The chief executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance has said the organisation is "delighted" that its patron, the Duchess of Cornwall, will be visiting its headquarters next Friday (21/7).

Paula Martin said: “We’re delighted that our patron... has chosen to visit during Cornwall Air Ambulance’s 30th anniversary. Her presence will make what is already a very special year for the charity even more memorable.”

She said the duchess would meet the crew, former airlifted patients, trustees, volunteers and staff during the visit, and will also be shown a display charting the history of the service by its first ever pilot, Geoff Newman, and one of the first paramedics, Paul Westaway.

She added that the duchess “has been a fantastic supporter of Cornwall Air Ambulance over the years, having visited to open the charity’s headquarters in 2011 and to cut the turf on the new fundraising and volunteering centre in 2015. We’re all very much looking forward to welcoming her once again.”