Since 1999 North West Air Ambulance Charity have helped 20,000 people in their time of need. And today with those numbers in mind, it’s hard to think about the time before the charity was founded and a future without them.
This is why the charity was selected to receive a donation each year from the Glasdon Charitable Giving Committee.
In July 2016 alone, North West Air Ambulance completed 197 missions which included 90 road traffic collisions, 30 sport and leisure related, 20 falls and 18 hospital transfers.
And the critical factor in all of these situations is time.
As Lizzie Morley, Paramedic explains on the charity’s website:
“With every mission, I see the difference that our service makes to a patient when time is of the essence. In a split second, unexpected things can happen that can change someone’s life forever.
“It’s in these moments that the North West Air Ambulance Charity will be at the right place, at the right time, making a life-changing difference.”
North West Air Ambulance teams take advanced healthcare to the scene.
In 2002 and thanks to the generosity of the charity’s supporters, the one heli service at the time was extended from 5 to 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
By 2008 the charity had raised enough funds to purchase a second heli and in 2012, Doctors were introduced on to one aircraft to administer specialist care on the scene.
The charity, which covers the whole of the North West of England including Lancashire, Cumbria and Cheshire, now has three helicopters based at Blackpool Airport and Barton in Greater Manchester with a team of pilots, paramedics and a doctor.
Learn more about the work of North West Air Ambulance Charity and read about the real life impact the service has had on the lives of local people on their website www.nwaa.net