Devon Air Ambulance given grant for new separation screen

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 June 2020 | UPDATED: 14:35 15 June 2020

The Devon Air Ambulance. Picture: DAA

The Devon Air Ambulance. Picture: DAA

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Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) will receive a £9,800 grant to make its helicopters safer during the battle against Covid-19.

Inside the Devon Air Ambulance. Picture: DAAInside the Devon Air Ambulance. Picture: DAA

The money was awarded by the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and is part of a £161,468 fund to be given to air ambulances in the UK. The cash given to the Devon unit will be spent on a new separation screen that is required between the front and rear sections of the aircraft.

Caroline Creer, fundraising and communications director of DAA said:

“We are so grateful to the Lions Clubs for their continued support and for this grant equating to £9,660 which enables us to pay for separation screens on board our two aircraft.”

“This truly does make a huge difference to our service and enable us to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our pilots, paramedics and patients through challenging times.” 

South West Lions Clubs’ district governor Jim Partridge-Hogbin, of Seaton, said: “We know that air ambulance charities have been busier than ever during the Coronavirus pandemic.

“They’ve faced considerable extra, unbudgeted day-to-day costs, at the same time as lockdown has affected fund-raising. Now, thanks to an emergency COVID-19 relief grant from the Lions Clubs International Foundation in the US, we can provide immediate support for this emergency service that touches lives in all our local communities.

“Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic the charity’s events have been cancelled, normal community fundraising has ceased and their 19 charity shops have had to be closed.

“This means that the ongoing support of both community organisations such as the Lions Club, as well as businesses, communities and friends of Devon are needed more than ever.”

To find out more about Devon Air Ambulance or make a donation, please visit daa.org 

Elsewhere, the Cornwall Air Ambulance will receive £4,560 to purchase two UV decontamination chambers and the Great Western Air Ambulance will receive £8,079 to purchase a thermal screening camera and monitoring system, together with an iPad Pro.

The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance will not receive a grant because they started working with Public Health England and suppliers of Covid-19 protection equipment by testing it at a very early stage, so their needs have already been met via this collaboration.


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