Our Volunteers are the beating heart of our charity and simply put, without our volunteers we would not be able to do what we do. Our volunteers enable us to have a presence in our local communities and help us spread awareness for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance right across the county.

In 2019 our Volunteers helped us by:

Attending more than 900 stalls

Attending more than 300 talks

Attending more than 125 Bucket Collections

Emptying over 3700 collecting tins

That’s an estimated total of 10,000 volunteer hours!


Read the stories of just a few of our many amazing volunteers:

Image of YAA Volunteer Liz Storey receiving an award

YAA Volunteer: Liz Storey

‘I started volunteering with the YAA 9 years ago as I found myself with spare time and wanted to fill that with that helping to raise money for a good cause and helping to save lives.

The best thing about volunteering is meeting people young and old and those most memorable times are when people come up to you at events and say how grateful they are to be alive thanks to the YAA Paramedics and Doctors who helped to save them.

I have been married to my husband Mick for 50 years and have two daughters. Mick is a great support to my volunteering.’

Image of YAA Volunteer Liz Storey receiving an award

YAA Volunteer: Katherine Sayers

‘I have been volunteering for the YAA since 2003. I had been travelling on the bus, to work, along the A59 dual carriageway just outside Skipton and had seen the Yorkshire Air Ambulance helicopter land in the road. It was an instant decision, at that moment, that I wanted to help the charity and to keep that helicopter flying. We only had one helicopter at that time and it has been fantastic to be able to help the charity grow and see the addition of our second helicopter.

I attend events, man stalls and do bag packs and bucket collections. I have also helped out when our helicopters have landed at events.’

Image of YAA Volunteer Helen Goodman

YAA Volunteer: Helen Goodman

‘I have been supporting the YAA for the last two years as they had been my work’s chosen charity and I wanted to carry on supporting them so I decided I would volunteer in my spare time outside of work.

I became a volunteer at the end of March, just as the country went in to lockdown which means I haven’t been to any volunteer events yet, but I am really looking forward to getting involved and helping as well as meeting new people and raising valuable funds.’

Image of YAA Volunteer Helen Goodman

Image of YAA Volunteers Andrew Stockdale and Rosemary Wood

YAA Volunteers: Andy Stockdale and Rosemary Wood

‘We both retired at the end of 2015 having had very busy careers. We began volunteering for the YAA in January 2016.

We attend lots of events, often ‘with’ Polly and Percy , the YAA mascots and Herby the Helicopter who I made.

As well as the YAA merchandise that you can find in the online shop, we also sell my craft work on our stalls. These are mainly knitted items and two years ago I was awarded knitter of the year by a top knitting magazine for one of the YAA mascots that I had knitted.’

Could you donate 20 hours of your time? Would you like to support the YAA?

Here are 20 ways in which you could help….but there are many more! If you have an idea let us know about it. Contact your local fundraiser – you can find their details here.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance volunteering infographic