County Air Ambulance Trust

County Air Ambulance Trust

Charity information

County Air Ambulance Trust

Since 1993 the County Air Ambulance Trust has been helping to save lives through its funding of Air Ambulance Services across Central England and beyond.

Founded 1993

  • Mission statement

    The County Air Ambulance Trust was launched in March 1993 and was founded to help ensure the financial future of the first red air ambulance helicopter based at Cosford. Since those early days the number of air ambulances in the region has increased to six with a total of over thirty now providing essential cover in England, Wales and Scotland. The Trust continues to offer financial support for the four Air Ambulances in the region in a grant making capacity to fund operational costs and infrastructure projects to the Midlands Air Ambulances and Great Western Air Ambulance. The Trust is proud to have, for example, funded the bases at RAF Cosford and Strensham and through the HELP Appeal provides much needed helipad facilities at Major Trauma Centres and key A & E hospitals. The first new helipad opened in 2009 at Oswestry. Hospital building programmes, uncertainty within the NHS and a lack of cash has resulted in delay and deferral with only a very few hospitals having helipads and a number of these require updating. Secondary transfers from helicopters to road ambulances take valuable time, time that can be saved with proper helipad facilities. When the clock starts ticking off the minutes of the Golden Hour, the difference between life and death is often a fast flying helicopter with appropriate landing facilities. The Charity does not receive any help at all from government or lottery funds.

  • Aims

    County Air Ambulance Trust aims to:

    • The HELP Appeal aims to provide funding to construct or update helipads around the country and ensure that all Major Trauma Centres and key A&E hospitals have suitable helipad access in the future.
    • Promote, develop and raise much needed funds to support the activities of the air ambulances across the entire Central England network and beyond.
  • Overview

    Established: March 1993

    Registered Charity Number: 1057063

    Board members: 10

    Full time staff: 7

    Part time staff: 5

    Phone number: 01922 618058

    Address: County Air Ambulance Trust P.O. Box 999 Walsall WS2 7YX

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