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Cornwall air ambulance opens new HQ

Filed under: Air Ambulance Organisation News — Posted by: Andrew on February 8, 2012

Clearly celebrating its 25th anniversary in style, the Cornwall Air Ambulance has landed for the first time at its new Newquay airport home.

The charity has for the last two years been operating out of a temporary facility since the closure of RAF St Mawgan. However, following fund raising efforts and a £1 million investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), a new purpose built headquarters can now be enjoyed.

For the first time in the charity’s quarter of a century history, both the operational and fund raising side of the team will also be on the same site. Speaking about the new accommodation, chief executive of the trust, Paula Martin, said:

“…this new building will provide a fabulous purpose-built operational facility. A lot of people have worked very hard to make this building happen…”

The move shows the increasing importance of air ambulance services in the UK, to provide emergency support in times of severe illness and accident.

Such services also play a huge role in helping those being repatriated to the UK get to hospital in as smooth a way and quick a time as possible too, following their rescue from abroad.

It is all provided through charitable donations and funding from local businesses, and relies on the support of the local medical teams.

Despite the critical service provided though, they are often not much considered until they are required. To all intents and purposes though, they are just as important a service as any other emergency response crew throughout the UK.

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