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Project information

Children's Air Ambulance Second Helicopter Appeal

The Children's Air Ambulance needs a second helicopter to respond to the increasing demand for the service, and work more efficiently across the country. The Children's Air Ambulance transfers critically ill babies and children from their local hospitals to specialist paediatric units.


Charity information: The Air Ambulance Service

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  • Need


    Specialist paediatric care is not available in every hospital in England: 95% of care for critically ill babies & children is delivered by expert teams. Every year, around 5,800 babies and children who require emergency care must undergo long road journeys to reach the specialist treatment they need.

    However, sometimes a child's condition is so serious they cannot be moved safely by land to receive treatment. And in some cases these children cannot be moved at all as they are simply too ill.


    The Children's Air Ambulance is able to transfer these critically ill patients quickly and efficiently by air to the specialist paediatric unit that they need to go to recieve expert care. In cases where the child is too sick to be moved, we can transfer the clinical experts directly to the child, meaning that they can be there as quickly as possible. This also saves time for the consultants, who do not have to be transferred by a land ambulance.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase the number of transfers carried out, so as to keep up with the demand for this service.


    » Operate a second helicopter, in the north of the country, and move our existing helicopter further south, to double the number of transfers possible.

    What success will look like

    The quantity of transfers will rise, and we will be able to quantify this, by comparing transfers done with one helicopter, to those carried out with two.

  • Impact


    The project aims provide a better prognosis for the children that are transferred, or are helped due to clinical teams being moved. Every trip will be monitored and the outcomes evaluated by regular analysis of the nature of the task the helicopter was required for, the condition of the child it moved, the effect of the air transport in terms of team utilisation and time saving, the outcome with respect to the child’s prognoses where appropriate and as a result of the use of the aircraft.


    Due to the nature of the service, the fundraising that we need to do before we can launch the second helicopter is substantial. This is due to the fact that we need to have funding to lease the second helicopter and to be able to cover the running costs for a significant period of time. We are minimising this risk by ensuring that we have a strong fundraising strategy in place.


    We will communicate our progress to donors of our fundraising targets, the difference that the project will make when we have raised the necessary funding, and the project's progress. Funders of the project will want to the difference that their donation is making, & we will ensure this happens.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,845,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,045,700 Helicopter Lease The annual helicopter lease of the second helicopter, including flight rates and fuel
      £500,000 Helicopter Modifications Modifications necessary to ensure the safety of the patients or clinical teams while in the aircraft
      £299,500 Miscellaneous Employee costs, premises costs, landing fees, Clinical Governance, legal fees, medical equipment

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Bank Fines issued by the Treasury £2,000,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Children's Air Ambulance is currently based at Coventry Airport in the midlands, but when we have the necessary funding required one aircraft will be based in the north of England, and one in the south, allowing more efficient geographical coverage.


    The project will benefit critically ill children that are already in hospital suffering from illnesses such as meningitis, severe burns or organ failure and in need of urgent and lifesaving care. The majority of children that we have transferred were new-born babies requiring specialist heart surgery, including one baby being transferred to London for a unique treatment specific to one hospital in the UK.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Air Ambulance Service has been operating helicopter emergency medical services for over a decade, and is able to draw upon the knowledge and expertise gathered over this time to ensure that the Children's Air Ambulance is best placed to carry out the service that it is required for.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Richard Clayton

    Our director of Operations has over 20 years experience with ambulance services, and has made a real positive difference to the work of the service.

The Children's Air Ambulance

The Children's Air Ambulance


will fund, on average, one mission.