Recently a grant of £4,000 was donated By Ian Kingsbury. The Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire, who on the day was accompanied by Dr. Reuben Ayres their Provincial Grand Charity Steward to the Devon Air Ambulance on behalf of all Devonshire Freemasons.
This has brought the total Masonic support given to air ambulances across the country to £2.3 million since 2007.
The total contribution to Devonshire Air Ambulance since 2007 by Freemasons is £55,000 and when adding the donations made by individual Devon Lodges the total is over £116,000.
The Air Ambulance operates right across Devonshire and in 2017 assisted 990 patients, more than any other year. 50% of these incidents were medical emergencies (eg heart attacks) with 49% being trauma related (for example road traffic collisions, and accidental injuries). 12% of all jobs attended were to children.
The grant, which comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, is funded by Freemasons and their families from across England and Wales.
During 2018, Freemasons from around the country will be presenting 20 regional air ambulances with grants totalling £192,000.
Caroline Creer, Fundraising and Communications Director for Devon Air Ambulance said
“We would like to thank the Devonshire Freemasons for their continued support and generosity. Support like theirs really does mean a lot and helps to keep Devon’s two Air Ambulances flying.”
Ian Kingsbury JP. Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire said,
“We are proud to be able to support the Devon Air Ambulance. Thanks to their team’s tireless efforts, many lives of local people are saved every year.”
Devon Air Ambulance relies entirely on charitable grants and donations from the community, businesses and friends of Devon. To make a donation, visit www.daat.org