Emergency air ambulances are used to respond to medical emergencies in support of local ambulance services. In England and Wales, all of these services are charitably funded, and operated under contract with a private provider. The Freemasons’ Grand Charity donated over £190,000for various air ambulances in 2013. Sponsorship helps pay for staff, training, fuel and equipment. Over £1.5million has been donated since 2007. Skilled paramedics, doctors and pilots work together to provide advanced clinical care to patients before flying them to the most suitable hospital – giving them the very best chances of survival and recovery. Each of our services works tirelessly to save lives and alleviate sickness, wherever and whenever possible.
The Children’s Air Ambulance is our national service, flying critically ill children from one hospital to another for specialist care. with bespoke, specialist equipment on board the helicopter providing a flying intensive care unit for children. When a child is too sick to fly, we fly a specialist team to them. With flight times commonly over four times quicker than transfer by road, in many cases, time saved is a life saved.