Gabi gains £8,500 for Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust

A student from North Cornwall has raised £8,500 of vital funds for Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust through a special project.

Gabi Campbell from Bude approached the charity when she was looking for a voluntary placement as part of her BSc (Hons) degree in Rural Business Management at Duchy College.

Gabi was inspired to work with Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust after being airlifted by helicopter following a care accident almost five years ago. Her project involved researching and contacting over 70 grant-making trusts, building relationships with trustees and completing application forms.

So far £8,500 has already been awarded to the charity, with over 50 grant-making trusts currently considering applications.

The success of the project has gained Gabi a first for this module of her degree. The money will go towards Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust’s medical equipment fund.

Chief executive for CAAT Paula Martin said  “Gabi is the first degree student to approach the charity offering to help us with a major fundraising project as part of her study programme. “She set about the task with great determination and diligence, and we hope that when the final total rolls in, she will feel very proud of what she achieved.”

Gabi said: “This was a new approach to fundraising for the charity so there was a steep learning curve. But I love being involved with charities and I think Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust do an amazing job. “I don’t think Cornwall could cope without it – it’s vital to the whole community and you never know when you’re going to need it.” 

Dr Jurie Intachat, Gabi’s course manager from Duchy College said: “We are very proud of Gabi’s achievement for such a good cause.  We are also really pleased that our aims for this course have resulted in such a worthwhile outcome for her placement provider as well as Gabi’s marks!”