”We are delighted to receive a £500 grant from the Sheffield Mutual Community Fund towards buying essential medical equipment on board the air ambulances. Each year we appeal to people and organisations in the communities that we serve to help fund our vital service which we provide free of charge to anyone who needs it. The support of local organisations in Sheffield and South Yorkshire is greatly appreciated.” said a Charity spokesperson.
People are often surprised to learn that the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives across Yorkshire. To keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances in the air they need to raise £12,000 per day. This is equivalent to £4.4 million each year. According to the Charity, if each of Yorkshire’s adults donated just £1 per year, it would cover their annual running costs.
The Charity continues to see increased demand for its services. Last year they undertook more than 1,400 missions, treated 1,183 patients at the scene—that’s three each day– and airlifted over 580 people to hospital. This represents a 10% increase over the previous year, as more incidents are requiring a senior Critical Care Team at the scene to give life-saving emergency care.
In South Yorkshire alone the Charity responded to over two hundred 999 calls, and treated 172 patients. On average, once a patient has been received by the air ambulance, they will 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.
As a rapid response air emergency medical service the Charity serves a population of approximately 5 million people across 4 million acres. The two air ambulances operate from The Nostell Priory Estate near Wakefield and RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk, and together cover the whole of Yorkshire’s vast topography.
Since the Yorkshire Air Ambulance started in 2,000, over 7,300 people have been rescued by its aircrews.