Our 'Charity of the Year': Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA)

Established in 2000, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity that provides a life-saving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across Yorkshire.

Flying seven days a week, 365 days a year, the charity covers a vast landscape of 4 million acres that not only includes major cities and motorways, but also rural and isolated locations.

The swift medical interventions provided by the YAA’s crews have a major impact on a patient's chance of survival and subsequent quality of life: in general, once picked up by the YAA, a person will always be only 10 minutes from the nearest hospital and 15 minutes from the most relevant treatment centre. This is vital to patients suffering from major traumas, especially those with head and spinal injuries, as the Air Ambulance can avoid traffic congestion and uneven road surfaces.

To keep providing this crucial emergency service, the charity needs to raise £12,000 per day - which is equivalent to £4.4 million per year - to keep both of it state-of-the-art medically-equipped helicopters maintained and in the air. The YAA only receives help through secondment of paramedics from the NHS, through Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

More information about the Yorkshire Air Ambulance can be found at http://www.yorkshireairambulance.org.uk/. You can follow the charity on Twitter (@YorkshireAirAmb) and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/YorkshireAirAmbulance.

Contact details

  • Address: Cayley House, 10 South Lane, Elland, HX5 0HQ
  • Telephone: 01422 237900
  • Fax: 01422 324500
  • Email: info@yaa.org.uk

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