North Devon Animal Ambulance has been gifted a second animal ambulance thanks to generous donations from the public.

North Devon Animal Ambulance has taken ownership of a second ambulance after driving the equivalent of nine times around the world.

The charity, run by Diana Lewis, rescues creatures of all shapes and sizes and over the past four years its ambulance has travelled more than 200,000 miles.

Taw Garages in Barnstaple provided the charity with the brand new ambulance, with Diana picking up the keys yesterday (Thursday).

Diana said: “All of us at North Devon Animal Ambulance would like to express our sincere gratitude to the people of North Devon for providing this new ambulance for the animals.

Pauline Bussell, Chairperson of NDAA, Diana Lewis, Founding Trustee of NDAA, Mark Brend of Taw Garages, Jane Dennis-Smither, Treasurer NDAA, Mick Lewis, NDAA Ambulance Driver Picture: Seth ConwayPauline Bussell, Chairperson of NDAA, Diana Lewis, Founding Trustee of NDAA, Mark Brend of Taw Garages, Jane Dennis-Smither, Treasurer NDAA, Mick Lewis, NDAA Ambulance Driver Picture: Seth Conway

“The customised vehicle Taw Garages has provided means that our patients travel in comfort and with the minimum of stress.

“They’ve always provided NDAA with excellent service and support in keeping the ambulance on the road.”

Diana’s husband Mick is often seen behind the wheel of the ambulance, and Diana herself has travelled more than 140,000 miles her in own car carrying out volunteer work.

In the 12 months from September last year, NDAA collected 2,186 animals and 1,230 animals have been treated in the welfare clinic by volunteer veterinary surgeons Heather Hammond and Brian Crawford.

Mark Brend of Taw Garages hands over the new Animal Ambulance to the charity's founding trustee Diana Lewis. Picture: Seth ConwayMark Brend of Taw Garages hands over the new Animal Ambulance to the charity's founding trustee Diana Lewis. Picture: Seth Conway

Diana will continue to run the previous ambulance allowing the charity to now have two ambulances on the road to cater with the growing demand for its services in North Devon.

Engineers at Taw Garages, owned by the Brend Group, also fitted bespoke elements within the ambulance so that animals can be transported with maximum care and support.

Richard Brend, managing director at Taw Garages: “We’re delighted to continue our support for Diana and the North Devon Animal Ambulance.

“Her work and that of the charity is incredible. With so many miles to cover at least the animals and the ambulance driver can get to their destination in as much comfort as possible.”

Diana Lewis picks up the keys for the new North Devon Animal Ambulance. Picture: Seth ConwayDiana Lewis picks up the keys for the new North Devon Animal Ambulance. Picture: Seth Conway