charity, General discussion

The Top 5 Cake Ideas for 2017’s Bake Off for Take Off

If you’ve been baking masterpieces your whole life, or have never cracked an egg but love decadent pudding, we have the perfect event for you!

With National Air Ambulance Week from the 11-17th of September, Devon Air Ambulance is helping you to organise your very own “Bake Off for Take Off” event during this week to help raise funds to support the charity.

Whether it’s a coffee morning at the office, a school bake sale, or just at home with friends, we want to help you plan and host your own cake event. For those excited to get baking, we’ve come up with...

Reserves Day 2017

Posted by on June 20th 2017 in General discussion

Reserves Day 2017

Reserves Day is on Wednesday 21st June, in honour of the reservists who give up their spare time to serve in the Forces. Reservists make up approximately 1/6 of Armed Forces personnel, and are essential for supporting military operations across the world. As well as reservists, Saturday 24th June marks Armed Forces Day, and aims to celebrate the wider armed forces community, including cadets, Service families and veterans.

With these two important occasions approaching, we want to show our support and appreciation for everyone at Devon Air Ambulance, from volunteers to aircrew and staff, who has served in the Reserve Forces...

Why Devon Air Ambulance has not paid the Fundraising Regulator Levy

Posted by on June 14th 2017 in Fundraising, General charity, General discussion

Why Devon Air Ambulance has not paid the Fundraising Regulator Levy
Why Devon Air Ambulance has not paid the Fundraising Regulator Levy

By Heléna Holt, Chief Executive, Devon Air Ambulance

On 1st November 2016, we received an email from the newly formed Fundraising Regulator asking us to pay a voluntary levy in order to fund their operating costs.  The email made it clear that there is currently no legal requirement to pay this levy although it explained that the government “took reserve powers in the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 to enforce payment of the levy should that become necessary.”

On 10th November 2016 we received an invoice for £1500 for this...

Virtual reality expert gifts Air Ambulance 360 degree tour

Posted by on May 8th 2017 in business on board, Fundraising, General charity, General discussion, Patients

Virtual reality expert gifts Air Ambulance 360 degree tour

A businessman who specialises in virtual reality (VR) walk-throughs for property sales has used his state-of the-art technology to create a virtual tour of Devon Air Ambulance’s (DAA) emergency helicopter and hangar at the charity’s Eaglescott air base.

Noel Sexton who runs based Somerset based View It 360 providing VR Solutions for businesses from London to Truro, has donated the VR tour to thank DAA for the role in getting his new born son Callum to hospital after he suffered severe breathing difficulties and was turning blue.

Although the incident happened 11 years ago, it was when Noel set up his VR...

Devon Air Ambulance proud of its openness and transparency

Posted by on May 4th 2017 in Fundraising, General charity, General discussion, Volunteering

Cara Jones, Volunteer Manager

Devon Air Ambulance would once again like to take an opportunity to promote its ‘Supporter Promise’ at the same time as welcoming new Volunteer Manager, Cara Jones (pictured right), to its team to support over 430 amazing volunteers.

After receiving questions on whether it pays its volunteers a cut of monies they collect, Fundraising Director Caroline Creer says “All our amazing volunteers donate their time and efforts day in, day out.  They could be attending events, working in one of our 17 charity shops, collecting boxes or picking up a cheque at a presentation.”

She added “We’ve been asked a lot recently if we pay commission...

Devon Air Ambulance highly commended in Apprenticeship Awards

Posted by on April 25th 2017 in General charity, General discussion

Devon Air Ambulance highly commended in Apprenticeship Awards

Devon Air Ambulance is passionate about investing in their staff.  They believe that the team can only be as good as its skill sets, so actively encourages its entire staff to undertake training and development to help them carry out their roles to the best of their ability. 

Recently the Charity was nominated for the Education and Training Skills Employer of the Year Award by Catherine Walker, Fundraising Administration Assistant.  The Annual Apprentice and Employer of the year Awards ceremony is held during National Apprenticeships Week, which was also celebrating ten years of the National Apprenticeships Scheme.

Catherine said “I joined Devon...

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.



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