Sidmouth mother who started DAA visits new helicopter

PUBLISHED: 11:30 21 August 2013

Ann Thomas, who initially started the Ceri Thomas appeal which led to the Devon Air Ambulance is pictured with the new Air Ambulance helicopter with her daughter and Ceri's sister Sarah Latour and her children Lily and GeorgiePhoto by Simon Horn. Ref shs 6207-32-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.

Ann Thomas, who initially started the Ceri Thomas appeal which led to the Devon Air Ambulance is pictured with the new Air Ambulance helicopter with her daughter and Ceri's sister Sarah Latour and her children Lily and GeorgiePhoto by Simon Horn. Ref shs 6207-32-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.

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The Sidmouth woman whose son’s tragic death led to the establishment of Devon Air Ambulance was on the scene when the charity’s second helicopter was unveiled.

Ann Thomas, who started an appeal after an accident which claimed the life of Ceri, travelled from her Cayman Islands home specially to see the new custom aircraft.

She said she was ‘absolutely delighted’ that the charity has come so far in 21 years, and knows that her son would also have been proud.

Ceri died after being knocked off his bike in Sidbury.

Ann was told that time was of the essence, so she started the appeal that funded the first air ambulance.

The second helicopter was funded through public support from the residents of Devon, who got the chance to get close to it in Exmouth last week.


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