People Power Helps Fund New Crew Kit

Cornwall Air Ambulance will have new crew uniforms after people power helped the charity gain the most number of votes in a nationwide competition. 

It polled the most votes in the Salts Medilink Family Fund competition and today the CEO of the Cornwall Air Ambulance, Paula Martin presented with a cheque for £5,100 by Philip Salt of healthcare firm Salts Medilink and showed off the new crew uniform designs.

Salts Medilink is a family-owned, 600 staff strong firm from Birmingham that distributes healthcare products throughout the UK and is headed by Philip Salt, a tenth-generation member of the Salt family.  The company has nineteen local branches throughout the UK and each of the branches nominated a charity as part of the Salts Medilink Family Fund.  Then via social media, members of the public were asked to vote over a six month period with Cornwall Ambulance receiving a massive 48% of the votes.

The new uniform will consist of a one-piece suit similar to that currently worn by the crew, as well as a two-piece suit paid for by the Salts donation.

Paula Martin, Cornwall Air Ambulance CEO said: “I’m delighted that we have won this fantastic and significant donation which has helped us provide new crew uniforms. £5,100 is an incredible amount which will have a direct impact of our service.

“The uniforms currently worn by our Paramedic aircrew are starting to reach the end of their useful life, many of them having been repaired a number of times.

“Air ambulance uniforms are surprisingly technical, having to conform to fire and clinical standards, as well as being comfortable and practical to wear. The new two-piece flying suit, provided thanks to public votes and the Salts donation, will be more comfortable and flexible for the crew to wear, allowing them to continue to provide the best possible care to our patients.

“We’re extremely proud and grateful to our supporters who voted for us to win this donation. Many of the voters were from outside Cornwall, but know what a difference this donation will make to both the visitors and residents of Cornwall.”

Philip Salt, Chief Executive of Salts Medilink said: “This is the first year of the Salts Medilink Family Fund.  We started it because we wanted to give something back to the areas where we have our branches.  But we wanted the public to make the decisions for us and we’ve been amazed how many votes have been cast showing that all the charities that were nominated have a very special place in people’s hearts.”

“The new uniform designs look fantastic and I’m very proud that Salts Medilink will have a direct positive impact on the service for many years to come.”