Cornwall Air Ambulance Comes Home

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust is opening a new retail store in its home town, Newquay, and is appealing for volunteers to come onboard.

The charity is moving into the former Blockbuster premises in East Street and is planning to open the new store on Thursday 18th September.

Julie Burley, Head of Retail for Cornwall Air Ambulance, said: “Ever since we launched our first retail store a couple of years back, people have asked why we don’t have a store in our home town of Newquay.

“The people of Newquay probably see the Cornwall Air Ambulance more than any other population in Cornwall, and we have always been very fortunate with the strength of support we receive from our home town.

“Now the residents of Newquay, along with the hundreds of thousands who visit every year, have another way to support this lifesaving charity and keep Cornwall Air Ambulance flying.”

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

The Newquay store will employ a shop manager and will be open 6 days per week, providing enough volunteers come forward to help man it.

Mrs Burley said: “Newquay is our eighth permanent store in Cornwall and we have an army of over 300 volunteers throughout the county who man our shops. They are so vital to the running of this charity we have named them our ‘Groundcrew’.

“We’re hoping the people of Newquay will get behind this most local of charities and help us make the Newquay store a success.

“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