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The charity which runs Cornwall's air ambulance is looking for volunteers to help its fund raising. It costs two million pounds a year to run the ambulance, which doesn't get any funding from central government.
The charity wants to recruit around a hundred vounteers to man its eight shops in the county. The air ambulance carries out more than eight hundred rescues each year.
Wiltshire Air Ambulance says it needs to raise two and a half million pounds every year to keep the service going. It has just signed a deal for a new helicopter.
The Air Ambulance has been flying for 21 years in partnership with Wiltshire Police, but it is going alone later this year and needs to make up the financial shortfall. Our Wiltshire Correspondent Robert Murphy has the story.
The Dorset and Somerset air ambulances has been cleared to resume normal flights after being grounded on Thursday by the discovery of a technical fault.
Operator Bond Air Services cleared both EC135 aircraft to return to service yesterday.
It is the same model which recently crashed in Glasgow killing 10 people.
At this time Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is currently suspended from flying. After initial investigations a technical fault has been found on the aircraft (G-DORS) and work is now underway to rectify the problem. The Charity is working with Bond Air Services to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.
Patient needs will continue to be our top priority. Our crew will be on hand to attend, and assist if the need arises, via our Rapid Response Vehicle which is located at our airbase on the Dorset and Somerset border.
Dorset and Somerset's Air Ambulance is still grounded today amid concerns over its safety. The helicopter is the same model as the one that crashed into a pub in Glasgow last week killing ten people. The helicopter is based in Wellington in Somerset.
During normal operations yesterday, one of our EC135 fleet experienced an indication defect that requires further technical investigation.
Therefore as a precautionary measure we have temporarily suspended service operations whilst we undertake detailed diagnosis.
We are now conducting functional tests across each of our EC135 aircraft in order to gather more specific information.
We apologise for the disruption to service.
The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has been grounded while emergency checks are carried out. The helicopter, which is leased by Bond Aviation in Gloucestershire, is the same model as the craft which crashed into a Glasgow pub earlier this month. All EC-135's have been grounded.
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The Duchess of Cornwall will officially open the new Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust headquarters at Newquay Airport today. The building is the first air ambulance charity headquarters in the UK to house both operational crew and fundraising staff on one site.
The Duchess is a patron of the charity and the opening will celebrate the its 25th anniversary. During the visit, The Duchess will tour the air ambulance crew quarters and receive a demonstration of specialist equipment currently under trial.