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The Sky’s the Limit!

Winter 2012 | Issue 3

Cornwall Air Ambulance Newsletter Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, Trevithick Downs, Newquay, Cornwall TR8 4DY Tel: 01637 889926 Email: enquiries@cornwallairambulancetrust.org

Our mini supporters of the future! We have had a fantastic result from a recent project we have been working on to encourage local schools and nurseries to fundraise for us. At the beginning of the school term we sent out education packs to schools in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with case studies of some of the children we have rescued and offered to go in and either do an assembly or teach a lesson (for example on map skills or geography) and give the children a chance to try on the pilots helmet, a flying suit and learn more about the life saving work we do. The education packs have been designed by Ruby and Chulley from Falmouth University College and Sainsburys in Truro kindly donated the postage and printing costs as part of us being their charity of the year. To encourage schools to support the charity, any schools which fundraise between now and the end of June 2013 will be entered into a draw for our helicopter to land at the school so the children have the chance to see the helicopter and meet the crew (if for some reason the helicopter cannot land at a school, the school will be invited in for a VIP tour of the airbase) The response has been fantastic with many schools already pledging to fundraise for Cornwall Air Ambulance and choose us as their charity of the year in 2013/2014. Several schools have already done non-uniform days, donated proceeds from their Harvest Festivals and organised school discos! If you work at a school and would like to book in a visit from Jackie then please call her on 01637 889926

Join us for Runway Runaround 2013 This Time It’s War – Sunday 24th March

We’re declaring war, and we want you to join us! Battle the winter blues. Beat your personal best. Or perhaps just combat those Christmas choccies! Whatever your reason, join us for Runway Runaround 2013: This Time It’s War! Last year, the sun shone as nearly 550 runners took part in the first ever Runway Runaround, raising over £18,000 to keep Cornwall’s Air Ambulance helicopter flying. This year, we want you to join us and make Runway Runaround even bigger and better than before. The new route will take you behind the wire at RAF St Mawgan and Newquay Cornwall Airport and on a stunning 10k or 4k run through Cornwall’s military history, past Cold War hangers, historic aircraft and World War II bomb bays. Runners will be rewarded with a pint of Doom Bar and a pasty to celebrate their achievement. Whether you’re a wannabe Mo Farah aiming to beat your PB, or more of an armchair athlete wanting to have a laugh with your friends in some fancy dress, come along and join us as we prepare for war. Register using the form on page 5, or go to www.cornwallairambulancetrust.org/runway to register online. For further information, call 01637 88 99 26.

Mission Count so far: 23,570

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust

@Cornwallairamb

www.cornwallairambulancetrust.org Registered Charity 1133295


From the Chief Executive... The winter season weather has arrived in Cornwall. Is it really that time of year already? It feels like we are flying at 135 knots towards the end of our fundraising year, and what a year it has been! The most important thing for me to say is thank you. Thank you very much, for keeping us flying for the past 25 years, and especially this year, when everyone has had to make their money go further. We really appreciate your loyalty and how much you value your air ambulance in Cornwall. We simply don’t fly without your support. It makes us very humble to think that every single mission has been funded by people just like you. In 2013, we are going to need even more fundraisers in our local communities to come on board. Visit our website for more info, or pick up a fundraising pack from our Newquay HQ and help us get a jam packed calendar of fundraising events up and down Cornwall right through next year. By working together, we can meet the challenge and keep saving lives right here in Cornwall. I wish I could write and say that we have hit our targets for the year, but unfortunately we are facing a shortfall. Most UK charities have experienced something like a 20% drop in donations this year, and despite the truly amazing effort and support from thousands of supporters in 2012, we are no exception. That’s why we are making a special appeal to ask you for a Christmas donation. If you can, please print or cut out the form on page 11 and use it to help us meet all of our flying costs this year. 25 years ago there was a massive campaign in the newspapers, with a coupon to cut out to give a regular donation to the air ambulance every month by standing order. Incredibly, 2,000 people still give £1 every month from that original appeal. Many have increased their regular giving over the years. You can use the form on page 11 to join in, and start regular giving now. If you are one of those who already donates a regular amount each month to this charity, we owe you a debt of gratitude. Regular giving can be so powerful. Imagine if 1,000 readers decided to give £1 every month, you could help us raise an extra £12,000 a year. Please don’t leave it to someone else. If you can join in, do it now, and lets sign off our 25th year stronger and more determined than ever to keep Cornwall’s life-saving air ambulance helicopter flying. On behalf of our fundraising team, the aircrew paramedics and our air lifted patients and their friends and family, thank you for making 2012 such a special 25th year

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Saving time and saving lives 365 days a year A big thank you to our paramedics Amy and Stuart and pilot Craig who are working on Christmas Day – it is nice to know that if anything dreadful happens over the festive period that the people in Cornwall and the Isles are Scilly are in safe hands!

Helping the children of Cornwall Cornwall’s air ambulance benefits everyone in the community, but each year our helicopter is used to quickly convey a number of children like Rudy (overleaf) to hospital. So far in 2012 we have been called out to 84 emergencies involving children, including 15 babies under 1 year old. 3 of the most seriously ill and injured children have been flown by Cornwall Air Ambulance to the specialist units at Frenchay in Bristol, in order to receive the emergency treatment they need as quickly as possible. Air crew paramedics and sometimes specialist consultants accompany the children en-route, and paramedic Amy Sainsbury says; “We tend to see many more critical cases involving children on the helicopter than on the road ambulances, which is why Cornwall’s air ambulance is just so important – particularly with some specialist units being over 2 hours away via road. One of the most satisfying parts of my job is when parents bring in their children (clutching their special air ambulance teddy bear which we give to them when we attend to them) after they have recovered to say thank you.” Incidents so far in 2012, include everything from convulsions to breathing difficulties or being run over as well as ‘every day’ incidents such as falling off a bunk bed or play equipment or a toddler pouring a cup of boiling water on themselves. These cases are just some of the reasons why we ask for your continued support to help keep our helicopter flying and equipped with the latest lifesaving technology.


Team Kili update Dear Cornwall Air Ambulance, On 3rd July 2010 at 12.24pm our son Rudy was born in a planned home birth in St Mabyn. He weighed an impressive 10lb 1 oz and was absolutely perfect. By 6.00pm his mother Alex was worried that he wasn’t feeding properly and seemed to be having breathing trouble. We called our wonderful midwife Layla and she came straight back, she also had the foresight to call for an ambulance too. We soon learnt that the Air Ambulance had also been dispatched. At this point Rudy had started turning blue and was becoming floppy and unresponsive. The paramedics arrived first, monitored Rudy’s heart rate and breathing and gave him oxygen. They were in touch with the air ambulance which was able to land a few hundred yards from our house in the playing field at the centre of the village. Alex and Rudy were taken straight to Treliske in the helicopter whilst my dad and I followed in the car. When they arrived at the hospital one of the helicopter crew took Rudy and ran without stopping to the Neo-Natal ward, whilst the other followed with Alex (and carried her hospital bag for her).

If we had £1 for every time we’ve heard the words ‘Wow – I’ve always wanted to do that’ in response to our Kilimanjaro trek, we could probably keep our helicopter flying for the next 6 months! The fact is that the thought of trekking to the roof of Africa is truly inspiring: an adventure of a lifetime that you simply cannot fail to be excited by. In less than 10 months’ time, a group of Cornwall Air Ambulance supporters will be climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. The good news? It’s not too late for you to be one of them! The expedition takes place in September 2013 and your eight day hike will take you from the foot of the mountain, through lush rainforest and across desert plateaus, passing flowing glaciers before reaching the snow-covered Uhuru Peak at 5,895 metres. The trek is open to anyone – so long as you’re over the age of 18 on the date of departure, have a real sense of adventure and a desire to help keep Cornwall Air Ambulance flying. We’re trying to create a real team spirit ahead of the climb, so that by the time we reach the mountain everyone already feels a true member of ‘Team Kili’. Alongside social events, we’re helping create that team spirit with joint fundraising events, including a number of supermarket bag packs to complement people’s individual fundraising – from coffee mornings and pie and ale nights to car boot sales and a number of slightly more unusual fundraising activities!

The paediatricians in the Neo-natal ward suspected a Streptococcus B infection in the lungs and we then found out that if Rudy had arrived even half an hour later the infection would most likely have spread to his bloodstream; the outcome at that point would not have been good. Rudy ended up being in an incubator the Neo-Natal ward for 10 days, whilst he was treated for the infection. During this time it was also discovered that he suffered from a rare (in babies) heart condition, Supraventricular Tachycardia, which caused his heart to race at up to 325bpm (almost three times the rate it should be). Rudy was prescribed medication and was seen by the lovely Doctor John Ellis as an a outpatient until earlier this year when the medication was stopped and he was officially discharged. Although we never saw them the staff on the ward told us that the helicopter crew had been in several times to find out how Rudy was doing, we were very touched that they had made time to do this.

One of our participants has signed up a former Sergeant Major to put him through his paces in the gym and on the Cornish coast path (eek!), one has held a mini triathlon event, whilst another (male) participant has developed a worrying penchant for wearing a female superhero outfit at supermarket bag packs! One incredibly brave/mad (*delete as appropriate) trekker has even signed up for the ToughGuy challenge in preparation. The eight mile assault course features waist-deep mud, pitch black tunnels, freezing water, fire pits and so on. I’m not sure how tough she thinks Kilimanjaro is going to be, but I really hope she’s wrong!

It is impossible to say how incredibly grateful we are to the Air Ambulance and its crew and it is no exaggeration to say that they saved the life of our little boy when he was only 6 hours old.

On a serious note, this truly will be the adventure of a lifetime, and what’s more, you’ll be raising money to keep Cornwall’s Air Ambulance helicopter flying. The sense of achievement will be incredible and the memories will last a lifetime.

Thank You from the bottom of my heart, Jago Silver

If you’re interested in finding out how you can join us and climb Kili for Cornwall, just email tom@cornwallairambulancetrust.org or call us on 01637 88 99 26 or go to www.cornwallairambulancetrust.org/kilimanjaro

It’s not too late to join in. The charity team are here to help you with your fundraising efforts, and as clichéd as it sounds: the rest of Team Kili really will welcome you (with open arms) to this disparate but brilliant group of fundraisers!

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Thank you for helping us to Fund a Flight (well several actually!) A BIG thank you to everyone who got behind our first ever Fund a Flight week back in September to celebrate National Air Ambulance Week. The campaign was backed nationally by Sir David Jason, The Sun and even featured on ITV’s Daybreak. Here in Cornwall and on the Isles of Scilly, individuals, local businesses and community groups, our charity shops and volunteers really got behind the week and helped to put the ‘fun’ into ‘fundraising’. During the week pretty much anything and everything went – from cross dressing to ‘tash for cash’ days to job swaps to car rallies. We are still counting the pennies but it looks as though the week made over £7500 which is fantastic, particularly considering it was our first time! Next year’s Fund a Flight Week is taking place between 23rd – 29th September so put the dates in your diary now and start thinking of fun ways you can help to fund future flights!

30 days, 2000 miles, £10,000 and a very sore bottom! We take our cycle helmets off to Jay House who is planning to cycle from one end of the country to the other – and back! Jay is aiming to complete the gruelling challenge in 30 days and hopes to raise £10,000 for Cornwall Air Ambulance in the process. Jay was airlifted by us with life threatening head injuries after being involved in a major bike crash in 1991 when he was only 14. Jay states; “If it was not for the quick response of medical teams and the Cornwall Air Ambulance getting me to the trauma unit at Treliske I would have most certainly died. I would like to try to repay the charity for saving my life and hope to raise enough money to help fund other lifesaving missions.” Jay will be setting off on his journey from our airbase on 1st March and is aiming to get back in time for us to celebrate our 26th birthday on 1st April. Jay has lots planned to help him reach his target including a bumper raffle (if you would like to buy tickets please contact Jay and he will personally deliver them to your house – which helps with his training too!)  and will be making several appearances at a supermarket near you! Please do follow Jay’s progress on his Facebook page www.facebook. com/HousieQuest and if you would like to help him reach his target then you can sponsor him online at www.virginmoneygiving.com/ HousiesQuest If Jay’s amazing challenge has inspired you then keep an eye out on our website for our forthcoming ‘Ride On’ Cornish cycle ride next May– details will be available Dreckley!

Did you know... ...collectively air ambulances are the busiest voluntary emergency services in the country?

Bottoms up! Over the years, visitors to the award-winning Camel Valley vineyard have helped fund 15 flying hours for our helicopter by opting to donate £1 to Cornwall Air Ambulance to upgrade their wine tour to enjoy a glass of Camel Valley’s famous sparkling wine. Camel Valley’s owners Bob Lindo and family were inspired to start fundraising for our charity after Bob’s daughter Esther was airlifted by the air ambulance back in 1994. Esther, then aged 14, was riding at Pencarrow Woods near Bodmin when her horse was startled by a pheasant and she was thrown off. The accident left her unconscious and Cornwall Air Ambulance flew her to Treliske hospital, unconscious and suffering a broken vertebra. Thankfully Esther made a slow but full recovery and Bob and his family decided to support the charity through their business as a way of thanks. Camel Valley’s latest donation of £2,000 brings their fundraising total over the years to around £9,000. It costs around £600 per hour in fuel costs to keep the air ambulance helicopter flying which means that their donation has funded 15 hours of flying. What a fantastic result!

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Thank you to everyone who has raised money or volunteered their time.

Congratulations to Edna Pomeroy who celebrated her 100th birthday and asked for donations in lieu of presents – we hope that you enjoyed your card from Her Majesty!

Bodmin Treatment Centre who instead of charging patients and visitors for refreshments ask for a donation instead resulting in raising over £700

Andyloos for supplying us with portaloos for free at several of our events throughout 2012, saving us over £2500!

Everest Windows in Bodmin for collecting £842 towards Paramedic Mark’s 6633 Extreme Ultra Marathon through their recent dress down days

Pirates of St Piran for holding up shoppers at Asda in St Austell and raising a brilliant £668.97 in the process

The Ship Inn in Mawgan nr Helston for raising a whopping £1290 during Fund a Flight week at their fundraising night

The Freemasons Grand Charity for their donation of £4000 – bringing their support to air ambulances around the country to just over £1m!

Chairman of Cornwall Council Pat Harvey for taking part in a Flo Rider and raising over £1,000

Lanlivery Vintage Rally Committee for raising an outstanding £4,500 at this years rally

Sailors Nightclub for raising £900 at their end of season Big Terry’s Bouncer’s Ball

Dobwalls Bowling Club raised £350 from their recent tournament

Bowood Golf Club for raising a fantastic £8,000

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Wow – what wonderful volunteers! Our volunteers are an amazing group of people who work tirelessly to help the charity raise funds and therefore save lives. Over the last year they have been seen front of house in our shops helping to serve customers or ‘out the back’ steaming and sorting the many donations that are received on a weekly basis. Then there are the people that help out with collections and deliveries of furniture plus those that are inputting data or even answering the many phone calls received at HQ. We have also run various events in this our 25th year and our trusty volunteers have stood out in all weathers to collect money and promote the charity. In total they have helped to save over £140,000 SO FAR this year. We couldn’t operate without their help and we thank them for all their continuing efforts.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

If you are interested in joining our volunteer team then please give Jackie, our volunteer coordinator a call on 01637 889926 or email Jackie@cornwallairambulancetrust.org for more information.

18th December – Morrisons, Bude 20th December – Sainsburys, Truro 20th December – ASDA St Austell 22nd December – Sainsburys, Truro 30th December – Sainsburys, Newquay 9th February – Sainsburys, Truro 17th March – Sainsburys Truro

The dream team! Tammy was looking for some voluntary work and happened to see an advert in the West Briton for office work at our headquarters. Tammy decided that she would like to volunteer for CAAT for a variety of reasons; she is presently looking for paid employment and sees the opportunity of using her skills for the charity in the office environment as important and keeping her ‘work ready’, also she thinks the office atmosphere is friendly, welcoming and relaxed; like a small family. She is a wheelchair user, has a Registered Assistance dog from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and finds the building at Newquay very accessible. Boots, her dog, gets lots of cuddles when he is with her in the office.

Do you have a spare couple of hours to help us raise funds to keep our helicopter flying? We are looking for volunteers to help pack customers’ bags in return for donations to the charity. Bag packs are a lot of fun and your time really is money, so please help to keep our helicopter flying.

Please contact Jackie Eastwood on 01637 889926 for more information!

Every volunteer gets invited to an induction at HQ and Tammy attended hers in September. She found that it was really useful to meet other volunteers and see the aims of the whole organisation, meet the paramedics and see the helicopter close up. She feels that everyone involved in the charity, whether they are shop, HQ or events volunteers are all working for the same reason-to save lives.

Did you know... ...64% of emergencies we attend are medical conditions such as heart attacks and strokes?

Amy Sainsbury on being a ‘newbie’ aircrew member I finished my helicopter emergency medical service crewmember course on a Friday and began my first shift on the Sunday in the middle of a (slightly damp) Cornish summer. During my first three shifts I was thrown in at the deep end with 7, 6 and 6 jobs per day. These were wide ranging incidents taking me over all areas of the county and further afield to Bristol Frenchay with a burns case. It was a steep learning curve working in and around the aircraft – it is considerably more cramped than a road vehicle and the constant noise and radio communications adds an extra element of concentration to the role. I am very fortunate to have had Mark and Stuart as my main crew mates and they have helped to settle me into the position and settle my nerves. I have had a fantastic 4 months and reaffirmed my love for the work we do and for flying, although being in the skies in the recent high winds and at night were both challenging experiences! Both Paul and I have signed up to the CAAT Kilimanjaro challenge along with Susie and Tom from the charity team and the fundraising is well under way. I am lucky to have some great (and energetic) friends who helped organize and complete a mini triathlon (400m swim, 15.5mi cycle and 4mi run) which, although painful at some points was a great day and a personal achievement. Check out my Virgin Money Giving page for more information, photos and a link to my fundraising activity blog. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AmySainsbury

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Paramedic Mark’s update on his impending 6633 Arctic challenge!

Keeping it in the community

Training is going very well indeed with part of it involving towing a large 4x4 tyre up and down a field which is great fun especially in the dark! I attended a training weekend in Brecon in September which mainly involved lectures on “how not to die in the Arctic” – a vast amount of this challenge will revolve around “personal admin” which means practicing even the finer details like getting in and out of your sleeping bag, until it becomes second nature and takes only seconds to do. One tiny mistake can lead to a show-stopper and the end of the race (or worse!) Only 6 people have ever completed this challenge and I am determined to fly the Cornish flag at the finish line in Tuktoyaktuk. I have achieved half of my £10k fundraising target already and the £6K mark should be hit by the New Year if not sooner. St.Columb Major School are helping to sponsor my challenge and are going to track my progress as part of a geography project. Big thanks to everyone who has sponsored me especially Tregonning Ford of Wadebridge for sponsoring half my Pulk (the sledge which I pull along for 350 miles in minus 40 degrees). More updates to follow soon – exciting stuff!!!

We were really pleased to be asked to attend the Families Day at Government Communication Headquarters in Bude as we are always looking to engage with local communities and businesses and the North Cornwall area is somewhere we feel we need to improve on this. On the day we sold merchandise and ran a raffle which went down very well, and we raised around £140. Added to this was a very welcome surprise in the form of a £200 donation from GCHQ’s charities and social fund, which we weren’t expecting and as ever we are extremely grateful for.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Mark or help him out at a fundraising event please contactnicky@cornwallairambulancetrust.org or visit his Facebook page www.facebook.com/marksarcticchallenge

A ‘wheelie’ long way In May 2013 Vicky and Matt Barns will be taking to their saddles and cycling the pacific coast of America from Vancouver to San Diego whilst raising vital funds for Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust. They are hoping to complete the 3000km in 4 weeks and will be riding unsupported, camping along the way. The challenge will be a particular achievement for Vicky who had a climbing accident earlier this year where she sustained multiple fractures including her back and both wrists. The scene of her accident was inaccessible by road but some expert flying by our friends the Midlands Air Ambulance meant she could be airlifted to hospital for surgery. Both Vicky and Matt are junior doctors at the Royal Cornwall Hospital and frequently see our red and yellow helicopter landing on the helipad outside during a rescue mission and feel very passionate about supporting their local lifesaving air ambulance. Vicky is now training hard between operations whilst Matt is trying to find an aerodynamic way to attach a surfboard to his road bike! Follow their progress or make a donation atwww.justgiving.com/ victoria-and-matthew-barns Good luck guys!

An important aspect of attending the day was to try and recruit some community volunteers for the area, particularly to help us out at supermarket collections to begin with but who may go on to represent the charity at fundraising presentations or events. As the majority of families visiting were based in the locality, this was quite successful and moreover the staff of GCHQ themselves may well get on board as part of their volunteer day scheme. All in all it was a very successful day and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to engage with the community of GCHQ.

Go the extra mile! Work off the excesses of Christmas, take a trip ‘abroad’, and raise money for a great local charity. What’s not to love about the Plymouth Half Marathon 2013? Well known for its fantastic atmosphere, the Plymouth Half Marathon is a stunning 13.1 mile run, starting and finishing on the picturesque Plymouth Hoe. For the 2013 run on 28th April, Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust has Gold Bond places available. For your £33 registration fee, we’ll give you a T-shirt to run in, a certificate when you complete your run, and of course lots of love and eternal gratitude! In return, we ask you to raise at least £150 for the charity, and we’ll be there to help, with plenty of advice and fundraising materials. We draw the line at joining you for your training runs though (although don’t forget Runway Runaround: This Time It’s War on 24th March – see page 5!) To register for your place, email tom@cornwallairambulancetrust.org or call 01637 88 99 26.

Did you know... ...Cornwall has the busiest single air ambulance helicopter in the South West region?

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The incredible journey We have heard of some fantastic fundraising challenges here at HQ but we were amazed when 71 year old Mary Phillips told us of her latest fundraising idea– travelling from John O’Groats to Land’s End – on a 1953 Field Marshall Series 3A tractor. Mary’s aim was to raise £15,000 for Cornwall Air Ambulance and our friends at Devon Air Ambulance. The journey took 17 days and Mary travelled through all sorts of weather and even celebrated her 72nd birthday en route! A big thank you to Mary, her partner Peter (who supported Mary throughout the trip), their entourage and everyone who dug deep and supported Mary on her epic journey. We look forward to hearing how much Mary managed to raise on her incredible journey.

One of our superstar volunteers in the Penzance shop Diane’s mother passed away a while ago, but it wasn’t until 2 years had gone by that she really began to feel the effects of life without her. She became depressed and felt that she couldn’t even go into town because of the risk of having a panic attack. In her own words she was ‘the lowest she could go’. Diane’s son Paddy began spending time in the Penzance Cornwall Air Ambulance Shop and suggested that she might like to volunteer, which was followed by Penny the Shop Manager asking her to help out in the back room sorting stock. Eventually she gained confidence using the till and has now become the ‘Backbone of the Backroom’! She irons clothes, prices and labels items and gets the stock out into the shop ready for display. She just loves volunteering and regularly volunteers up to 30 hours a week where she has fun in a wonderful shop. She feels that the shop is a very welcoming place with a lovely team and it all helps the Cornwall Air Ambulance to continue to save lives.

Make way for Santa’s sack... ...and have a pre-Christmas declutter. If you have small items you would like to donate, such as clothing and bric-a-brac then please feel free to take them into your local store (we now have charity shops in Saltash, Wadebridge, St. Austell, Truro, Camborne, Helston and Penzance – for opening times and locations please visit our website www.cornwallairambulancetrust.org) Alternatively, if you have furniture, electrical items or clothing that you cannot transport to a store yourself, our vans are out on the roads collecting donations from the people of Cornwall. Please call 01209 612404 to arrange collection.

Camborne Superstore extra day of opening 25% off everything sale, Sunday 9th December, 10am – 4pm Our Camborne Superstore is the largest of our charity shops, and stocks a wide range of clothing, books, bric-a-brac and children’s clothing and toys, as well as housing an impressive selection of furniture and electrical items. The end of 2012 brings an exciting milestone for the store - the 1st anniversary of its opening! To celebrate this, we are having a special extra day of opening in Camborne on Sunday 9th December from 10am-4pm, with a 25% off everything sale, raffles and Hercules – our helicopter mascot. So please come down on the 9th to celebrate with us in the store, and to pick yourself up a bargain in time for Christmas! Cornwall Air Ambulance would like to thank all of the volunteers and customers of Camborne Superstore for their continued support of the shop as without them it wouldn’t be the SUPERstore it is today!

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Join our Jar-my!

How have we been doing?

Did you know that money donated through our collection jars last year helped to fund almost 120 hours of flying - proving the old mantra that pennies really do make pounds!

To celebrate our 25th year we have produced our first annual review which we can send out to any of our supporters who would like to have a copy. Please contact charity HQ on 01637 889 926 to request one.

We are currently looking for new locations throughout Cornwall to place our collection jars. Do you work in a shop/restaurant/office where we might be able to place one? Will your local pub let us pop one on their bar? We have a dedicated team of collectors who travel around the county collecting full jars and exchanging them for empty ones so you don’t need to worry about a thing! Please call us on 01637 889 926 for more information or to organise the delivery of a jar.

Dear Cornwall Air Ambulance, Very recently I found out that my late father had left Cornwall Air Ambulance a gift in his Will and it prompted me to contact you to add my own thanks for all of the help you have given my family – not once but twice! The first occasion was in 1987 when my son James (pictured) – aged 15 at the time – was on holiday with his grandparents. James had hired a bike to go along the Camel Trail and on to our beloved Trevone via the cliffs. Just before he reached The Madrips the path gave way and James went head over heels over the cliff. He had the presence of mind to stick his feet out as he tumbled over and over. This broke his fall and probably saved his life. He had to get back up the cliff, rescue his bicycle and walk down to the Beach Café. Since there was rather a lot of blood in evidence the proprietor there at the time had him lie down. Cornwall Air Ambulance came to the rescue and off he went in your helicopter to Treliske. With several stitches to his scalp and face, and a walking stick for his damaged knee he was collected by my parents – thankfully it was not worse. Little did my mother know that she would see the red and yellow helicopter up close and personal 7 years later when she was blackberrying at Trevone. Mum reached too high and fell over backwards into the road. You landed your helicopter in the car park and took Mum off to Treliske Hospital. I seem to remember she was kept overnight in case of concussion. No harm done – my father collected her the following day. So thank you again Cornwall Air Ambulance – hopefully we won’t need your services again! With much appreciation, Kay Thomson

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Planes, trains and automobiles Sunday 28th October saw a host of vehicles descend on the old wartime site of Treloy, at Newquay Airport – from the “Smarties” Smart car club through to an amphibious Alvis Stalwart carrier from the Cornwall Military Vehicle Trust, with everything from the airport’s state-of-the-art Panther fire response unit to a model Spitfire in between. Despite the good old British weather(!) many people turned out to see the exhibits and particularly the displays from the Newquay Cornwall Fire & Rescue unit, who demonstrated their road traffic collision response; cutting open cars kindly donated and transported by Combellack’s. There was also a fantastic vintage and craft market in one of the wartime hangars, where people took shelter from the weather and warmed up with a cup of tea from Lane Friends of Cornwall Air Ambulance, or had a go on St Mawgan Model Aircraft Club’s computer simulator, which proved to be extremely popular! John Tucker from Driveline spent the day teaching people how to drive an HGV round in circles, but one of the star attractions of the day was strongman Dave ‘The Shed’ Glover’s feat of pulling a Scania car transporter a distance of some metres, and of course the iconic red and yellow helicopter made an appearance too! All in all, the day was a success and raised just over £3000, which is fantastic. A huge thanks must go to all our supporters, without whom the event could not have happened and would not have raised so much; Newquay Airport & Cornwall Council for the venue, Gateguards for the military area, Andyloos and Speedy Hire for WC’s & generator – both vital! Also South West Hire & Sales for barriers and cones, Adrian Elliott of Rover Enthusiasts SW for organising the car clubs, Event Services SW, SITA, Bookers Newquay, In Safe Hands, Abbotts Event Hire, Skinners and Fly Cornwall. Thank you to all who came and keep your eyes peeled for next year’s version!


What an adventure!

Did you know...

A BIG thank you to Adventure 001 for the staggering sum of £12,385 raised from their summer helicopter flights flying from Newquay and St Ives. By offering front seat upgrades they raised even more than their original pledge of £9,000 which we are absolutely delighted about!

...Cornwall Air Ambulance flies, on average, 3 missions per day?

For more information about their pleasure flights and details about when they are coming back to Cornwall in 2013 please go to www.adventure001.com

Leave a gift in your Will and help fund future flights A staggering 3 out of 10 flights are currently funded by people who left Cornwall Air Ambulance a gift in their Will and who have since passed away. By leaving the charity a gift, you, like them can help to ensure that the Air Ambulance helicopter will continue to respond and serve Cornish communities in the future. We recently had a visit from Pat from St Columb Minor (pictured with our paramedics Mark and Mick) who has decided to leave a gift to the charity in her will stating the reason ‘I feel that Cornwall Air Ambulance does a wonderful job in saving lives. I know that after I have passed away my gift will save lives in the county that I love. If everyone did their bit albeit a large or small donation, it really would ensure that the next time someone needs the air ambulance it will be available’.

Clickerty click Why not check out our brand new website www.cornwallairambulancetrust.org which now has a whole array of new features. One of the most exciting developments is our mission map, where you can find out a little more about our most recent rescue missions and where they took place. You can also sign up to receive this quarterly newsletter by email or post as well as keep up to date with our events and learn how you can help to keep your air ambulance flying!

For a private and confidential conversation regarding leaving a gift in your Will to Cornwall Air Ambulance please contact the Chief Executive Paula Martin on 01637 889926.

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Please return to us at: Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, Trevithick Downs, Newquay TR8 4DY


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Miller Countrywide & Stratton Creber - two of Cornwall’s most successful and established estate agents have joined forces to help support the production of this Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust newsletter. Tony Wainwright, Managing Director of Countrywide South West Estate Agents which incorporates both these high street brands said, “We have been supporters of the Cornwall Air Ambulance for many years and felt it only right to do a little more this year with the Trust celebrating its 25th year of flying – a magnificent achievement in itself for which all those associated with the CAAT and everyone in Cornwall should feel very proud”. Miller Countrywide and Stratton Creber have 38 Residential & Specialist offices between them in Cornwall alone – so if you are looking to move, very much like the Cornwall Air Ambulance, they’ve got the county covered – call us today for your free market appraisal. Find your local office by visiting www.millercountrywide.co.uk or www.strattoncreber.co.uk

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