A cricket tea, hosted by Seaton Cricket Club, officially opened the new Devon Air Ambulance Night Landing Site on their Court Lane ground on Saturday 1st December.
Representatives of the Town Council and Devon Air Ambulance Trust attended the launch, along with members of the Club and local people who donated their time and energy to fundraising for the project.
The Seaton site joins a number of Community Landing Sites across the county which are funded by the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) and through fundraising by the local community as well as Seaton Town Council with the initial pledge of £1,000. The sites allow year-round, after dark missions to be flown to increase the life-saving capacity of DAAT.
Former Seaton Cricket Club Chairman Chris Gamwell was instrumental in bringing the landing site to the club. He said: “Seaton Cricket Club has seen the Air Ambulance land on the outfield many times over the years during daylight hours, so it seemed a logical next step to enable night landings to take place here too.”
Former Seaton Town Councillor and member of Seaton Cricket Club Martin Pigott thanked those who had raised the funds to enable the installation of the floodlighting to allow night landings to take place. “We’d like to thank Guy Sweetman from East Devon Sports therapy and the Seaton Free Masons for their significant donations. Thanks also go to the team of runners, headed up by Amy Catley, who braved the Grizzly Run in last year’s snow to raise much needed funds.”
Other donations have been made by Seaton Probus Club, the Seaton Development Trust and the Axe Valley Runners.
The new floodlights will enable the Air Ambulance to fly after nightfall until 2am with the hope in the future to offer a 24-hour service.