Newquay Welcomes Air Ambulance Store

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust’s new Newquay store opened on Thursday 18th September to a fantastic reception from the town.

The charity has moved into the former Blockbuster premises in East Street and took over £1,000 in sales on its first day.

Shop Manager Donna Fisher said: “We could not be happier with the reception we’ve had from the people of Newquay.

“We had people queuing at the doors before we opened, and we’ve heard so many positive comments from members of the community.

“In our first day we had hundreds of people through the doors and took over £1,000 which will help keep Cornwall Air Ambulance flying.

The people of Newquay feel a great sense of ownership over the air ambulance, and this has really come across in the way we have been welcomed into the town.”

Cornwall Air Ambulance flies around 800 emergency missions every year from its airbase near Newquay, and is funded entirely by charitable donations.

Comments in the visitors book on the first day included: “A wonderful shop – with lovely friendly staff”, “Thank you for coming to Newquay”, and “You saved my life, and my husband. Thank You.”

Volunteer Coordinator Jackie Eastwood spent the day in store chatting to locals to sign up new volunteers.

The shop has a paid manager but will be mainly manned by volunteers.

Mrs Eastwood said: “We hope the people of Newquay will consider donating a little of their time to help keep the shop open and the air ambulance flying. Volunteers are so vital to the running of this charity we have named them our ‘Groundcrew’.

“Volunteering is a great way of meeting new people, learning new skills and, of course, helping your community. You don’t need any previous experience and you can give as much or as little time as suits you.”

To find out more about volunteering for Cornwall Air Ambulance, call Jackie Eastwood, volunteer coordinator, on 01637 889926 or visit www.cornwallairambulancetrust.org/volunteer