Devon Air Ambulance Trust
Jumping for Devon Air Ambulance Trust truly makes a difference to help save lives in and around the county of Devon. The Charity is independent of Government and National Lottery funding, with every single penny of the £5.5 million raised and donated each year helping to keep the two helicopters flying.
The Trust is here for everyone; old or young, resident or holidaymaker. In 2015 the charity funded service assisted 806 patients with 10% of these patients being under the age of 18. The uniqueness of an air ambulance is that we can fly past the nearest hospital and instead convey the patient to the specialist treatment centre most appropriate for their needs, ensuring patients receive the best possible care and giving them the best chance of survival. Proud to be independent of Government and National Lottery funding, we are extremely grateful for the generous donations from the people, communities and businesses of Devon and the South West; every penny raised is making a real difference. Freya, aged just 17, decided that she wanted to raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance Trust after her grandad Pete needed an emergency hospital transfer from North Devon District Hospital to the RD&E Wonford Hospital in Exeter for specialist treatment after suffering severe chest pains. She chose to do a tandem skydive to thank the charity. Freya says "As grandad was suffering severe chest pains his doctors were concerned that he would suffer a fatal heart attack if he didn't receive specialist treatment at the RD&E in Exeter quickly. A land ambulance journey wouldn't have been quick enough to ensure this, which is why the air ambulance were called." She added "I truly know now the importance of the air ambulance in Devon and cannot thank them enough. This is why I decided to do a tandem skydive and I was proud to raise £1,300 for the charity in order to say a huge thank you!?" Why not follow in Freya's footsteps and choose to support us with your skydive too?