Devon Air Ambulance has received an increase in donations this morning with supporters from the affected community and beyond donating in recognition of the work of Devon Air Ambulance crews in the aftermath of a mass shooting in Keyham, Plymouth.

Crews treated patients at the scene, alongside Cornwall Air Ambulance and Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance and other emergency services.

Emergency services were called to Keyham, Plymouth shortly after 18:00 BST on Thursday 12 August, 2021, where crews from both Devon Air Ambulance aircraft treated patients.

Devon Air Ambulance’s clinical teams treated patients at the scene, and due to the proximity of Derriford Hospital, continued treatment en-route by land ambulance.

Devon Air Ambulance crews frequently work in challenging circumstances, but due to the nature of this incident and treating multiple patients, last night’s operation was exceptional.

Messages of support have been coming into the charity since the incident with one supporter and donor saying, ‘Thank you so much for everything you do - you deal with unspeakable situations with such dignity and grace.’

Head of Fundraising at Devon Air Ambulance, Sally Hilton, said:

We are very proud of our crews who respond to emergencies every day focused purely on using their clinical expertise to help people when they need it most.

We can’t do this, however, without our supporters who make this critical response possible through kind donations and by showing support. We would like to say a big thank you to supporters for rallying around.

Head of Communications at Devon Air Ambulance, Charlotte Leventis, added:

Last night’s unspeakable incident was tragic and shocking. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and the community of those affected.

The support the public has shown to Devon Air Ambulance in the aftermath, and their messages of support to our crews, has been very welcome. As a charity that is independent of Government funding, our crews are able to continue to serve patients in Devon and beyond only thanks to the support of the local communities we serve and to whom we are immensely grateful.

We continue to welcome donations in support of our service. 

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