Devon Air Ambulance publishes first annual report
DEVON Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT), the registered charity which raises money to fund the county s two emergency aircraft, has published its first ever annual report. The 16-page document has been designed to clearly explain the charity s role, its operati
DEVON Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT), the registered charity which raises money to fund the county's two emergency aircraft, has published its first ever annual report.
The 16-page document has been designed to clearly explain the charity's role, its operations and achievements, fund-raising activities, the work of its volunteers, a summary of financial information and its plans for the future.
DAAT Chief Executive Hel�na Holt said: "As the scale of the operations we support has increased year on year alongside the aim of keeping two emergency helicopters in the air when and where they are needed, so too has the income we need to attain these objectives increased.
"As a result, we feel that it more important than ever to maintain the highest levels of transparency in all things we do. As members of the FundRaising Standards Board, we are committed to treating the public with respect, fairness, honesty and clarity in all money-raising activities.
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"We want everyone in the county to give with confidence on the grounds that they know we are scrupulous, thorough and transparent in administration, governance and when we are handling their money.
"The new Annual Report, not only sets out our mission, vision and values and what we actually do to achieve them, it provides an avenue for the people of Devon to see where the money they donate is going.
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"Our aim is to provide best practice and best value for money. Our accounts are available for anyone to see and are available on our website.
"This annual report is an important vehicle for us to convey our key messages and how we have performed. We are greatly indebted to Ashley House Printing Company Ltd for supporting its production and for a number of photographic contributions, most notably from Tony Cobley who worked tirelessly capturing the images we needed."
During 2008, DAAT purchased its own EC135 emergency helicopter, gained planning permission for a new purpose-built airbase for its North Devon operation and established a dedicated Air Ambulance despatch team at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust's control room.
"During that time, the charity treated and/or conveyed to hospital more than 1,100 people, around 10 per cent of whom were children.