Devon Air Ambulance appeal smashes target

PUBLISHED: 18:40 24 January 2012

Devon Air Ambulance at Eaglescott airbase for the handing over of £725,000 raised by BBC Radio Devon listeners

Devon Air Ambulance at Eaglescott airbase for the handing over of £725,000 raised by BBC Radio Devon listeners

Peter Stephens Photography

Second owned helicopter for DAAT after radio appeal raises £725,000

AN appeal to raise enough to buy a second helicopter for Devon Air Ambulance has smashed its £600,000 target.

On Friday, local radio presenter and broadcaster Judi Spiers presented a cheque for £725,000 to Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) chief executive Heléna Holt and operations manager Nigel Hare.

Heléna said: “It’s an amazing achievement and one we are extremely proud of.”

She thanked BBC Radio Devon and its listeners for their hard work over two years and said: “Because of this appeal, Devon will be taking delivery of a second owned helicopter in August 2013.”

Owning, instead of leasing a helicopter will save the charity £12,000 a month, so the trust can look at additional development of the service, including flying longer hours.

Attending the special celebration were fundraisers and donors, charity staff and volunteers as well as presenters and staff from the radio station.

The South (formerly The Beautiful South) performed during the celebrations.


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