Bank Fines Pay For New Cornwall Air Ambulance Building

From left: Steve Double MP, Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE, Paula Martin (chief executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust) and Clive Dickin (national director of the Association of Air Ambulances)

From left: Steve Double MP, Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE, Paula Martin (chief executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust) and Clive Dickin (national director of the Association of Air Ambulances)

Cornwall Air Ambulance has a new volunteering and fundraising base, made possible by the Libor fines imposed on the banks by the government.

The Lady Mary Holborow Fundraising and Volunteering Building at Newquay Airport was opened on Friday by Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE, the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall.

A grant of £241,000 has allowed the charity to expand its base at the site, providing a new space for volunteers to work amongst paid staff.

There’s also a dedicated clinical training room for paramedics and doctors, allowing the paramedics to study for their Masters degrees in Pre-Hospital Critical Care.

The new building is named after Lady Mary Holborow DCVO in recognition for the service she has given to Cornwall Air Ambulance as Chairman of the board of trustees since 2012.

Last year the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced that a total of £5 million from bank fines would be shared between twenty air ambulance charities across the UK.

Mr Osborne said: “It is absolutely right that we use funds from those who demonstrated the worst values to reward those who demonstrate the best, like our hardworking air ambulance crews.”