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Air Ambulance Week 2023

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By Rob Harvey

Marketing Manager - Bridge Classic Cars

With thousands of people needing emergency care every single day, the lifesaving services provided by air ambulances can literally be the difference between survival and death. These airborne heroes can get to those who desperately need help in a much quicker time than other services would be able to. It is because of this level of importance that we are joining Air Ambulances UK in their celebration of Air Ambulance Week 2023 – the only week of the year dedicated to raising awareness and funds for our country’s flying lifesavers.

The Importance of Air Ambulance Week

Air Ambulance Week is a nationwide event in the United Kingdom that takes place in September each year. It is an initiative to recognise and celebrate the vital work carried out by air ambulance charities across the country. These charities rely on donations to operate their helicopters, cover maintenance costs, and provide essential medical equipment that their highly skilled teams use in the worst moments of their patient’s lives. Unbelievably, the 21 air ambulance charities throughout the UK receive no day-to-day government funding and rely almost entirely on charitable donations.

To put into perspective just how much of a challenge our air ambulance charities face:

  • Collectively, air ambulance charities attend more than 37,000 lifesaving missions each year across the UK
  • Between them, air ambulances are dispatched to over 102 missions every day
  • Each mission costs, on average, £3962
  • There are 37 air ambulance helicopters operated by 21 charities
  • Without raising enough funds through charitable donations, they would not be able to do what they do

Air ambulances play a vital role in emergency healthcare, significantly reducing response times and improving survival rates in critical situations. They provide rapid transportation to hospitals for trauma victims, deliver specialised medical teams to accident scenes, and have saved countless lives directly as a result of their services. By raising awareness and funds during Air Ambulance Week, this work can continue.

East Anglian Air Ambulance And Bridge Classic Cars

Earlier this year, we teamed up with our local air ambulance charity, East Anglian Air Ambulance to raise funds to help them continue to save lives throughout Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, and Bedfordshire. We did this through our special charity competition where we gave the opportunity for someone to win a 1973 Triumph Spitfire for just a few pounds. By collaborating on this charity competition, we wanted to make a significant impact on EAAA’s mission of saving lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. By the end of the competition, over £17,000 was raised for EAAA and everyone here at Bridge Classic Cars was extremely proud to raise some much-needed funds for our incredible local air ambulance charity.

The money raised will help the EAAA continue its lifesaving work, ensuring that its helicopter can remain operational and equipped with the latest medical technology. This means that more people in East Anglia will have access to the rapid, expert medical care that air ambulances provide. Lives will be saved, and families will be spared the anguish of losing loved ones due to delayed emergency medical responses.

Supporting Air Ambulances

Air Ambulance Week is a reminder of the incredible work done by air ambulance charities. The heroes who work as part of these charities throughout the UK deserve huge respect for the thousands of lives they save.

However, without your help and donations, they wouldn’t be able to take to the skies and help people who need it most.

If you would like to make a donation to Air Ambulances UK as part of Air Ambulance Week 2023, you can do so here.

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