Two 2018 Vauxhall Mokka's have been handed over to Devon Freewheelers after two seperate funding applications were submitted to assist three air ambulances in three counties.
We've nicknamed it #bloodtohelimed; and after the success of supplying the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance for the last two years with life saving whole blood to their aircraft, we're delighted to now be in a position to do the same for Devon Air Ambulance.
The world of freemasonary never stops in its efforts to support charity and the community, and thanks to the Mark Benevolent Fund we have purchased a new Vauxhall Mokka to serve a new project to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.
The People of Dorset and Somerset have benefitted from the Devon Freewheelers service since 2016 and it has saved so many lives. Charity Founder Daniel Lavery approached the Devon Air Ambulance many years ago to offer them a free service however due to operational reasons the Air Ambulance has only recently developed to a point where it can now carry blood products on board the aircraft.
Daniel says: "It's exciting times. We've had the Devon car a couple of months now and it is in its final stages of preparation when it will be ready to go into service. The Dorset and Somerset car is a replacement and is already in service."
The vehicles represent a whopping £44,000 investment into serving the air ambulance charities, not including all the running costs associated in the service provision.
The Henry Surtees Foundation has once again funded the third replacement of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance car, which is now operated locally in Dorchester by volunteers recruited by the Charity. Dan says: "we ran the service for the best part of a year from Honiton in East Devon but we were racking up 1000 miles a week. It made sense to recruit more volunteers in Dorset to help us and they do a spectacular job"
DSAA report dozens of lives have been saved as a result of the blood being available on board the aircraft. If you've received a life saving blood transfusion at the roadside and would like to share your story - please get in touch. We could even introduce you to the volunteer who helped save your life!