Cornwall Air Ambulance was the first air ambulance in the UK, and for over 30 years, it has been providing a vital helicopter emergency service to the community of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, flying 365 days a year and attending an average of 2-3 missions every day. This dedicated purpose built and highly equipped aircraft flies at 140mph, and on average arrives on scene within 12 minutes of a 999 call, significantly reducing the time taken to get seriously ill patients the treatment they need - in hospital or on-scene. In very many cases over the last 30 years, this has made the difference between life and death.
The service attend around 700 incidents each year, with current mission numbers in excess of 26,000. Cornwall lends itself to an air ambulance service well due to its widely scattered population, remote communities, and easily congested road networks which make the use of conventional ambulances more difficult. Cornwall's beaches, cliff tops and moorland areas attract many people, some of whom participate in water sports and extreme sports, a vital part of our tourism and leisure economy, but a factor which also increases the frequency of accidents.
Cornwall's Air Ambulances distinctive helicopter remains one of the busiest in the UK yet they do not receive any central government funding for running costs and are reliant upon the support of local and regional supporters, businesses and individuals alike, to help them reach their target of £3.5m.
Lappa Valley Steam Railway is extremely proud to be supporting Cornwall Air Ambulance throughout 2017.