Cornwall LivingIssue #87
Saving time saving lives
We catch up with Cornish Horizons and learn about their pledge of support to Cornwall’s Air Ambulance service.
The perfect break in Cornwall means different things to different people, but ensuring we all have access to emergency care (even if we need it whilst on holiday) is a top priority for everybody. This is why Cornish Horizons – one of the county’s leading holiday companies – has pledged its support to the Cornwall Air Ambulance.
“having the Air Ambulance is vital. We’re proud to say that every penny goes to the Cornwall Air Ambulance, as it should”
Cornish Horizons, which has five offices throughout Cornwall, raised over £9,500 last year for Cornwall Air Ambulance by enabling customers to make a voluntary donation of just £2 when booking their holiday online.
Harriet Wills, Cornish Horizons’ Marketing Manger, tells us: “We can’t believe how quickly we’ve raised such a large sum of money. It just goes to show how important our guests feel the Air Ambulance is. You never know when you will need it and, being such a large county – which in the height of summer becomes extremely busy – having the Air Ambulance is vital. We’re proud to say that every penny goes to the Cornwall Air Ambulance, as it should.”
Catherine Coad, who works alongside Harriet, continues: “Our visit to the base near Newquay was incredible. To see the helicopters and the amazing equipment they carry on board was also humbling, and we are delighted that our guests recognise the importance of this service.”
The Cornwall Air Ambulance has been saving lives across the county since 1987, flying more than 700 lifesaving missions each year. The helicopter can be dispatched within just three minutes of a 999 call and, on average, can be at the scene of an accident or incident anywhere in Cornwall within 12 minutes. The crew can treat patients on the scene or take them to the hospital that best suits their needs, be that in Cornwall or at specialist hospitals out of county, such as Derriford’s Trauma Unit or Bristol Children’s Hospital. Reaching these specialist centres takes minutes, rather than the hours it can take by road, and it’s this that makes the Air Ambulance so important – when a life hangs in the balance, speed is absolutely critical.
To find out more about the partnership between Cornish Horizons and the Cornwall Air Ambulance, visit www.cornishhorizons.co.uk/about/our-chosen-charity
"having the Air Ambulance is vital. We’re proud to say that every penny goes to the Cornwall Air Ambulance, as it should"