Here at D.M.Keith we are extremely proud of our partnership with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance so we couldn’t pass up on an opportunity to see one of the ambulance's in action.
As you know family is at the heart of our business, and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance literally saves the lives of many individuals and families on a daily basis….and last Saturday was no exception….
Dougal & Angus Keith attended the Eldwick Beer & Bangers festival, which was supported by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. As a special treat for the festival goers the helicopter was due to land mid afternoon – however the helicopter was delayed diverting off to an accident. This was a timely reminder to the entire crowd how important the YAA is and what a fantastic job the crew all do.
Back on track an hour or so later than planned the crowd witnessed the very impressive (& loud) Air Ambulance land in the park in very typical British summer weather.
The weather held off long enough so we could get some pictures with one of the Air Ambulance's and the amazing crew on board:
The team on board were paramedics Sammy Wills and Matt Syrat, pilot Andy Hall and the Consultant Doctor was Dr Steve Rowe.
Doctors now fly with the YAA daily from the base at Nostell as of April this year.
D.M.Keith provide Paul Gowland,Director of Fundraising and Kerry Garner, West Yorkshire Regional fundraiser (also pictured above) with two ŠKODA company vehicles to support their quest in raising money to keep the two helicopters flying. Something we are proud to support and hope to continue.
In order to operate this life saving service the charity, who are independent by the way…need to raise £12,000 per day to keep both of Yorkshire’s Air Ambulances maintained and in the air.
Here are some facts about the charity – which you might not know:
- YAA is an independent Charity needing to raise £12,000 per day to keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances in the air and maintained. This is equivalent to £4.4 million each year.
- The YAA provides a life saving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across Yorkshire’s 4 million acres.
- The YAA operates 2 helicopters, G-SASH and G-CEMS. They operate from Nostell Priory, near Wakefield and RAF Topcliffe, near Thirsk.
- The service is operational 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- Patients are transferred to the nearest major trauma centre, flying at speeds of up to 160 mph.
- YAA paramedics and dispatchers are kindly provided by Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
- The YAA currently fly over 1,000 missions a year, an average of 3 incidents every single day.
- The work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance can be seen on the BBC series, ‘Helicopter Heroes’, which is being repeated on some of the digital channels.
- If every adult in Yorkshire donated just £1 per annum, this would cover the yearly cost of keeping the air ambulances maintained and in the air.
We think the crew and the fundraising teams do a sterling job and long may it continue. Don’t forget to let us know if you spot our cars driving out and about in the fundraising quest.
To find out how you can donate to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, please visit: www.yaa.org.uk
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