Air Ambulance charities across the UK are once again coming together to celebrate National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) which takes place between 9th – 15th September 2019.
NAAW is an initiative created by the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) and celebrates the work of local and national air ambulance charities, giving them a national voice and an opportunity to promote the work they do at a local level.
Over the last three decades, with public support, these life-saving services have invested funds to expand their operations, increased their operating hours to provide night HEMS missions, upgraded to larger aircrafts, increased their medical capabilities with the carriage of blood products and invested in the advanced education and training of their paramedics and doctors.
They raise over £170 million a year, operate 39 helicopters and are tasked to approximately 25,000 missions a year. Collectively, they have a volunteer network of over 5,000 people and are one of the most exciting and innovative group of organisations in the UK.
Becky Steele, AAA Interim General Manager said: “During NAAW, many of the local charities organise events and initiatives in a bid to generate funds and raise awareness. Members of the public show their support by a variety of means and businesses get involved too. I would encourage everyone to go and find out what their local air ambulance is doing for NAAW by visiting their website and local media channels; it’s the perfect time to show your support!