Cornwall Air Ambulance Launch £2.5m Appeal To Help Fund Next Helicopter

  It's planned the Augusta Westland 169 (AW169) helicopter will take over in April 2020. Image courtesy of Cornwall Air Ambulance.

It's planned the Augusta Westland 169 (AW169) helicopter will take over in April 2020. Image courtesy of Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Cornwall Air Ambulance have launched a £2.5m appeal to help fund a new helicopter to serve Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

The "New Heli Appeal" was announced as the charity unveiled a Augusta Westland 169 (AW169) helicopter at an event at Cornwall Airport Newquay this week. 

It's hoped the new helicopter will take over in April 2020, the date the lease runs out on its current aircraft.

The charity is now embarking on a two-year fundraising campaign, the "New Heli Appeal" to urgently raise the £2.5m needed to bring this next generation air ambulance helicopter to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

The overall cost of an AW169 Air Ambulance helicopter is £7.5m. The charity has saved £5m towards this already and is now asking the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and those who love visiting the region, to help raise the remaining £2.5m.

Will was joined on the phone by Sam Guy, a volunteer for the Cornwall Air Ambulance in Scilly who is in attendance at the launch event to tell us more.