Great North Air Ambulance Service

HQ Location: 
Northumberland

Location of benefit: 
UK only (local)

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) is a charity operating a fleet of helicopters across an area of 8,000 square miles, from the Scottish Borders to North Yorkshire, from East Coast to West. Our helicopters can be anywhere in the region in fifteen minutes. On board are specialist trauma doctors and paramedics, bringing Accident and Emergency expertise to the scene, giving the patient the best possible chance of recovery. We are continually examining our methods to ensure that the patients can continue to expect this level of service.

To give you some indication of our need for your help, it costs £2,500 per mission to fly, regardless of whether or not the patient is airlifted. This figure takes into account the cost of the aircraft, its storage and fuel, paying the pilots and the paramedics, the medicine, and other equipment. Our crews respond to hundreds of call-outs a month and to satisfy this demand it takes about £4m a year in fundraising. To further emphasise the necessity of your support, the service does not receive any Government or National Lottery funding and therefore relies on the support of the public to continue its work.