31st May 2020 – Busy weekend for BASICS Cornwall

Our volunteer doctors have been called to 7 incidents across Cornwall in the last 48hours, on a busy weekend for Cornwall’s emergency services. Our doctors attend incidents in their own time and we rely on charitable donations to fund their equipment. They bring specialist skills, such as providing general anaesthetic or surgical procedures, to the scene of serious incidents. Having these skills on scene mean that the patient can get the critical care they need before being taken to the most appropriate specialist hospital.

Our thoughts are with all those involved in these incidents and we wish them a speedy recovery.

October 2019

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £4,835.76 from the BASICS HELP appeal fund. The funding will be used to equip two of our volunteer doctors cars with blue lights. One will be a new responder for the charity and the second is one of our current responder who needs an upgrade on his current equipment. This will mean that they will be able to start and continue responding to incidents across Cornwall. Equipping our doctors cars with blue lights means that they can respond safely and efficiently wherever and whenever the incident occurs.

The HELP Appeal was created 10 years ago by the County Air Ambulance Trust and the grant we have received is part of £250,000 donated to BASICS schemes across the country.

Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal said: “BASICS volunteers are lifesavers – it’s as simple as that. Not only do they have demanding and extremely challenging jobs helping patients every day, but they also give up their free time to help save lives by supporting the UK ambulance service, 365 days of the year. Whether patients are seriously injured in a traffic accident or a terrorist attack, this new funding will help these amazing volunteers arrive at the scene as quickly and as safely as possible to help save lives.”

The Chairman of BASICS Tony Kemp said:“this is a very exciting and tremendously generous donation from the HELP Appeal. This will support our schemes to grow and allow them to equip their members to the highest level to respond safely so as to save lives and support an exceptional quality of patient care within the pre-hospital environment”.

June 2019

Doctors Ben Warrick and Ryan Jackson have been reunited with a patient who’s life they helped to save in 2016.

Kay Kitto was struck outside her Falmouth home in September 2016 by a lorry. She sustained life-changing injuries. Kay has made a remarkable recovery and it was fantastic for Ryan and Ben to catch up with her. Full details of the press release can be found here https://www.swast.nhs.uk/welcome/latest-news/lorry-crash-mum-reunited-with-lifesavers

Left to right: SWASFT Paramedic Justin Thomas; Dr Ben Warrick; Kay and Nigel Kitto; Dr Ryan Jackson; and SWASFT Emergency Care Assistant Mark Griffiths

May 2019

11 intrepid South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust have raised a fantastic £350 for BASICS Cornwall. They undertook a charity cycle ride from Launceston Ambulance station to Land’s End. It took them 9 and 3/4 hours to cover 101 miles. They enjoyed sunshine after a foggy four hours at the start.

The money they have raised will be used by BASICS Cornwall to equip new volunteer doctors.

The 11 cyclists at the start of their charity ride at Launceston ambulance station
And they made it. Pictured at the end of their ride at Land’s End.

March 2019

Three members of the Bawden family have completed the Bath Half Marathon in aid of BASICS Cornwall. Dan Bawden is a doctor working in Emergency Medicine and a committee member of BASICS Cornwall. Along with his Dad and brother they raised over £500 for us. They chose the Bath Half Marathon as it was on the day of Mike’s 60th birthday.

if you are planning a challenge or fancy undertaking one BASICS Cornwall is actively looking for fundraisers to help us equip new volunteer doctors.

Left to right: Ashley Bawden, Mike Bawden and Dan Bawden