From the Chief Executive

Every year, between 60 and 100 children are airlifted to hospital by the Cornwall Air Ambulance - your local air ambulance charity, established back in 1987, and the first air ambulance to take to the skies in the UK.

These children have been picked up from their homes, road traffic collisions, accidents in school and on beaches.

A number are also transferred in the Cornwall Air Ambulance helicopter from our hospitals in Cornwall to other specialist hospitals elsewhere in the UK, such as the Bristol Royal Infirmary Children’s Hospital.

As a charity, we pledge that the Cornwall Air Ambulance is available to anyone seriously sick and injured at the point of need, and this includes children.

We have always airlifted children, year in year out, for almost 28 years. We are able to make provision for specialist paediatric consultants to accompany their patient during inter-hospital transfers, and we can carry specialist equipment with the patient when needed. Again, this has always been the case.

Imagine our shock and disappointment to find it has been suggested that while fundraising in a local supermarket, another air ambulance charity is alleged to have said that the Cornwall Air Ambulance refuses to undertake emergency flights for children.

We were contacted by confused members of the public, who wanted clarification that what they had been told was not true. We have taken the matter up with the charity concerned and hope that if mistakes have occurred, our alerting them to this will help them to put things right in the future.

In this edition of our magazine, you can read about two very special case studies involving children who desperately needed the help of Cornwall Air Ambulance. Thanks to supporters like you, they got that help. 

With incredible response times across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall Air Ambulance played a vital part in their survival, and we want to thank the families for allowing us to share their stories with you.

To help more children like them, and grown-ups too, you know what to do. Please keep donating, whether through a regular standing order, or in our charity shops, or by holding an event, or taking on a fundraising challenge in 2015. Our website is choc-full of ideas, and if you need more help and advice, pick up the phone and call the fundraising team today. 

Thank you.