Devon Air Ambulance Trust supported by Devon Freemasons

Friday, 02 September, 2011

In the last four years the Freemasons' Grand Charity has distributed £759,000 between every Air Ambulance service in England and Wales.

The Freemasons' Grand Charity supports Air Ambulance charities in the delivery of their potentially life-saving services. To date, £759,000 has been donated to what is considered the busiest voluntary emergency service in the country.

The Air Ambulance charities in England and Wales fly about 19,000 missions per year at a cost of about £0.5 million per week, met almost entirely by donations from the public. The speed with which the ambulances are able to respond to emergencies and transport patients to hospital greatly improves the survival chances of individuals involved in serious road traffic collisions, medical emergencies and other incidents, 365 days of the year.

All Provincial Grand Lodges across England and Wales were invited to nominate an Air Ambulance charity to receive a share of a total grant of £192,000. Devonshire Provincial Grand Lodge successfully nominated the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and W.Bro. Derek Webber, Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Devonshire recently presented them with their cheque for £4,000 at the Trust's headquarters in Exeter, Devon.

Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director of Devon Air Ambulance Trust, said "We would like to thank everyone at the Devonshire Provincial Grand Lodge for nominating Devon Air Ambulance Trust for this fantastic gift. A mission costs in the region of £3,300. Therefore this donation will make a huge difference, not only to a patient, but also to their family, friends, colleagues and community."

W. Bro. Derek Webber said "We are pleased to be able to play our part in helping this important element of the emergency services".

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