Santander Helps Keep Helicopter Flying High

Cornwall Air Ambulance has received a £2,500 grant from the Santander Foundation.

The grant was provided from the Foundation’s Community Plus initiative which provides grants of up to £5,000 for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

The donation will help fund vital rescue missions throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Every year Cornwall Air Ambulance needs to raise £2.5 million to fly around 800 rescue missions, delivering fast and effective medical care to patients in their time of need.

Susie Smith, head of fundraising at Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, said: "We're really grateful to Santander for this generous donation, and are especially grateful to Rosie from Santander's Helston branch who nominated us.

"Cornwall Air Ambulance is there for anybody who lives in or visits Cornwall, and this is a great example of an international company supporting a local charity that really will benefit the local community."

Ant Jones, manager at Santander’s Helston branch said: “Community Plus allows our staff and customers to nominate local charities that are most in need of assistance.  We are delighted to be supporting Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”

The Community Plus fund provides grants of up to £5,000 to small, local charities with funding available to cover salaries, equipment or materials.  For more information please visit:

Cornwall's scattered population, rugged landscape, isolated rural and island communities, secluded beaches and slow road network mean Cornwall Air Ambulance is an essential service for local people.