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Air Ambulance appeal asks for help to top £1m

Cornwall Air Ambulance is asking supporters to help top the £1 million mark in its fundraising campaign for a new helicopter.

The appeal has raised £993,142 since it launched in April 2018, with supporters holding events, activities and challenges to raise money for the AW169 helicopter.

The charity is now asking for help to reach the £1 million milestone before the end of the month.

The New Heli campaign aims to raise £2.5m to bring a next generation helicopter to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by April 1, 2020.

Appeal Manager Amy Richards said: “We are so close to £1 million, it would be wonderful to achieve this before the end of February. We need everybody to get behind the appeal and help us reach this major milestone.

“We’ve had a fantastic response to our appeal and have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Cornwall and further afield. So many community groups, schools, businesses and individuals have come on board and have been tirelessly fundraising for the charity, which is just amazing to see. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all our supporters.

“We’ve got lots of exciting partnerships this year and the New Heli Appeal really is gathering momentum as we reach the final year of fundraising - but we still have a long way to go.

“Everyone wants Cornwall to have this next generation helicopter, so we need to keep working hard in the coming year to make that a reality. Every donation really makes a difference and will help our specialist paramedics to save even more lives in the future.”

The Air Ambulance flew 58 missions to the Isles of Scilly in 2018, up from 41 the previous year.

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