Charity Award – Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Posted on May 9, 2017
Yorkshire Air Ambulance relies entirely on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives across Yorkshire every day of the year. Aircrew teams of paramedics and doctors respond to 999 calls 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Since 2000 we have undertaken over 7000 emergency missions, flying on average three missions each day. To keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances in the air we need to raise £12,000 per day. This is equivalent to £4.4 million per year. As a rapid response air emergency service the Charity serves a population of approximately 5 million people across 4 million acres. Our two air ambulances can reach speeds of up to 150mph and together cover the whole of the region.
The specialist medical interventions provided can have a major impact on a patient’s survival and subsequent quality of life. Our fast emergency service is vital to a patient who has received major trauma, especially those with head and spinal injuries, as the air ambulances can avoid traffic congestion and uneven road surfaces in Yorkshire’s vast topography and road network. On average, once on board a patient will always be only 10 minutes from the nearest hospital and 15 minutes from the most relevant treatment centre. In some cases, this can save people’s lives.