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Plymouth Councillors are proud to support local lifesaving charity BASICS Devon in their mission to help save lives and support their local emergency services.

Ten of the local Councillors have used some of their Community Grant funds to raise £1300 towards supporting specialist volunteer doctors respond across Plymouth and its surrounding areas.

BASICS Devon volunteer doctors are extremely pleased to be supported by Plymouth City Council and want to thank all the Councillors involved, especially at such an uncertain time.

Councillor Kate Taylor Devonport Ward commented ‘It’s a pleasure to support the volunteer immediate care doctors closest to Plymouth. They offer an important service in backing up our emergency services, reducing response times and reaching remote vulnerable communities faster. This is particularly important now given the challenges we have seen with COVID-19 as they support our incredible ambulance service. They do so as volunteers and it’s important to recognise their contribution to supporting those in need.

Councillor Rebecca Smith, Plymstock Radford Ward tells you why she chose to support the cause, ‘One of the many highlights of being a City Councillor is being able to distribute a pot of Community Grant money each year to my Ward and to the wider city. It was a pleasure to use a small portion of this year’s grant to support BASICS Devon and their volunteer doctors serving the community across Plymouth. Thank you for all you do.’

Councillor Tony Carson, Peverell Ward also donated a share of his funds ‘I am thankful for the opportunity to add a donation from the CG, to this wonderful group of individuals who are ready to respond at a moment’s notice to what is inevitably a major incident. Having learnt of the results BASICS Devon have had in saving lives it was compelling to help them out with a donation.’

Councillor Pam Buchan, Honicknowle Ward said ‘Many voluntary organisations have taken a hit under COVID, losing funding and unable to fundraise. BASICS Devon offer an important medical service in Plymouth and Devon and I’m happy to have been able to support them at this time to ensure that service keeps on running.”

The funds will go towards annual support costs for the volunteers such as equipment replacement, education and training and mileage costs.

BASICS Devon specialist doctors have responded to 50 emergency callouts in the last 2 months and were 1st on the scene at 49 of them. They are working hard responding on the frontline, assisting the emergency services with call outs as they increase as lockdown restrictions have lessened.

If you would like to make a donation to BASICS Devon or to find out more about BASICS Devon response to Covid-19, please visit

Notes to Editor

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About BASICS Devon

· BASICS Devon is a network of 14 emergency volunteer doctors providing immediate access to specialist medical care at the scene of an accident or illness. Making themselves available around the clock throughout the year, responding to incidents at the request of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. The charity relies solely on donations.

· BASICS Devon doctors aim to provide a fast response to incidents in rural areas, and use their extensive skills to support patient care.

· For further information, to donate or get involved please visit:

Contact Amie Bull, Fundraising Manager T: 01752 936299

For further information please visit:

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