Total UK Limited has expanded its support for regional air ambulance services during the Covid-19 pandemic by supplying free jet fuel to the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust (CAAT).

This follows recent jet fuel donations to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) and the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT).

Jet fuel will be supplied to support the CAAT’s two helicopters which cover Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and provide a critical emergency service that is run entirely on charitable donations.

Cornwall Airport Newquay has been supplied with jet fuel by Total since 2017. The donation will be delivered to the Cornwall Airport Newquay fuel farm, which will then refuel the CAAT fleet. 

Total UK will initially cover the air ambulance service’s jet fuel requirements for one month, but this will be reviewed during the pandemic and extended as required. 

Ben Marchant, general aviation manager at Total UK, said: “The Total UK team is pleased to support the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The CAAT is the UK’s longest running air ambulance service, which relies entirely on charitable donations, and we are proud to support such a vital service, in conjunction with our long-standing partner Cornwall Airport Newquay, at this difficult time.”

Steve Murdoch, chief operating officer at Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, added: “In this challenging time, we are delighted and grateful that Total UK has reached out and shown its support for the lifesaving work of Cornwall Air Ambulance.

“The generous donation of aviation fuel will fund around 40 missions, that’s potentially 40 lives saved, and 40 families kept together.”