I was at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro yesterday (nothing serious) when out of the sky came the Cornwall Air Ambulance helicopter.
The air ambulance service is something special. It has been operating since 1987 and has carried out something like 20,000 missions - thus saving many lives. The helicopter can reach anywhere on Cornwall's mainland in about 12 minutes - which is often essential, especially in the summer months when many of Cornwall's main roads can get clogged with traffic.
The Cornwall Air Ambulance is not government funded but is, in effect, a charity so has to raise funds from sponsors and the general public. At the moment they are trying to raise £2.5 million to
bring the next generation air ambulance to Cornwall.