Devon Air Ambulance boosted by donation from South West
18 November 2022
Devon Air Ambulance has received the backing from South West region.
The money comes through our Community Champions scheme, which donates up to £64,000 every month to good causes across Great Britain.
Devon Air Ambulance provides a vital service across the county, with two emergency helicopters delivering expert time-critical care to patients wherever they may be.
The organisation also has two critical care cars, which enable clinicians to reach more urban, built-up areas swiftly and remain operational when poor weather or essential maintenance prevents the aircraft from flying.
Commenting on the donation, Devon Air Ambulance’s corporate engagement and lottery manager, Tracy Owen, said:
“We are extremely grateful to Persimmon Homes South West for this generous donation. Our life-saving crew travel the length and breadth of Devon and beyond, carrying an essential critical care kit whether they arrive by land or by air.
“One vital piece of equipment within the kit is the Laryngoscope. When oxygen can’t reach a patient’s lungs, this is used to correctly place a tube into the patient’s windpipe to help manage their airway.
“Our current laryngoscopes now require replacement after six years of service and ideally, we'd like to be able to purchase four – one for each mode of transport to ensure that whichever way our crew responds to an emergency, they will always have the best equipment to hand to help save the patient’s life.
“The sponsorship from Persimmon is very warmly received and will make a significant difference to our fundraising target."
Stacey Harris, sales director for South West, said:
“Devon Air Ambulance is an incredible organisation, which goes above and beyond each and every day to help people across the county.
“Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative is all about supporting the communities and people in which we build, and we are delighted to be able to support the local life-saving team.
“We have a long-standing presence in Devon and not only are we proud to provide homes for first-time buyers and young families, we are also determined to give back to key community groups.
“We’re delighted to support Devon Air Ambulance and thank them for their outstanding service to our local communities.”