Fundraising helps air ambulance crews see in the dark

Caravan and motorhome insurance specialists Caravan Guard and Leisuredays raised £6,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance last year which has been used to buy three specialist helmets designed to fit the charity’s new night vision goggles.

The YAA recently bought two, state-of-the-art Airbus H145 helicopters which have night flying capability. The rapid response emergency service aims to introduce longer flying times, initially from its air support base at Nostell, near Wakefield, this Summer.

Halifax-based Caravan Guard and Leisure Days donate £2 to YAA for every new Gadget and Leisure and Home Emergency policy they sell. A team of 10 staff also ran Leeds 10k last year to further boost their fundraising

Director Laura Wilby said: “We’re thrilled to play our part in helping the charity with its life-saving service across Yorkshire. We know the helmets will make a real difference to their medical team, local people and visitors to Yorkshire.”

Yorkshire Air Ambulance needs to raise £12,000 every day to keep its helicopters flying. The charity serves five million people across Yorkshire, attending on average, more than 1,300 incidents a year.

Kerry Garner, YAA regional fundraising manager, said: “Caravan Guard and Leisuredays have been great supporters for a number of years now and we are very grateful.

“The helmets are an extremely vital piece of kit that our Paramedics and Pilots wear on every mission and this generous donation has helped provide these new versions.”

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Caption: Yorkshire Air Ambulance Paramedic Paul Holmes with one of the new specialist helmets bought by donations from Caravan Guard and Leisure Days.