“Suits You Louise” – Lions donate Flying Suites to Paramedics
Critical care paramedic, Louise (pictured left), of Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust (CAAT) was delighted to show off one of the new flying suits which have been purchased with the aid of a £2,000 grant from Newquay Towan Blystra Lions when members of the club were invited for a tour of the helicopter and base outside Newquay.
Some of the crew of Helimed Zero One were on hand to explain the importance of every donation made to the running of the life-saving charity and gave an insight into their roles which are currently the subject of a ten-part documentary series ‘Cornwall Air 999’ being shown on the Quest channel every Friday evening at 9pm.
Lion President, Jill Bunt said: “We actually made the donation a few months ago but the two flying suits had to be tailor-made and this has been the first opportunity we had to join the crew and see them first-hand.
“Cornwall Air Ambulance means so much to the residents and visitors of our county and we have regular contact with the charity to establish if there are specific pieces of equipment that we can fund to help in their life-saving missions.”
In addition to other donations over the years, in 2012 CAAT were recipients of one of the first major grants which Towan Blystra Lions made after they formed. At that time they purchased a specialist laryngoscope which cost £4,500 and this has been a key piece of equipment which has been used to be able to intubate patients, particularly in dark or difficult to access locations.
Pictured with Louise (from left) are critical care paramedics Lisa and Pete, Lions Jill Bunt, Barbara Pearson, Heather Stanley and Jo Rowland with critical care paramedic Martin behind them.