Yorkshire Air Ambulance – May’s Charity of the Month

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity providing a life saving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across the whole of Yorkshire.

The service is operational seven days a week, 365 days a year. The Charity currently attend over 1,000 incidents a year, an average of 4 incidents every single day. Last year they treated 1067 patients at scene and carried 599 of those to hospital for emergency treatment. The YAA currently operates two helicopters – one based at Nostell Air Support Unit, near Wakefield and the other at RAF Topcliffe, near Thirsk.

To keep both of Yorkshire’s Air Ambulances maintained and in the air, the YAA needs to raise £12,000 every single day, which is the equivalent of £4.4m a year. The generosity that they receive really is the life blood of the Charity.

The charity was set up in 2000 and with the addition of the second air ambulance in October 2007, the YAA now operate our own Dedicated Air Desk for rapid dispatch of their helicopters to an incident. The swift medical interventions provided by their air ambulance crews have a major impact on a patient’s chance of survival and subsequent quality of life.

In September 2016, the Charity took delivery of a new state-of-the-art Airbus H145 helicopter. This was shortly followed by a second H145 in December 2016. The latest generation aircraft has a larger cabin and will give paramedics a much more modern medical fit-out to treat and transport often critically injured patients. Replacing the current fleet will ensure the continuation of a state-of-the-art air ambulance service for the people of Yorkshire for the next 25 years.

To find out how you can donate to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, please visit www.yaa.org.uk.

  • YAA is an independent Charity which needs to raise £12,000 every single day to keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances in the air and maintained. This is equivalent to £4.4million each year.

  • The YAA provides a life saving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across 4 million acres of Yorkshire.
  • The YAA operate two Airbus H145 Helicopters, G-YAAC from Nostell Priory near Wakefield and G-YOAA from RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk.
  • The service is operational 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Patients are transferred to the nearest major trauma centre, flying at speeds of up to 160 mph.
  • The Wakefield-based helicopter flies with a consultant level doctor as well as two paramedics
  • The Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedics are seconded by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
  • The Yorkshire Air Ambulance are currently starring in the UKTV series ‘Emergency ER’ which is broadcast on ‘Really TV’.
  • The YAA currently attend over 1,000 incidents a year, an average of 4 every single day.

  • To date over 7,500 patients have been carried to relevant treatment centres, often for life-saving treatment.
  • The new helicopters are night capable enabling coverage from 6 am to midnight.
  • Each of the YAA helicopters are currently available on an average of 10 hours per day, with availability extending to 15 hours per day during the summer months
  • Our average dispatch time is around 2 to 3 minutes. This is from the 999 call coming in to our helicopter taking off for departure.