The donation will enable the air ambulance to purchase a new epoch blood analysis system. This portable equipment will allow paramedics to conduct an immediate and comprehensive analysis of the patient’s blood sample at scene, to support their diagnosis and begin early treatment. Ultimately the equipment will help to save the lives of the critically ill and injured. The equipment will be available on the Critical Care Cars and the new AW169 air ambulance helicopter for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, which is due to fly from April 2020.
The Charitable Trust was set up in 2003, to provide a focus for the company’s charitable activities. Since then, it has raised over £800,000 to help local causes and charities throughout the South West.
Piers Thompson, Chairman of the Trust said: “We’re delighted to be able to donate towards new lifesaving equipment for the Cornwall Air Ambulance. It was the first air ambulance service in the UK and since 1987 has completed more than 26,000 missions and saved countless lives.
“As a company we’re very proud to support this heroic local charity and its fantastic work.”
Cath Collier, Fund Raising Officer from Cornwall Air Ambulance said: “This year Cornwall Air Ambulance has undertaken more than 1,000 life-saving missions to bring vital emergency treatment in minutes, to patients across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We could not have done it without the generosity of supporters and charities like St Austell Brewery, that help to keep it flying.”
For more information about the Cornwall Air Ambulance, please see https://cornwallairambulancetrust.org.
To find out more about the St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust or to make a donation request, visit https://www.staustellbrewery.co.uk/Charitable-Trust.