The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, which provides a critical care service to the Bath area, has thanked the local community after their support won them a £1,000 Movement for Good award.
Members of the public were invited to vote for their local air ambulance in specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1 million to charities this summer.
GWAAC, which provides the critical care and air ambulance service to Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire and surrounding areas, received a huge show of support from their local community.
Anna Perry, Chief Executive at GWAAC, said: “It’s so great to see such a show of support from our local community. As a charity, every penny we receive helps us continue to save lives across the region and we couldn’t do that without our wonderful supporters, so a huge thank you to everyone who helped us out by voting for GWAAC.”
The charity receives no day-today funding from the Government or National Lottery and needs to raise over £3 million a year to keep providing their life-saving service to over 2.1 million people.
The Critical Care Team, consisting of Critical Care Doctors and Specialist Paramedics, attended to 1,887 incidents last year, their busiest year to date, with an average of over 5 call outs a day.
The crew bring the skills and expertise of the accident and emergency department to the scene of the most critically ill or injured in their time of need, providing high level pre-hospital emergency care to those in their time of need.
From roadside blood transfusions to treating cardiac arrests or putting a patient under general anaesthetic, their critical care greatly improves the chances of survival before transporting a patient to hospital.