Great Western Air Ambulance
Its Yours. It’s a Charity. Keep it Flying.
Every day, people in the Great Western area face sudden, drastic medical emergencies, and many of these people need help as soon as possible. Simply put, without the right care at the right time, people lose their lives from critical injuries and illnesses.
Many of these people don’t need to be taken to hospital as quickly as possible either, but rather need to receive hospital care rapidly, at the scene of the incident. They cannot be effectively treated by usual road ambulances, as they do not carry the equipment or people with the skills necessary to deal with such extreme emergencies. In other words, it’s often far more effective to bring the emergency department to them, rather than bring them to the emergency department. Doing this improves their likelihood of survival, and reduces the severity of the injury.
The Great Western Air Ambulance respond to patients that need them throughout Bristol, BANES, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire and parts of Wiltshire. The charity supports the Ambulance Service and use the details they receive in their 999 calls to decide which patients need air ambulance assistance most.
Great Western Air Ambulance carry a Critical Care Specialist Paramedic and Critical Care Doctor in specialist transport, alongside equipment and drugs not found on an ordinary road ambulance. This means the charity are effectively a mobile emergency medical department. Great Western Air Ambulance were the first air ambulance in the South West to fly with doctors on board, and despite being one of the youngest air ambulance charities in the country, they are one of the busiest.
Don't just take our word for it
The scheme BIU provides a valuable source of income for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. We provide a critical care and air ambulance service across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and surrounding areas. This service supports around 2.1 million people, and costs over £3 million a year to operate. As we receive no day to day funding from the Government, we rely on donations and money from schemes such as this to keep our helicopter and crew in operation. We have found BIU Group helpful and supportive throughout.
Emma Carter, Head of Fundraising and Marketing, Great Western Air Ambulance