A Barnstaple business has provided Devon Air Ambulance Trust with the town’s first night landing site.

Accord UK has provided access to land at its Whiddon Valley base for a Community Landing Site, with floodlighting that will allow the air ambulance to land safely during hours of darkness.

The lights will be operated remotely by the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services team responsible for dispatching the air ambulance.

Toby Russell, community landing sites development officer said: “We are delighted to see the new community landing site at Accord UK become operational and this is the first of such sites to be located in Barnstaple.

“This site will enable us to fly into the Whiddon Valley area during the hours of darkness to deliver enhanced pre-hospital critical care to patients from the community or those involved in RTC’s on nearby roads.

“We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to Accord UK for developing the site, and in particular to Simon Beer, facilities manager at Accord UK, who has helped drive the project and ensure the development and installation of the lighting solution and site readiness, has gone so smoothly.”

Accord UK’s managing director of operations, Sandra Lee, said: To be able to support the local community through access to a landing site in the town to help people in need and to also support the life changing work of Devon Air Ambulance is fantastic.

“We look forward to this collaboration and developing the relationship further.”