This week we received a call from one of our Dartmouth supporters who was curious about what receipt of the government funding announced in the Autumn Budget could mean for Air Ambulance charities.

On Monday the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced that £10m would be allocated to Air Ambulance charities in England to support their work providing emergency care to some of the most vulnerable and time-critical patients. 

No details are yet known about how the sum will be distributed and when or against what criteria, other than the money will be for capital expenditure on assets, such as vehicles or premises, rather than day-to-day operating costs. 

“Any recognition of the crucial service Air Ambulances provide is always welcome,' says Devon Air Ambulance Chief Executive, Heléna Holt. 'We look forward to learning more about what this unexpected sum could mean in due course.  However, supporters can rest assured that even if we are successful in securing some of the funds, this will not impact on our independence.  We are and will remain a service run by and for the people of Devon who make all that we do possible."

Follow our news page and social channels for updates about the allocation as we hear them. If you would like to help support our helicopters then you can help in a number of ways. Find out more about ways to donate, or lend your time as a volunteer