Devon Air Ambulance Trust
When every second counts, getting specialist critical care skills to the scene is paramount. The beautiful Devon coastlines and rural wilderness enjoyed by both locals and tourists can present a significant challenge in getting to an emergency.
The charity's two emergency helicopters deliver expert critical care to patients wherever they may be. In addition, the charity have recently added a Critical Care Car to the fleet which delivers rapid support by road and can operate when the weather prevents the aircraft from flying.
Adam and Charlie have both had the pleasure of working alongside the Devon Air Ambulance team this year and have seen first hand the amazing work they do supporting the community. Their lessons learnt from observing decision making in stressful and austere environments will be fundamental on the row.
RNLI Lifeboats provide a 24/7 search and rescue service to protect the coastline. In Devon the coast plays an integral part in our daily lives - as a place of work, leisure or training! However, the sea can change in an instant and when that happens, it is volunteers who are there to save the day. There are on average 26 launches a day, assisting over 8000 people a year. Embarking on this challenge involves logging many hours at sea and we will remain very aware of the unpredictability of the ocean and the respect crossing the Atlantic demands.
Charlie and Adam have selected Mind as one of their charities, having seen first hand the huge impact the current pandemic has had on mental health nationally. 60% of adults and 68% of young people are struggling with their mental health. Covid-19 has had a heavy toll on the mental health of many healthcare workers with recent figures suggesting around half of doctors have emotional distress with high levels of anxiety. Mind are providing fantastic access to mental health support to both individuals and workplaces but are facing significant funding challenges, given that normal fundraising events are understandably cancelled. We are honoured to be able to give back to such a worthy cause.
The Royal Devon & Exeter Charity provides services to thousands of patients every year that the NHS is unable to offer. This includes over 120 different funds supporting individual wards, departments or patient groups. We see first hand the benefits that this holistic charity has for our patients. Adam and Charlie have spent the last three and a half years working in the RD&E Emergency Department and the row presents a fantastic opportunity to support the hospital in delivering great care to patients during these challenging times. Hospitals can be a very frightening place for children, especially with everyone wearing masks; the charities current appeal is aiming to raise £450,000 to create a dedicated warm, bright and engaging space for the children and families who use our children’s services and outpatient waiting areas.