Rotary club honoured by Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Rotary club honoured by Yorkshire Air Ambulance

It costs Yorkshire Air Ambulance £4.4 million to run two helicopters to service the whole county. Rotary Elland has been a big supporter of the charity, and they were recently recognised for their efforts.

Rotary Elland has been honoured at the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Recognition Awards 2018 where they received the award for West Yorkshire Community Group of the Year 2018.

Accepting the award in behalf of the club members, President Chris Blakey said the club were humbled.

Over the last three years the club have raised an estimated £16,000 towards keeping the air ambulance flying.

This has come through a range of events from Santa’s Sleigh collections at the supermarkets to the air ambulance landing at the Elland Community Fair.

Rotary Elland are a diverse group who organise a range of events across the year to promote the community, fundraising and fellowship.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives across the vast county.

As a charity, they only receive help through the secondment of paramedics from the NHS, through the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

To keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances in the air they need to raise £12,000 per day.

This is equivalent to £4.4 million per year.

As a rapid response air emergency service, the charity serves a population of approximately five million people across four million acres.

Their two air ambulances operate from The Nostell Priory Estate near Wakefield and RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk, and together both aircraft cover the whole of the region.

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