Yorkshire Air Ambulance is a charity

It is a common misconception that Yorkshire Air Ambulance has government funding and falls under the NHS. This is untrue. Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity that relies heavily on the generosity of the public and organisations to keep the service active.

Where does our funding come from?

It is the continued support and generosity of corporate fundraisers, community groups, event fundraisers, grants, trusts, organisations, and regular donors which helps keep both of our air ambulance helicopters flying over Yorkshire.

By supporting Yorkshire Air Ambulance, you are helping us to save more lives across the county.

Our partnership with Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s longest-standing partner is the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS). They have supported our operations since our inception on 25th October 2000.

YAS supports Yorkshire Air Ambulance in a number of ways, through medical guidance and advice, medical supplies, training, and the secondment of our Paramedics and Critical Care Team Doctors. For further information about how to become a YAA Paramedic or Doctor, please visit our ‘Becoming a YAA Paramedic or Doctor‘ page.

Our Fundraising Ethics

Our main fundraising focus has always been to educate the people of Yorkshire about the service we provide, and the fundraising practices we employ. We always aim to be transparent about this, as we are purely the custodians of the monies raised by our generous supporters.

We have strong fundraising ethics on which we pride ourselves, and this philosophy is deeply ingrained in how we interact with our donors. Our employees and volunteers help us to ensure that no one feels obligated or pressured into donating to the Charity.

We would never sell or profit from donor details. We are very clear about this in our marketing and communications. You can read our Privacy Policy here.

We aim to inform our supporters how their money has been spent. We do this via working out in the community, face-to-face talks & presentations, here on our website, through social media and other marketing communication channels.

For every £1 donated during the last financial year, 78p was spent to meet our charitable purpose – which is saving lives across Yorkshire.

The Children’s Air Ambulance

There is often some confusion from our supporters about the Children’s Air Ambulance. The ChAA are a completely separate charitable organisation from us, and they fundraise independently. The ChAA are a neonatal and infant transfer service, whereas YAA are a HEMS provider (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) and we respond to both adult and children emergency 999 calls.

The Children’s Air Ambulance are based in Coventry.

The HELP Appeal

The HELP Appeal is operated by County Air Ambulance Trust who are a separate organisation from YAA. They are raising funds to help build and update helipads across the UK. Some helipads in the Yorkshire region have benefited from the HELP Appeal funding.

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