Cornwall Air Ambulance flies more than 700 missions every year bringing vital emergency medical treatment in minutes to patients across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It does not receive any government support for these missions and relies on the generosity of its supporters.
Taking to the skies in 1987, Cornwall Air Ambulance was the first air ambulance in the UK. It has now completed more than 26,000 missions, saving countless lives. Cornwall Air Ambulance is on scene on average in just 12 minutes in mainland Cornwall and less than 30 minutes on the Isles of Scilly. The paramedic aircrew provide pre-hospital critical care at the scene of the incident and can go on to fly the patient to specialist hospital units in Cornwall, Devon or Bristol and even as far as Swansea.
We rely on our supporters for the running costs of £3 million a year. Anyone could need this service at any time whether local or visitor, young or old. For the half a million people who call Cornwall home, as well as the millions who visit the county, Cornwall Air Ambulance is a reassuring presence, and it’s all thanks to the support of people like you.
Every single member of the Cornwall Air Ambulance team knows the critical difference that the helicopter emergency medical service makes to the county’s residents and visitors.
The team are proud to work with supporters to keep the air ambulance flying. Some staff the charity shops while others organise events. Some are office based while others are out and about sharing news about missions.