Cornwall

Turf cut at new Cornwall Air Ambulance base

Cornwall's air ambulance: Pic: CAAT
Image caption Cornwall's air ambulance service service has carried out more than 22,000 missions since 1987

Work has begun on a new home for Cornwall's air ambulance, with a turf-cutting ceremony at the site near Newquay Airport on Monday morning.

The charity is planning to move from Roche, near St Austell, to the new base on the south side of the airport's main runway by Christmas.

The charity recently announced £1m of funding towards its new headquarters and hangar.

The money is to be matched from the charity's reserves and own fundraising.

Cornwall's air ambulance helicopter can reach any part of the county within 20 minutes and the Isles of Scilly in 28 minutes.

The service has carried out more than 22,000 missions since its launch in 1987.

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