Air Ambulance Launches Week Of Fundraising In Scilly

Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance

If every islander contributed just £1 to the Cornwall Air Ambulance, they’d fund one flight.

A week of fundraising for the life-saving service begins today and the islanders organising it want to remind locals of the cost of operating the flights.

The charity, which has been flying for 27 years, needs £1.7 million annually to fund its operations. It costs around £2,000 for each mission.

From December, they’ll use an additional helicopter offering extra backup. The two new MD902 aircraft will be able to fly later into the evening and will have additional weight capacity so that crew can carry more specialist medical equipment.

Flying range will be extended too with increased fuel capacity. That means islanders could be transferred to specialist treatment centres upcountry more easily.

Helen Samms, the islands’ Air Ambulance Community Ambassador is organising Scilly’s response to the regional publicity drive. She says that Scilly accounts for almost 10% of the total of 1,000 missions flown on average each year.

Tonight locals are being encouraged to take part in the charity quiz at the Old Town Inn at 8.30pm with teams of four paying £1 per person to play. There’ll also be a grand ticket draw.

On Saturday Helen and her colleagues are holding a flag day by Tideline in town and they’ll be selling souvenirs between 9am and 4pm. And on Sunday the prize draw ticket holders find out what they have won at the Old Town Inn at 9pm.

Helen says she is grateful to businesses from all across the islands who have donated over 50 prizes. Draw tickets are available at the Old Town Inn and the St Martin’s post office.