Cornish Lions Fund Lifesaving Air Ambulance Kit

Cornwall Air Ambulance has been presented with a new piece of lifesaving equipment, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Cornish Lions Clubs.

The £22,000 ZOLL Patient Monitor can monitor an enhanced range of vital signs, and also gives greater accuracy than previous monitoring equipment. The monitor can be used on every patient assisted by the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

The ZOLL is also a defibrillator, which can be used to treat patients suffering cardiac emergencies, which account for around a quarter of missions flown by the emergency service charity.

The new kit was handed over to aircrew paramedics and chairman of Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, Lady Mary Holborow, at the charity’s Newquay airbase.

Representatives from Lions Clubs from Newquay, Towan Blystra, Camborne/Redruth, Hayle, Fowey River, Padstow, Truro, Bodmin, Launceston, Roche, Callington, St Austell and Liskeard were present at the event.

Paramedic Mick McLachlan, who was present at the event, said: “Unusually, the ZOLL is not specific to certain conditions; it’s a piece of kit we will use on nearly every patient we treat – for medical and trauma emergencies, and for adults and children. It really will help enhance the lifesaving care we can provide.
Cornwall Air Ambulance is entirely funded by the support of the people of Cornwall. Fundraising like this from the local community is not only what keeps us flying, but also allows us to keep advancing the care we can provide.”

District governor elect Lesley Clarke successfully secured a grant from the Lions Club International Foundation, which was then match-funded by the fundraising activities of Cornish Lions Clubs and the support of their local communities.

She said: “We are extremely happy to be able to purchase the ZOLL monitor for use in the Cornwall Air Ambulance through the match-funded money made possible through the Lions Club International Foundation grant. These grants involve identifying what is needed most for a community and making it a life-changing reality, with the money originating from Lions donating worldwide. I know this equipment will be really well used by the paramedics and will make a huge difference to the patients they treat, which shows the Lions live up to their motto: ‘We Serve’ worldwide.”