THE FAMILY of the late chairman of Cornwall Air Ambulance has donated a wooden bench as a lasting memorial to his work and passion.
Harold Chapman volunteered over 15 years to the charity as both honorary treasurer and later chairman of the board of trustees.
In December 2012, shortly after retiring from the board to realise a lifelong ambition of emigrating to Australia, Harold and his wife Pamela were involved in a tragic road traffic collision near their new home.
Mrs Chapman was very seriously injured and continues to make a slow recovery, but Mr Chapman did not survive.
His family, including wife Pamela, son Mark and daughter Mandy with Harold’s grandchildren, recently visited the charity’s headquarters near Newquay to pay tribute to their husband and father.
Mrs Chapman said: “Harold loved being involved with the charity and over many years he saw it grow into the great organisation it is today; one that he and the Cornish people are proud of.
“Harold thought long and hard before moving to Australia and hoped the warm air would be beneficial to him. This unfortunately was not to be, but he leaves behind something that will continue to save lives for years to come.”
The bench will be placed outside the charity’s headquarters with a far-reaching view across to the coast at Watergate Bay to be enjoyed by staff members, volunteers and visitors.
Paula Martin, chief executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance, said: “The placement of this bench is especially poignant. This whole headquarters is a lasting legacy to our former chairman, as it was his dream that the air ambulance should have a home that would safeguard our life saving operations for years to come.
“This bench will be well used by the community who come to visit us in the future, and is a lovely way for all of us to remember Harold.”