People can fly a Cornwall Air Ambulance mission from their phone, tablet or computer screen thanks to the release of a 360-degree film to coincide with Fund a Flight Week (11 to 17 September).
Viewers will find themselves strapped into the Cornwall Air Ambulance MD902 helicopter as it lifts off from the charity’s airbase near Newquay, on its way to help a woman at Caerhays Beach.
Swipe right and you’ll see Captain Craig Webster at the controls of the aircraft. Swipe left and you’ll experience beautiful views of the Cornish coast whizzing past at 140mph. The simulated mission sees the crew treating the patient, played by one of the charity’s fundraisers, at the beach before airlifting her to Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske.
Captain Webster said: “Because you have 360-degree vision, you see everything that myself and the rest of the crew would see as we fly on a mission. I have to admit it was a little eerie to find I’m sitting next to myself in the helicopter.”
The film has been released on Facebook and Youtube to celebrate Fund a Flight Week, an annual week of fundraising held to support Cornwall Air Ambulance. This year the charity is urging people to get sponsored to wear something red, whether it’s a pair socks, a onesie, a dress or even a wig.
Alternatively, people can text KRNW01£ plus the amount they’d like to donate to 70070 or set up a regular donation to the charity here.
Becky Wise, Senior Fundraising Officer at Cornwall Air Ambulance, said: “The 360 film shows exactly what Fund a Flight Week is about, which is raising money so the Cornwall Air Ambulance crew can fly to the aid of people in urgent need of lifesaving care. Please do get sponsored to wear something red or encourage all your classmate or work colleagues to pledge £1 to brighten up their wardrobe. However, the reality is Cornwall Air Ambulance needs your support throughout the year, so we would be delighted if Fund a Flight Week inspires people to set up a regular donation through the Cornwall Air Ambulance website.”
You can also buy 360 degree cardboard viewers from the Cornwall Air Ambulance headquarters at Trevithick Downs, Newquay for £5. You can find out more here.