They are the vital airborne lifesavers whose work has helped save hundreds of lives.
Now Yorkshire’s life-saving Air Ambulance Service has been given a fundraising boost thanks to the generous efforts of staff at builders Keepmoat.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity and gets no government cash to carry out their emergency work, relying solely on donations.
In a bid to support the fundraising effort, Keepmoat ran a monthly lottery – the 100 Club – through which staff contributed £5 a month directly from their salary, with one member winning a monthly £150 prize draw and the remaining money donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. In the company’s latest donation, staff from Keepmoat handed over a cheque for £3,278.50 to air ambulance staff.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance operates two helicopters – one from Leeds Bradford International Airport and a second from RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk, serving a population of approximately five million people across the region.
The swift interventions provided by the air ambulance crews have a major impact on a patient’s chance of survival and quality of life, with patients on average only 10 minutes from the nearest hospital when travelling in an air ambulance.
Mark Perry of the charity said: ”I would like to thank Keepmoat for their fantastic donation, without the generous efforts of the people of Yorkshire and companies such as Keepmoat we would not be able to provide the first class emergency service that we do.”
Neil Robertson, a manager at Keepmoat, said: “Their work really does make the difference between life and death for some people.”