More Government cash to support Cornwall Air Ambulance

Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay has welcomed today’s announcement by the Department of Health and Social Care that Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust is being awarded more than £1m in Government funding.

The announcement sees the trust awarded a £1,397.700 capital grant from the Chancellor’s fund of £10m for Air Ambulance charities in England

Of this £837,700 is to build an extension for the operating facility, based in Steve’s Mid-Cornwall constituency, to help in increasing the clinical and operations team and extending operating hours of the helicopter from 12 to 19 hours per day, 7 days a week, year round, and save up to 2 more lives a day in Cornwall.

The remaining £500,000 is capital towards the cost of purchasing the Cornwall Air Ambulance’s new helicopter,

Commenting, Steve said:

“I am delighted at this latest award of government funding for our vital air ambulance service.”

“This grant is both important in helping CAAT extend its facilities but also a significant amount towards the final target for their new helicopter.”

“Since I have been an MP and under this Conservative Government, air ambulance charities have received substantial grants from LIBOR, and now public purse funds. This continues to demonstrate that this government understands how important our air ambulance charities are and the huge impact they have on the lives of people they assist.”

“Congratulations to the team at Cornwall Air Ambulance for all they do and particularly for getting this funding.”

“I encourage people to keep on giving generously to the New Heli appeal as thanks to this funding and the always generous donations of Cornwall, the final target is closer than ever before.”