The Charity’s helicopters fly 365 days a year, with the doctors and paramedics on board providing rapid treatment and hospital transfers to patients across the entire North West region each year. Since it launched in 1999, the charity has flown more than 17,000 missions across the region.
As well as the helicopters, the charity operates rapid response ambulance cars which allow the paramedics and consultants to extend their hours of operation significantly as they are not constrained by light and weather conditions. These are especially in demand in the city where there is restricted access to easy landing places.
Victoria Jones, Regional Fundraiser for Manchester and Stockport said:
“Not many people know that the North West Air Ambulance receives no funding from the government or NHS, so relies entirely on funds raised by our generous supporters and assistance from our volunteers. Our helicopters and ground crew take advanced healthcare to scene; reaching, treating and transferring patients to definitive care as quickly as possible, thus improving chances of survival and reducing the risk of long-term injury. We’re not just a taxi service – we have specialist doctors on board who can treat patients at the scene, giving the gift of time.
“There are a huge number of ways you might be able to help, from choosing us as your Charity of the Year, supporting us with volunteering hours, hosting an event, holding a coffee morning, or by simply having a collection tin in the office.
“If you need any inspiration, have any questions or would like to arrange a time for me to visit you for a chat about fundraising for us please get in touch.“