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Air Time

The Cornwall Air Ambulance Magazine

Summer 2016

Saving time, Saving lives. FEATURE Saving Lives Every Day

NEWS What’s Up Doc?

EVENTS & FUNDRAISING Hike the Himalayas






The paramedic aircrew take a patient to hospital from Gribbin Head near Par


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Saving Lives Every Day

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Fundraising Events

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Mission Maker Lottery

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Mission News

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— 20 Thank You

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Logan’s Story

Foreword Paula Martin, Chief Executive Hello everyone. We hope that you find our summer newsletter informative and interesting. We try to include a wide mix of content to keep you up to date with the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, and welcome your suggestions for future editions. SHOW SUCCESS As I write, we have just returned from a busy few days at the Royal Cornwall Show. As always we have two stands at the show. One has the spare helicopter on display and gives thousands of people the chance to meet the aircrew and talk directly to them about their life saving work. The other is a pop up charity shop

showcasing the quality clothes and accessories that you can find in our high street shops. THANK YOU I want to thank the entire team of staff and volunteers who together make a massive effort to create destination stands. This was rewarded by record numbers of visitors, and it was lovely to see families having lunch in the sunshone on the grass and picnic tables around the helicopter, and enjoying being on the Cornwall Air Ambulance stand, and not being constantly hassled for their money. We place a huge emphasis on the word “voluntary” when it comes to giving.


LOTTERY The only people who are canvassing the public at the moment are our Mission Maker lottery team. We do not receive any funds from any of the national lotteries, which is why we have our very own fundraising lottery. Thank you so much to the 270 new members of our weekly lottery who joined at the Royal Cornwall Show. You are part of an 18,000 strong membership, some of whom have been members for years, and each week someone wins the top prize of £1,000. It’s such a lovely phone call to make on a Friday afternoon! TRAINING On a serious note, our lottery is growing by the week, and this is helping us to do things like bring doctors on board

to support the paramedics in their university training to learn the very latest life saving skills and become Specialist Paramedics in Critical Care. HOSPITAL SKILLS This is part of our work to enhance the pre-hospital care that we give to patients, in a sense bringing some of the hospital skills to the patient at the scene of an incident. It’s an important step forward in helping to save lives in the future. Lottery fundraising is very popular in the world of charity at the moment, giving both an opportunity to have fun and win a prize, but also support the cause you love. At the moment, 70p in every pound of the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust lottery goes to the cause after costs and prizes. If you are not yet in it to


win it and you want to join, you will find information and a form on pages 12 -14. Please remember that you must be aged 16 or over to play. All of the rules can be found on our website or sent to you on request. 30TH ANNIVERSARY Finally, we are now counting down to 2017 which will mark 30 years of the Cornwall Air Ambulance. Of course it also marks 30 years since the first air ambulance was established in the UK, which is something that the people of Cornwall can be very proud of. We are hoping to make next year a very special one indeed. We are looking forward to sharing more news on that with you soon. Wishing everyone a wonderful Cornish summertime!




Saving Lives Every Day




The family lunch was a few minutes from being ready so Bob Walker decided to pop out for some sandpaper from the DIY shop a couple of miles away in Newquay. August 18th 2015 was a beautiful sunny day so he took his motorbike. It was a five minute journey that changed his life. On a straight stretch of road Bob could see a car facing him waiting to turn right into a layby. The car turned straight across him, hitting him hard. Bob said, “I came to and found myself lying in blood, surrounded by bike wreckage. I could see that my right leg was in entirely the wrong position, it was close to my shoulder.” Bob was haemorrhaging and his blood pressure was dangerously low so the response paramedic could not give him morphine for the pain and he was given paracetamol intravenously instead. CATASTROPHIC Cornwall Air Ambulance was called and took just five minutes to reach the scene, landing in an adjacent field. Lead paramedic Steve Garvey said, “Bob’s leg was seriously displaced and he had a catastrophic arterial bleed from the leg. Despite this, he was conscious. We applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, packed the wound and applied a combat dressing over this. Using the IV drip we had to balance the need to give a drug that promotes clotting with the need to introduce fluids without dislodging any clots formed.” KETAMINE Steve is qualified to administer ketamine which was vital in this emergency. It provides strong pain relief and has sedative properties. It also disassociates a patient from their condition which can allow them to detach themselves from the reality of the situation, experience hallucinations and ultimately to feel more comfortable.

Steve says, “We needed to reposition Bob’s leg which was badly mangled. It was a complex procedure that we managed in stages. We relaxed him with ketamine, moved his leg, administered more ketamine and moved his leg further. We finally succeeded in repositioning Bob’s leg and stabilising him for the flight to Derriford Hospital.” CRITICAL The paramedics spent over an hour treating Bob on scene and it took just 15 minutes to deliver him to Plymouth. Bob says, “In the helicopter it felt like I died. I can remember my family’s faces circling in my mind and it made me fight on.” The impact from the car had shattered Bob’s femur, tibia and fibula. His right leg was amputated above the knee and he was placed in an induced coma. He needed 20 units of blood in the first 24 hours and had two blood transfusions. Just under a year later, Bob is about to undergo a further operation to his leg. He is looking forward to making a speedy recovery and to hopefully be able to ride his new trike in the not too distant future. Steve says, “We knew that Bob was critically ill. We couldn’t predict the outcome for him but we did everything in our power to clinically improve his condition.”

Have you been airlifted?

If so, could you help us by sharing your story? Patient confidentiality laws mean that we do not hold personal details about patients. That’s why it’s great when patients come forward to thank us or to tell us how they’re doing. Sharing real life stories enables the charity’s supporters to see exactly how valuable their support is. If you have a story to share please call Lisa Young on 01637 889926 or email




Where can I drop off my pre-loved items for Cornwall Air Ambulance?

CAAT shop Wadebridge

Lloyds Bank Launceston

CAAT shop Newquay

CAAT shop Camborne

Wilkinsons St Austell Lloyds Bank Truro

CAAT shop St Austell

CAAT shop Saltash Kernow Mill Trerulefoot

CAAT shop Helston

AND LARGER ITEMS? We collect unwanted good quality furniture to sell in the shops including beds, sofas, wardrobes and pianos! We also deliver furniture bought from our charity shops to your home.

Please call our Camborne charity shop on 01209 612404 if you live in West Cornwall and our St Austell charity shop on 01726 871222 if you live in East Cornwall.



Events & Fundraising

Events & Fundraising 1 HIKE THE HIMALAYAS

The Himalayas are amongst the most wellknown mountains in the world and even the name itself conjures up images of famous mountaineers, snow-capped peaks and breathtaking views. In October 2017, you could join Team CAAT as we explore this famous region and trek to Annapurna Base Camp which sits at 4,130m above sea level. This challenging 11 day trek is a true Himalayan adventure, hiking through traditional Nepali villages, past thundering waterfalls and amongst ancient rhododendron forests. You will follow the trails up through farmland and

plantations before reaching the alpine pastures and rocky valleys of the Annapurna Sanctuary where mighty peaks such as Machapuchare tower high above you. The air is thin and the trail is tough but the spectacular surroundings – and the thought you are saving lives in Cornwall - will inspire you to reach Base Camp with a huge sense of triumph. To find out more, come to our next free information evening at the Newquay airbase. For the date of the next information evening and for more about the challenge call the Fundraising Team on 01637 889926 or visit





Join other Cornwall Air Ambulance fundraisers from 16th – 18th June 2017 on this amazing challenge which will push you to your limits as you try to summit Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, the three highest mountains in the UK, within 24 hours. You will cover over 40km, ascend over 3000 metres and visit three countries along the way. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done anything like this before as this challenge is designed to be achievable by anyone willing to put in a bit of training. Beginning in Scotland, your first mountain is Ben Nevis. It won’t just be the view from the top that takes your breath away as, standing at 1344m, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the UK and will make a spectacular start to your challenge. Continuing the trek in England, you will


scale the 978m summit of Scafell Pike in the picturesque Lake District before finishing the challenge in Wales and climbing to the top of its highest mountain, Snowdon, which stands at 1085m. Standing on the summit of your third and final mountain will evoke a huge sense of achievement and pride; as will the knowledge that by taking part in this challenge you’re helping us to save lives. Why not come along to our next free information evening at the Newquay airbase to find out more about this amazing challenge and the fundraising involved over a glass of wine and some nibbles? For the date of the next information evening – and for more information on the challenge – call the Fundraising Team on 01637 889926 or visit www.




If you have ever fancied taking on a skydive then now is your chance! On Sunday 25th September, you can join us at Perranporth Airfield and skydive from 10,000ft above the Cornish coastline. You’ll be in the safe hands of highly experienced instructors from the Cornish Parachute Club so you don’t need any previous experience to take part – just a sense of adventure! Whether you’ve never done a jump before or you’re a veteran adrenaline junkie we’d love to hear from you. Registration costs just £50 and then we’re asking you to fundraise £395 which pays for your jump and includes a donation to Cornwall Air Ambulance. To find out more, call 3 01637 889926 or visit skydive


This August you’re invited to come along and join in the fun at our annual It’s A Cornish Knockout contest which is once again kindly sponsored by Ann’s Cottage. The fun-filled event is being held at Camborne Rugby Club on Sunday 21st August from 10:30am. There will be food, charity stands and a licensed bar as well as the It’s A Knockout games so there is plenty to keep everyone entertained for the whole day. You can bring the whole family along as entry to the event is FREE!


There is also plenty of free parking thanks to Camborne Academy which is kindly allowing us use of its car park. If you’d rather take part in the games than spectate then why not enter a team? With team entry for a group of 6 – 10 people costing just £500 it’s a great way to fundraise for your air ambulance whilst having fun at the same time! To find out more about the event – or to sign up your team – call 01637 889926 or visit knockout




5 This really is the thrill of a lifetime so do call us on 01637 889926 to find out how we can help you fundraise your jump.





Whether you’re a cycling newbie or a veteran in the saddle you’ll love our Cornish cycle challenge for 2017. Starting on Friday 15th September at the Tamar Bridge in Saltash you will cycle 200 miles past iconic Cornish landmarks on your journey down the length of the county to finish on Sunday 17th September at Land’s End. Day one will see you pedalling from the Tamar Bridge towards the rugged north coast. You’ll see the mythical castle at Tintagel, the pretty harbour at Padstow and end the day seeing the air ambulance up close at its Newquay airbase. On day two you’ll see the inspiring tin mines at St Agnes before heading to the south coast to see picturesque Mylor via the King Harry Ferry. You’ll spend the night in the tiny

fishing village of Coverack. On your final day you’ll enjoy the iconic St Michael’s Mount, stunning Sennen and the amazing Minack Theatre before ending your adventure next to the famous white signpost at Land’s End. The cycling will be tough going (as Cornwall has more than its fair share of hills!) but is designed to be doable by anyone, if you’re happy to put in the training beforehand. If you are interested, why not come along to our next free information evening at our Newquay airbase where you can find out more over a drink and some nibbles. For the date of the next information evening – and for more information on the challenge – call the Fundraising Team on 01637 889926 or visit tourdecornwall




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Mission Maker lottery is your chance to win up to £1,000 and help keep our lifesaving crew flying. Each ticket costs just £1 per week, giving you the chance to win weekly prizes ranging between £10 and the £1,000 jackpot. You can play by Direct Debit or cheque - whatever suits you. Get onboard. Become a Mission Maker today for your chance to win and make a difference.




Your chance to help save lives... Did you know that players of our Mission Maker lottery cover the running costs of a quarter of all of our missions each year. That means that this year alone, the lottery players have enabled 52 patients to be treated and airlifted in their hour of need. It is amazing just how valuable £1 a week is to Cornwall Air Ambulance - and your £1 could win you £1000!

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What’s Up Doc? Doctors have joined the Cornwall Air Ambulance team

Mission News Cornwall Air Ambulance has launched a two year programme in conjunction with South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust that sees doctors flying on board the county’s emergency helicopter service for up to four days a week. Eight Education Support Physicians (ESPs) have been recruited. All have served either in the military or in other helicopter emergency services, here and abroad. The physicians fly with the paramedic crew for at least three days a week. When not tasked with missions the physicians assist the paramedics in developing enhanced clinical knowledge and skills via simulation and teaching sessions at the Newquay airbase. This is an enhanced pre-hospital care programme designed to increase the clinical knowledge and pre-hospital critical care skills of the aircrew paramedics. This will enable the paramedic crew to deliver clinical skills such as enhanced pain relief and sedation.

The physicians teach the paramedic crew: • Enhanced understanding of physiology, the detail of how the body’s processes work and interplay both in health and during disease • Enhanced clinical assessment and examination skills to assess the effects of disease • Detailed understanding of the pharmacology and administration of an increased spectrum of drugs now accessible to paramedics • Analgesia and sedative techniques to improve patient comfort and facilitate specific treatments which would otherwise be unpleasant • Skills to provide an anaesthetic in the prehospital environment This extensive education programme adds to the already wide knowledge base of paramedics and will ensure first class prehospital critical care for our patients.




Groundcrew News



Our Great Groundcrew. The superb team of volunteers that give their time to keep the air ambulance flying. VOLUNTEERING AS PART OF THE TEAM Our Wadebridge team run a busy boutiquestyle charity shop in the centre of town. The volunteers enjoy sorting donations, covering the till and making displays. They get on with their roles in a high spirited fashion which is noticed by customers. Glen Garceau chose to volunteer at Cornwall Air Ambulance Wadebridge shop when she retired because her late husband had been airlifted. She remembers being asked in her interview when she could start and her response was “NOW!” and she went straight to the shop to begin! Glen says, “ Everyone is so lovely and we have such a good time that I couldn’t leave even if I wanted to!” Being in the shop has led to a social life, going on trips and holidays with other volunteers and she’s even found a distant relative after joining the team. There’s never a dull day in this busy shop. WHAT A RECEPTION The Lady Mary Holborow Fundraising and Volunteering Building is now open at the Newquay HQ. It houses a dedicated Reception area. All visitors to the building are welcomed and met by one of our new receptionists, who are all volunteers. The team are learning the comings and goings of crew and staff, answering the telephone and the entrance door as well as

MAKING FRIENDS There are many reasons that people volunteer their time to the charity but the most common one is being with people. Socialising and getting out of the house is a real bonus for many of our volunteers. It can be a real way to make friends at the same time as helping a great cause. More than one volunteer has mentioned that if they weren’t volunteering then they would just be sitting at home looking at the four walls, especially when being a retiree. All departments of the charity have regular social events which range from a curry night or Body Shop party to a wonderful meal out. Choosing to volunteer can be for people of any age or ability. We have students completing Duke of Edinburgh Awards volunteering two hours a week to retirees selling through our eBay shop up to three days a week. It all helps to keep the helicopter flying and maintaining our service for those in need.

helping with some of the many jobs that the fundraising team put together. No day is the same, especially when large groups arrive for a talk or a delivery needs signing for so sometimes spinning plates can be part of this role! If you are interested in joining the team, get in touch with Jackie Eastwood on 01637 889926 ext 101 or email her at jackie@





The annual plant sale and open day at Cornwall Air Ambulance raised the most yet from this type of event at the charity’s Newquay HQ. More than £3000 was raised through plant sales, a pop-up charity shop, a popular teddy tombola, a raffle and donations for tea and cake. It was a hugely successful day raising funds for the running costs of the air ambulance. The public enjoyed meeting the crew and seeing the helicopter up close. We are so grateful to the host of local nurseries and garden centres who donated such a variety of high quality plants and to the team of volunteers that made the day run so well. The garden centres that kindly donated the plants were: Blackacre Nurseries, Bodmin Plant & Herb Nursery, Brooks Nursery & Garden Centre, Burncoose Nurseries, Carnon Downs Garden Centre, Cedar Croft Plants, Chacewater Garden Centre, Duchy of Cornwall Plant Nurseries, Falmouth Garden Centre, Homeleigh Garden Centre, Kernock Park Plants, Lanjeth Plant Nurseries, Lower Trenowth Farm, Rising Sun Nurseries, The Cornish Rose Company, Trelawney Garden Leisure, Treseders Wall Cottage Nursery, Trevena Cross Nurseries, Trevenson Moor Garden Centre, Trevisker Garden Centre, Trewithen Plant Centre, Wyevale Garden Centre Hayle and Wyevale Garden Centre Par.


A huge congratulations to our £1000 spring draw winner Mrs Pat Brewer.

Mrs Brewer said, “I have always supported Cornwall Air Ambulance after it saved my husband Peter’s life after being trampled when working on his farm about 10 years ago. Where we live, in such a rural location, Cornwall Air Ambulance really makes a difference.” Thank you to everyone who took part in the draw and to Budock Vean Hotel and AE Adventure Events for donating the top prizes. In all, we sold over 22,000 tickets which is just wonderful and will help us to continue to keep our lifesaving helicopter flying.


Last year over 30% of our income came from people leaving gifts in their Will ensuring that we can continue to save lives into the future. Put another way, those people have funded over 200 missions already this year. It is a common myth that only the rich and famous leave money to a charity and in truth if it wasn’t for people like you leaving us a gift, we would struggle to keep Cornwall’s air ambulance flying. It is a shame when people don’t tell us that they’re leaving us a gift in their Will as they don’t get the thank you they deserve for doing such a wonderful thing. If you have decided to leave a gift or are thinking about it then please do call Susie Croft, on 01637 889926 ext. 102 or email




Not content with driving at 9 miles an hour from Lands’ End to John O’Groats and back again, our long term supporter Mary Phillips from St Teath hopped back on her tractor ‘Fran’ with the aim of driving the entire coastline of Cornwall. Over 5 and a half days, 75 year old Mary travelled the 400 miles from Morwenstow to Torpoint and in the process raised £1300. Since 2010 alone, Mary and her tractor have raised an incredible £17,650 for Cornwall Air Ambulance and still looks glamourous sat on top of her 1955 Ferguson tractor whilst covered head to toe in mud! Mary said “Years ago when my mother was ill the air ambulance was called in and I decided afterwards to do my best to help support it because it's such an important service in our rural areas. I would like to thank my partner Peter and everyone who has helped me along the way – I could not have done it without them.” Mary has been included on the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list in recognition of her charity work which is extremely well deserved.


We were very fortunate to be the chosen charity of the year for Sainsburys Penzance from July 2015-16. Thank you to everyone that voted for us. In that time Sainsburys’ staff and customers have helped raise a whopping £9379 through a whole raft of activities including tombolas, raffles, sponsored instore rowing and cycling, collection jars and the 5p on a plastic bag charge. In addition the donated bric and brac and clothing in our ‘donation station’ has been enough to stock one of our smaller charity shops 15 times over which is just incredible. What fantastic support!





Thank you Cornwall Air Ambulance relies on the generosity of its supporters for its running costs since it receives no direct government or National Lottery funding Here are just a few of the people that have supported us recently. 1. Airlifted patient Ross Hollett raised a fantastic £528 at his bingo night. He presented his donation to paramedic Stuart Croft who helped to rescue Ross when he fell off a harbour wall in Padstow. 2. Peter Hill and Martin Talbot visited 100 pubs whilst on holiday in Cornwall and raised £360 from publicans and customers – it was a tough job but someone had to do it! 3. Moor Harmony Ladies Barbershop Chorus hit all the right notes to raise £150. 4. All of our volunteers who this year have already donated 27, 543 hours of their time which is worth approximately £184,000. They keep our shops open, attend numerous events and give talks in the community about our work. 5. Everyone who skydived in spring ,collectively raising


£4731. Places are available for September’s skydive. 6. Josh Belcher for tackling his first Hackney Half Marathon in May and raised £1296 in memory of his dad David. 7. Shirley Rowe and her friends and family for raising an incredible £922.33 by organising a cream tea event – that is a lot of scones! 8. Devon and Cornwall Police and The Cornishman for the wonderful donation of £400 through the Community Cash Back scheme.


9. All those that visited us at the Royal Cornwall Show and donated £2000 towards buying another heart compression unit for our critical care cars. 10. Bear Downs Windfarm for a fantastic £4121 and the pledge to help keep us flying until 2025.














Logan’s Story One terrible morning, 15 month old Logan stopped breathing. Cornwall Air Ambulance flew to his aid. Logan’s mother Amy says, “We were so relieved to hear that the air ambulance was on its way. “Everyone was amazing and they got us to Royal Cornwall Hospital at Truro quickly where Logan was seen in resuscitation and by paediatrics. He was started on IV medications and luckily made a quick recovery. “He loves his air ambulance teddy bear and we really appreciate the amazing work the air ambulance do. We are so grateful for everyone's help and how brilliant they were with my baby!”

Last October, 15 month year old Logan OliveWragg was eating breakfast with his mother and grandmother in St Kew when he suddenly became drowsy and floppy. He then stopped breathing. Both mother and grandmother are doctors so they knew to lean him forward to keep an airway open as they called 999. Cornwall Air Ambulance was tasked to the emergency and the paramedic aircrew were with Logan in just eight minutes.

LEFT: Logan in hospital playing with his special ‘I’ve been airlifted by Cornwall Air Ambulance’ teddy bear that the paramedic aircrew gave him. ABOVE: Logan on the beach, fit and well.

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AirTime Summer 2016  

All the latest news from Cornwall Air Ambulance.

AirTime Summer 2016  

All the latest news from Cornwall Air Ambulance.