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Children's air ambulance takes off

By HeraldExpress  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

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The Children's Air Ambulance is to launch its lifesavingservice in the New Year following the unveiling of its helicopter.


The Children Air Ambulance, whose South West office isbased at Torquay's Lymington Road Innovation Centre, is now starting to transferspecialist paediatric teams between hospitals with the transfer of criticallyill children starting in 2013.


"TCAA is a national charity which will provide criticallyill children and babies with an air transfer service to specialist paediatricintensive care units ensuring children get the care they need without a longroad journey," said South West Head of Fundraising, Nicola Howkins.


The service – the first of its kind – is now in need ofvolunteers to help with fundraising events.


One fundraising event which has been organised is aperformance of the musical The Bodyguard taking place at the Adelphi in Londonon December 6. The charity is holding a spectacular gala night at the West Endmusical and tickets – buy one get one free – are available from 0845 130979 orvisiting www.thechildrensairambulancegala.org.uk.


The charity has also been donated a dolls house whichwill be raffled at the launch of the service next year.


Nicola explained: "People are extremely supportive andreceptive to us and we have many events organised but we urgently needvolunteers so that we really can generate the best possible support in theSouth West. In January we have a store collection planned for every day of themonth and we need people to participate in these so we can raise as much moneyas possible. We would also like to organise more talks and events if we hadadditional help."


Nicola praised the Innovation Centre which has beenTCAA's South West base since 2011.


"It gives us great credibility," she said. "It's a verygood working environment and moving here was the best thing we did."


Torbay Mayor, Gordon Oliver, added: "The Children's AirAmbulance will provide an extremely valuable provision for sick children whenit is launched next year. The new service will save children a long ambulanceride by road giving them the opportunity to get specialist treatment sooner anda greater chance of recovery. I'm pleased we are able to support this superbcharity by providing a base for its South West operations at Torquay InnovationCentre, which we operate as part of our business support programmes throughTorbay Development Agency"


To volunteer visit www.thechildrensairambulance.org.uk/volunteeror call Nicola Howkins on 07760 993771.



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  • Devon Air Ambulance Trust  |  December 04 2012, 5:52PM

    I would like to reassure readers that Devon already has 2 local children's air ambulances: Devon Air Ambulance Trust can and does provide critical inter-hospital transfers. Many of these have been featured in our Helipad magazine. In fact it was the first and so far only Air Ambulance Trust in the country to have its own aircraft approved incubator since 2006 so that it can even transport newborn babies. What this article does not say is that, whilst Devon Air Ambulance's Exeter aircraft is just 20 miles away, the Children's Air Ambulance will be based around 200 miles away in Coventry. Please be assured Devon Air Ambulance, owned by and for local people, will continue to be there for all the community, from 0 to 100+, whether from coast, country or hospital thanks to the support of local people.

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