Islands’ Children Learn About Vital Work Of Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance

Children at the Five Islands School and Craftikids nursery have been learning about the important work of the Cornwall Air Ambulance this week.

Former teacher Jackie Eastwood, who is now a full time fundraiser and volunteer coordinator for the charity trust which runs the service, visited the children yesterday.

She said it was a chance for them to hear about how the helicopter operates and learn about why it’s so important for our remote community.

The Cornwall Air Ambulance is celebrating its 26th year of operation. It was the first of its kind in the UK and Jacky says with a 155 mile-per-hour top speed it’s still the fastest way to get critically ill patients to hospital.

And Jacky says from talking to people here in Scilly, islanders seem to appreciate even more than mainland residents, how important the helicopter is.

Jackie says she became a fundraiser after her own daughter almost drowned in a rip tide off the Cornish coast.

The helicopter got her to hospital in five minutes, a journey that would have taken an hour by road, and she says she might not have had a daughter today if it hadn’t been for the service.

Jackie took along uniforms and equipment from the helicopter to help the children understand their work.

She says the young ones in particular enjoy getting a chance to wear the paramedic’s helmets.

She hopes the experience will encourage them to raise money in the future for the helicopter, which is entirely funded by public donations and receives no government money.

This morning, Jackie will be visiting Park House to talk to residents and staff there.

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