Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) provides the critical care and air ambulance services to 2.1 million people across the South West. Their Critical Care Team attend the most seriously ill or injured across the region in their time of need. The crew is made up of Critical Care Doctors, Specialist Paramedics, and if flying, a highly trained and experienced pilot, who bring the expertise and skills of the accident and emergency department to the patient. Last year, the charity attended 1,887 missions across the region – an average of over 5 jobs a day and they need to raise over £3 million a year to remain operational.
With no funding sources other than charitable donations, GWAAC relies solely on the support of their local communities to keep them flying. They attend an average of over five patients a day, with each mission costing an average of £1,750. From roadside blood transfusions, to treating cardiac arrests and putting someone under a general anaesthetic, they give the patient the highest possible chance of survival before transporting them to hospital. The £1,000 donation from Ecclesiastical will go towards the cost of a mission, making sure they can provide the highest level of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical care to the patient at the scene, where they need it the most.