- Report by Grace Pascoe
A new helicopter has entered active service for Cornwall Air Ambulance after the charity surpassed its £2.5 million fundraising target.
The state-of-the-art machine will be used to support patients in need of critical care from the air.
Cornwall Air Ambulance says it will be able to carry more medical equipment than its predecessor and reach patients faster than before.
It can also fly straight from one emergency mission to another, without the need to refuel, which has not been possible previously.
The helicopter has already clocked up several missions and joins the majority of the West Country's other air ambulance charities in active service at this unique time.
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, as well as the Wiltshire and Great Western Air Ambulance services continue to reach emergencies but with extra safety measures in place.
Devon Air Ambulance, however, has temporarily grounded its fleet of helicopters during the Coronavirus pandemic.