Celebrities and sports personalities join forces in support of National Air Ambulance Week 2013
The Association of Air Ambulances has produced a short video montage of 17 Celebrities and sports personalities who have pledged support for their local Air Ambulance charity. You can view this on AAA’s website. It has been produced to help promote its charity funded members up to and during National Air Ambulance Week (23-29 September).
Jane Gurney, Communications Subcommittee Chairman commented:
“The Association members’ network of celebrities has taken the time to send messages of support for their local Air Ambulances, which we thank them for. This is a real honour and truly helps celebrate the work of the charities and ambulance services. This fantastic short film has been produced to highlight the work of the Air Ambulance network across the UK. We would like as many supporters to “tweet”, “like” and “share” the footage to highlight the fact 70 patients on average per day in the UK are cared for by the charity funded Air Ambulances.”
To view the montage visit www.aoaa.org.uk/naaw/
Photo caption: “Ray Winstone supporting Air Ambulances for National Air Ambulance Week”
Currently 35 rotary Air Ambulances across the UK.
Average of 70 incidents a day are attended by an Air Ambulance.
An Air Ambulance will take a patient direct to where the specialist urgent care can be provided and to the nearest Major Trauma Centres.
On average, an emergency Air Ambulance takes off every 10 minutes in the UK, flying 365 days a year. Put another way, during every hour of everyday 7 air ambulances are attending incidents of various types including medical trauma.
There are 20 Air Ambulance Charities and 10 Ambulance Services serving the UK.
Depending on local arrangements, the UK’s 20 air ambulance services employ different models of funding. Some receive limited, indirect support from central Government, others receive none at all and there is no form of National Lottery funding available. However, each one is dependent on charitable donations to provide the lifesaving service.