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Tom Walks Wild as thanks for saving his sister's life

Posted by on January 9th 2018 in Fundraising, Patients

Tom on the North Yorkshire Moors

On the morning of 16th January 2016, 21 year old Katie Backhouse left her home in Kingsteignton to make her way to work at the Haldon Forest Diner. It was the first icy day Devon had suffered in a while and Katie texted her boyfriend a photo of her car temperature gauge showing -1°c before setting off.? 

That morning Katie didn’t make it to the Diner. At around 7:50am, between the A380 and A38 - on a journey Katie had done many times before - her car skidded on black ice and careered off the road. ? 

When Katie failed to show for work, a member of...

Cheese and wine evening raises over £5,000 for Devon Air Ambulance

Posted by on October 24th 2017 in Fundraising, Patients

Cheese and wine evening raises over £5,000 for Devon Air Ambulance

Supporters Pauline & Kenneth Govier, raised an impressive £5,606 for Devon Air Ambulance when they organised a cheese and wine evening at their local village hall in September 2017.

The evening, which comprised of live music performed by singer Sarah Randle along with an auction of donations which were put under the hammer by auctioner Paul Heard of Heard RPS, was a great success with over 90 people in attendance.

Kenneth Govier, who chose to support Devon Air Ambulance after he was airlifted in December 2012 following a cardiac arrest, stated “We would like to thank...

Cycling Challenge; One woman’s mission to thank three charities that helped save her life

Posted by on August 10th 2017 in Fundraising, Patients

Cycling Challenge; One woman’s mission to thank three charities that helped save her life

On the 18th August 2017, Eleanor Browne will be setting off from Plymouth, on a solo cycling challenge all the way to Bristol. After a near-fatal paragliding accident in 2014, this cycle challenge will highlight the excellent work of three charities that saved Eleanor’s life and helped her learn to walk again; Devon Air Ambulance (DAA), Plym Neurological Rehab Unit, and the Southmead Hospital Intensive Care Unit in Bristol.

Eleanor will set off from the Plym Neurological Rehab Unit at Mount Gould Hospital on 18th August, cheered on by some of the staff that treated her during...

When volunteering pays off

Posted by on June 5th 2017 in Patients, Volunteering

When volunteering pays off

Margaret and Jeff Lilley are volunteers in Totnes who have been donating their time to the DAA since Feb 2015. Little did they know that two years later the Devon Air Ambulance would be airlifting their 8-year-old grandson Ryan Lilley to Derriford Hospital following a scooter accident.

Margaret originally started volunteering at our Totnes shop after seeing a poster at the local hospice she worked at and thought it might be a nice way to meet new people. When Jeff retired from his 43 years in road maintenance he joined the volunteer team too. They both agree...

Father raises funds for Devon Air Ambulance after son defies the odds with cliff fall

Posted by on May 11th 2017 in Fundraising, Patients

Father raises funds for Devon Air Ambulance after son defies the odds with cliff fall

A dad-of-two will be using pedal power to travel the whole length of the country to raise money for Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) after they came to the rescue of his seven-year-old son.

Paul Shehean, 38, from Oldland Common, Bristol, was on holiday last summer in Newton Ferrers, South Devon, when his son, Finley, lost his footing and stumbled over the edge of a cliff face, falling 15 to 20 feet onto jagged rocks below.

Due to quick thinking from Paul who made the frantic scramble down to the foot of the cliff, while his wife, Kate, managed to...

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...

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...

Tom Backhouse walks wild for Devon Air Ambulance

Posted by on February 8th 2017 in Fundraising, General discussion, Patients

Tom Backhouse walks wild for Devon Air Ambulance

Throughout 2017 our supporter Tom Backhouse will be walking the length of the 15 UK National Parks to raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance. Tom was inspired to fundraise for Devon Air Ambulance after his sister Kate was airlifted in 2016.

In Tom's own words:

The past 12 months has been one of changing perspectives. Difficult times personally and professionally culminated in learning things about myself and what makes me feel fulfilled and successful. Growing up, if you were to ask me what the benefits of owning your business were, I would of very likely replied 'power and money', however,...

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...

Family barbecue ends in disaster

Posted by on December 2nd 2016 in Patients

Family barbecue ends in disaster

Usually an overcooked sausage is the worst thing that can go wrong on a family barbecue...

The summer of 2016 was great for long, warm days and balmy evenings – just right for families and friends to gather for barbecues. Such was the occasion for Simon Griffin and his family when they were planning an afternoon get together at his mum’s house in Paignton on August Bank Holiday weekend. 

Simon and his brother had gone on ahead of their families to ‘get the barbecue going’.  Struggling to get a good flame and in order to speed things up, Simon added methylated spirits. ...



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