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Junior HeliPad Issue 15

WELCOME to Issue 15 of the Junior HeliPad. We have updated the format so it matches our HeliPad magazine. We hope you like it and as always why not tell us what you think by contacting us? Details of how to get in touch are on page 2

Thank you to the Devon & Cornwall Police helicopter team for taking this photo for us

CLUB RE-LAUNCH We’re looking forward to the re-launch of our Junior Crew Club on Sunday 5th April 2009 at Powderham Castle, Kenton, near Exeter, the home of one of our Patrons, the Earl of Devon. You can see the Castle in the background on the photo above. If you would like to find out more about Powderham Castle why not log onto their website at

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE . . . Goodbye bolkow - hello EC135, plus much more!

WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS ... Ellen Halliday Nathan Hazelwood Maude Reed Thomas Poppy James Luke Shaw Finn and Ollie Manning Samuel McTaggart (see page 6) Willian Grimsley Jack Tucker The Seaton Brownies visited us at the base in 2008 - see photo above. Very occasionally, we take the helicopter to a school; this is called a ‘drop in’. This year we dropped into Moorview School, near Bovey Tracey, where the students had raised a fantastic £1705. The crew - pilot Pete, and paramedics Haydn and Kate, explained to students and parents what they do and showed them around the helicopter. We also dropped in to Ivybridge Community College during their Enrichment Day - see photo right. They raise approximately £1,000 every year from their sponsored night walk. Again, we were lucky the helicopter was not needed to go to work, and everyone had a tour of the helicopter by the duty crew. How to contact us:By email: By phone: 01392 466666 By post: 5 Sandpiper Court, Harrington Lane, Exeter, EX4 8NS Devon Air Ambulance Trust is a Registered Charity No. 1077998



Our trusty Bolkow, which flew from our North Devon airbase, has now been upgraded. With the arrival of the new helicopter in Exeter, the EC135 flying from Exeter moved North. DID YOU KNOW... Just as a car has a registration plate, so do helicopters! Any helicopter or plane registered in the UK has a registration starting with G. Our North Devon helicopter is registered G-DAAT. The new Exeter based Air Ambulance is registered G-DVAA. These are personalised number plates and registered to us. Do you know what the initials stand for? Answers on page 7. Our new helicopter was launched on 26th September 2008, which was also National Air Ambulance Day. Both of our helicopters are equally special, but the new Exeter one is just slightly different. Firstly, the charity owns the helicopter, instead of leasing it, but, secondly, our crew have worked with makers, Eurocopter, to customise it to exactly how we want it. A PLEA! Does anyone know an 8 year old boy called Tom Brent? He popped into the office earlier this year with his mum and gave us a wonderful £100 donation. But we don’t know his address and would love to write to him. Can you help? If you can please get in touch!

Missions flown in 2008: Exeter: 904 - North Devon: 578 Missions flown to 31st December 2008: 13,847 3

Photo courtesy of Devon & Cornwall Constabulary

FUNDRAISING NEWS ... What you and our young supporters do to help keep your Air Ambulances flying is brilliant! Thank you to everyone who raises money for us. Here are just a few - we are sorry there isn’t enough room to list everyone... ------------------------------------------------Marpool Primary School in Exmouth and St Helen’s Primary School Abbotsham, near Bideford both sent great drawings and letters. So did Shute Primary School, near Axminster, who are group members of the JCC. We’re sorry we haven’t got room to show all of them, but we have chosen one by Liam (see left). Check out our gallery on the back page too! by Liam Davies, Shute Primary School

by Sophie, 2nd Seaton Brownies by Cerys,2nd Seaton Brownies


Shute Primary School pupils donated £300. By pure coincidence the helicopter landed on their playing field when they had finished fundraising, to help one of the parents! ------------------------------------------------Georgia Allison and friend Abbie Craig of Whitchurch Primary School,Tavistock sold all sorts of things to friends and made £122. ------------------------------------------------Mrs Ethelston’s Primary School at Uplyme raised around £400 -----------------------------------------------Seaton Brownies (photo on page 2) also sent us some great drawings. To the left you will see just a couple of them. Thanks for the lovely thank you card too!



Walter Daw Primary School pupils (photo right) raised a fab £95 from the sale of cakes, and popped into the office to give us the money raised. -----------------------------------------------The Tiverton and District Scouts, Guides and friends got together and presented us with over £100! -----------------------------------------------North Tawton Beavers and Cubs got together and raised a great £111.50 from a car wash at North Tawton Rugby Ground. Piers was presented with a cheque and the photo to the right was taken at the same time. -----------------------------------------------St John’s School in Sidmouth raised a great £400. -----------------------------------------------Clyst Hydon Primary School, near Exeter, donated a fantastic £500. -----------------------------------------------New member Samuel McTaggart did a sponsored run from Totnes to Dartington and raised £150! Here he is mid run! (photo right) -----------------------------------------------We have also received generous donations from secondary schools:Okehampton College Devonport Boys’ High School St Margaret’s School, Exeter

COMING SOON... NEW WEBSITE! We will shortly be starting work on our new website, including an exclusive area for JCC members! We’ll let you know more as soon as we can!

Answers to helicopter call signs:G - DAAT = Devon Air Ambulance Trust G - DVAA = Devon Air Ambulance




by Max Bell

by Sophie C, St Helen’s Primary School, Abbotsham, near Bideford

by Jess Fuzzard, Shute Primary School

by Hannah, St Helen’s Primary School, Abbotsham, near Bideford

by Callum Hawker Shute Primary School

by Jessica Hill, 2nd Seaton Brownies

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ALSO IN THIS ISSUE . . . Goodbye bolkow - hello EC135, plus much more! Very occasionally, we take the helicopter to a school; this is calle...