Busy Year for Air Ambulance On Scilly

PC Faye Webb with Cornwall Air Ambulance

PC Faye Webb with Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance say they are grateful to islanders and Scilly visitors for donating so much cash for the charity last year.

Publicity Officer Tom Matthews said the islands donated over £29,000, or £14 for every person living here.

Tom says they’re always amazed by the variety of ways people raise the funds.

Last April, Rhiannon Wallace and Amelia Mills couldn’t get to the Plymouth half marathon because of bad weather. So they decided to run their race around St Mary’s instead, all in aid of the Air Ambulance.

The organisation flew 52 missions to Scilly last, an average of one a week, and slightly up on the 2013 numbers.

Four patients were airlifted directly from Tresco, including two patients suffering spinal injuries, whilst two patients were flown from St Martin’s.

And on three occasions the air ambulance was called to the islands twice on the same day.

Island Police Officer Faye Webb was one person rescued from the islands in 2014, after being thrown from her horse on St Mary’s, breaking her leg in twelve places.

She was flown to Treliske, where she stayed for three weeks.

Now, in return, Faye is joining the charity’s trek on the Great Wall of China in September, and says her ability to do this is down to the amazing response from emergency services and the Scillonian community.

You can sponsor Faye at her JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Faye-Webb2/

The charity recently took delivery of two new aircraft and Tom says they’re hoping to arrange an event later this year so islanders can get a chance to take a look.