Who Are Devon Air Ambulance?
In time critical situations, getting the specialist skills of Devon Air Ambulance’s Critical Care Paramedics to patients as quickly as possible is paramount. The two emergency helicopters enable paramedics to deliver expert critical care to patients, wherever in Devon they may be.
When poor weather or essential maintenance prevents the aircraft from flying, Devon Air Ambulance has two Critical Care Cars which offer the same specialist service. These emergency vehicles are adapted to contain all the same life-saving equipment as you would find on board the air ambulance and are especially useful in built-up areas where landing sites for helicopters may be difficult to find.
The charity is 100% independent of Government and National Lottery funding. Their running costs are met entirely thanks to the generosity of the kind people of Devon who choose Devon Air Ambulance as their charity and support them in many ways.
History of the Charity
Established in 1987, the charity was founded by Ann Thomas whose son, Ceri, tragically died in 1986 after being knocked from his bike. When she asked the consultant what might have saved her son, she was told that the quicker treatment is received, the better the chances of survival. This led Ann to launch the Ceri Thomas Appeal to raise funds for an Air Ambulance service in Devon.
More About the Service
Devon Air Ambulance is privileged to be well supported by over 600 volunteers who donate their time and skills. This is done through fundraising events and in the charity shops across the county, through box collecting, working at the head office and giving talks to local businesses, community groups and schools.
There are now over 160 live Community Landing Sites across Devon, which have helped make it possible to reach patients during the hours of darkness by providing the appropriately floodlit locations that can be activated remotely so the helicopters can land safely.
Devon Air Ambulance were our charity poll winners back in September 2019, winning a donation of £149.34. We're delighted to be welcoming them back for February 2021, and you can show your support for them by casting your vote today! Find out more about their work at www.daat.org.