Your North West Air Ambulance Charity takes advanced healthcare to scene; reaching, treating and transferring patients to definitive care as quickly as possible and working collaboratively with our partners to ensure they are transferred to the best treatment centre thus improving chances of survival and reducing the risk of long term injury.

Just as many critically injured patients would not survive without the service, your North West Air Ambulance Charity would not be here without you. The service is funded by the generosity of the public through donations, fundraising activity, lottery membership and through our network of retail outlets, who provide vital charitable funding to keep our service flying.

Helimed 08 (Blackpool) two paramedics

Helimed 72 (Barton) one paramedic and one doctor

Helimed 75 (Barton) two paramedics

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    The North West Air Ambulance Charity was founded, operating just five days per week

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    The generosity of our supporters enabled us to begin flying seven days a week

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    We were able to upgrade our helicopter, thanks to a generous legacy of £500,000

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    We opened the doors of our first charity shop in Southport

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    Thanks to continuous donations, we introduced a second helicopter to our fleet

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    Doctors were introduced onto one aircraft, administering specialist care at the scene

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    We welcomed a third helicopter to our fleet

  • 2016

    Our red helicopter became yellow and with that came an exciting new look for the entire fleet to help raise awareness for our lifesaving service, whether in the skies or on the ground

  • 2017

    We received funding to purchase a LUCAS Chest Compression system, which provides automated CPR on patients suffering a cardiac arrest

  • Sep 2017

    Aintree University Hospital’s helipad was officially opened by HRH The Prince of Wales, and our crew had the honour of meeting His Royal Highness at the grand unveiling

  • Feb 2018

    The first of four rapid response vehicles was purchased, made possible thanks to our amazing supporters

  • Apr 2018

    Collaborating with Wythenshawe Hospital we streamlined vital cardiac arrest treatments for the first time, with the first patient transported for ECMO on this date

  • Sep 2018

    Our flagship Brew with the Crew fundraising campaign was launched

  • Nov 2018

    Together with Wythenshawe Hospital, we won ‘Innovation of the Year’ at the National Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence, for our ECMO lifesaving cardiac arrest treatment

  • Jan 2019

    We launched blood on board in conjunction with Blood Bikes Manchester, Salford Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Transfusion Service, and North West Ambulance Service, allowing us to administer blood transfusions by the roadside

  • Apr 2019

    The BBC’s BAFTA winning ‘Ambulance’ returned with a fifth series, featuring the North West Air Ambulance’s lifesaving crew for the first time

  • Aug 2019

    Lift off Lotto reached over 100,000 plays per week

  • May 2020

    Celebrating 21 years of our lifesaving service

  • June 2020

    The BBC’s BAFTA winning ‘Ambulance’ returned with a brand new series, featuring the North West Air Ambulance crew saving lives alongside North West Ambulance Service’s Merseyside crew

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