Seaton night landing site for air ambulance up and running

PUBLISHED: 07:01 08 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:28 11 December 2018

Seaton mayor Peter Burrows with air ambulance and cricket club officials along with fundraisers at the new helicopter night landing site. Picture: DAAT

Seaton mayor Peter Burrows with air ambulance and cricket club officials along with fundraisers at the new helicopter night landing site. Picture: DAAT


Flying medics can now put down at the cricket club ground after funds are raised for floodlights

Seaton Cricket Club hosted a tea party to officially open the new Devon Air Ambulance Night Landing Site at its Court Lane ground.

Representatives of the town council and the flying medics attended the launch on Saturday, December 1, along with members of the club and local people who donated their time and energy to fundraising for the project.

The new community landing site was funded by the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) with help from the local community and the town council which pledged £1,000.

The site allow year-round, after dark missions to be flown to increase the life-saving capacity of DAAT.

Former Seaton Cricket Club chairman Chris Gamwell was instrumental in bringing the landing site to the club. He said: “Seaton Cricket Club has seen the Air Ambulance land on the outfield many times over the years during daylight hours, so it seemed a logical next step to enable night landings to take place here too.”

Former Seaton town councillor and cricket club member Martin Pigott thanked those who had raised the funds to enable the installation of the floodlighting needed for night landings to take place.

He said: “We’d like to thank Guy Sweetman from East Devon Sports therapy and the Seaton Freemasons for their significant donations. Thanks also go to the team of runners, headed up by Amy Catley, who braved the Grizzly Run in last year’s snow to raise much needed funds.”

Other donations have been made by Seaton Probus Club, the Seaton Development Trust and the Axe Valley Runners who donated £200 to the council towards the lighting fund as a thank you for allowing them to use The Marshlands Centre during the Grizzly Run.

The new floodlights will enable the Air Ambulance to fly after nightfall until 2am with the hope in the future to offer a 24-hour service.

* Amy Catley, whose father owes his life to the speed of the air ambulance, was keen to raise money so encouraged her running friends - Emma Grigg, Hayley Eate, Lauren Kerr and Suzy Eul-Brown - to take part in The Grizzly race earlier this year. Through sponsorship they raised a fantastic £2,696.07.

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