Posted by Louisa Heath on July 19th, 2019.
Each and every month staff at TorFX work to raise money for a different local or national charity, to both support and promote awareness of a variety of important causes.
In June our staff chose to support Cornwall Air Ambulance, a charity responsible for bringing vital emergency medical treatment to patients across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Cornwall’s challenging topography means that reaching medical emergencies in a timely manner by road is a difficult task, thanks to the region’s hard-to-reach beaches, rural homes and narrow roads.
As a result, it should come as no surprise that the Cornwall Air Ambulance was the first of its kind to come into service in the UK in order to meet the region’s unique needs.
First launching in 1987 and remaining on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year, the air ambulance has attended more than 26,000 incidents across the region, ranging from road traffic collisions to cliff-side accidents and cases of cardiac arrest.
However, as the Cornwall Air Ambulance does not receive any government support for its operation its continued service is entirely reliant on the donations and support of the general public.
At present, they are in the midst of the New Heli Appeal, a campaign to raise £2.5 million in order to fund the purchase of a new air ambulance which is both faster and bigger than the two current helicopters.
With a greater fuel capacity and the ability to carry a larger range of medical equipment this next generation helicopter would enable Cornwall Air Ambulance to improve its quality of care even further.
Over the course of the month our staff were able to raise £300 through a sponsored weekly dress down, taking advantage of the opportunity to switch into shorts for the rising summer temperatures.
If you want to support Cornwall Air Ambulance yourself and help bring its next generation helicopter one step closer then be sure to check out their website to learn more.
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