£4.2m air ambulance bid

The North West Air Ambulance in action
The North West Air Ambulance in action
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WIGAN’S air ambulance service have voiced their commitment to serving the borough in the next four years with the launch of a new charter.

The charity - which is run solely on donations - save hundreds of lives a year, but need £4.2 million each year to survive.

As part of national air ambulance week, the North West Air Ambulance charity (NWAA) have set out a new charter to care for people in Wigan and across the region till 2016.

Already this year, the NWAA has played a vital role in life-saving in the borough.

In July, they came to the aid of a young woman who fell 40 feet down a cliff face at East Quarry in Appley Bridge.

They also rescued a young boy following a an accident on the M6 at Wigan in April and a 24-year-old male who was involved in a similar smash on the M58 near Skelmersdale in August.

By 2016, the charity is committed to:

Always being there when needed – The charity will operate a 24/7 service with helicopters to support the population during the hours of darkness. If required, we will increase our fleet of helicopters to ensure people get the help they need.

Taking healthcare right to the patient – Every mission continues to be manned by a pilot, a paramedic and a doctor, all of whom can give life-saving drugs and clinical support at the scene of the incident.

Increasing chances of survival – By moving our bases from airports to hospitals, the charity will be able to take specialist resources to the patient as quickly as possible, aiming to get the patient to the right hospital in the right time, first time.

Providing volunteers, donors and supporters with first-class support – Without these people, the charity would not be able to operate, so the charity will provide them with a first-class service to ensure everyone feels a part of the charity.

Pushing the boundaries of innovation, passion and teamwork – The charity will constantly adapt to the ever-changing healthcare technologies and techniques, and will work together with its partners to be the best service it can be.

Lynda Brislin, chief executive of the North West Air Ambulance Charity said: “While we help over 12,000 people who are in real need each year, there is still more we can do.

“Our two helicopters currently only operate in daylight hours and there is a need to have doctors on every flight, which is a service we’ve launched earlier this month.

“We are dedicated to delivering all of our commitments by 2016 to help save the vital minutes that may save lives, but as a charity, developments of this nature come at a significant cost and would not be possible without the support and generosity of the North West public.”

For more information, or to donate to the charity, visit www.nwaa.net.