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New appeal to help charity saving countless lives

New appeal to help charity saving countless lives

Published by Emma Carton at 12:34pm 27th September 2019. (Updated at 2:13pm 27th September 2019)

Pirate FM has launched a campaign to help the charity that saves countless lives in Cornwall.

Lives like the premature baby born with double pneumonia in the Duchy.

Just weeks after coming home, little Ollie was back at the doctors in Padstow and airlifted to hospital.

His family say Ollie, who is now 18-years-old, is alive today because of Cornwall Air Ambulance.

"He got to Treliske within 11 minutes and that definitely saved his life".

Cornwall Air Ambulance
Pirate FM has launched 'Bring A Pound To Work Day' to support the Cornwall Air Ambulance Heli Appeal.

Ollie's dad, Tim Brocklebank, is urging everyone to support the charity through Pirate FM's 'Bring A Pound To Work Day'.

He tells Pirate FM his newborn son had not long been out of intensive care when he was struggling to breathe.

"Ollie was born on the 29th July 2001 and had double pneumonia and went straight into intensive care.

"He came out and was better but a few weeks later, he was struggling to breathe.

"He got to Treliske within 11 minutes and that definitely saved his life.

"Now he's a strapping young man of 18-years-old. 

"We've been fortunate enough to have 18 years of fun and laughter rather than 18 years of tears, so we thank the air ambulance a lot".

Tim Brocklebank

Ollie is not alone - Rob Harris' daughter, Sophie, suffered a brain injury after being caught in a crash as a young driver.

You can hear Rob's story here.

A Cornish Coastguard tells Pirate FM his daughter is only alive today thanks to Cornwall Air Ambulance

What is the campaign?

Pirate FM is humbly asking you to bring a pound to work on Friday 11th of October, to help the air ambulance Heli Appeal.

That is aiming to raise £2.5 million for a bigger and faster helicopter by April 2020 and £1 will make all the difference.

Whatever you fancy, whether you take a single donation to work or rally your colleagues to sign up, the charity says every little will help.

You can read more about find out how to get involved here - or watch the emotional stories from the people whose lives have been saved...

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