Thursday 15th March 2018
Showground, Wadebridge

91 Missions in August for Cornwall Air Ambulance

August proved the busiest month of 2017 so far for Cornwall Air Ambulance with its crew carrying out 91 missions to people in need of urgent medical care.

The statistics are revealed as the charity urges people to ditch their dull clothes and wear something red for Fund a Flight Week (11 to 17 September), to help raise funds to keep the air ambulance flying.

Throughout August a total of 81 missions were flown in the air ambulance helicopters and 10 were carried out using the charity’s critical care cars.

Medical emergencies accounted for 48 missions, including 35 people suffering from heart related problems. There were also 43 missions to people who suffered serious injuries, including seven traffic accidents and three horse riding injuries.

And as locals and tourists flocked to the seaside during August, the air ambulance crew were called to 12 emergencies on the coast, including people suffering heart problems on the beach and patients who injured themselves falling from rocks.

Cornwall Air Ambulance, a charity funded by donations, also responded to.

St Day – an injured stock car driver was treated at the scene following an accident and was taken to hospital by land ambulance.

Padstow – a cyclist was hurt while riding the Camel Trail. The air ambulance landed on a nearby field, the patient was treated and then flown to Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske.

St Columb Major – a rider suffered injuries after being thrown from a horse. The patient was treated and airlifted to Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske.

Fund a Flight Week begins on Monday 17 September and is a great opportunity for people to show their support for Cornwall Air Ambulance by wearing something red.

Becky Wise, Senior Fundraising Officer, said: “You could convince your entire class or office to wear red for the day with each person donating £1. Or perhaps sponsor your boss or teacher to wear red for the week.

Together we can turn Cornwall red and help fund the lifesaving work of the air ambulance crew. If you’re looking for some fundraising inspiration, contact Cornwall Air Ambulance’s fundraising team on 01637 889926 or email enquiries@cornwallairambulancetrust.org.