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From all of us at The Air Ambulance Service

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our supporters, volunteers, patients, and staff a very merry Christmas.

Although it’s been another difficult year for many, we are incredibly grateful for the continued support and generosity of all our supporters which made this year of milestones possible.

This year saw our Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) celebrate 20 years of vital service and our Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) celebrate 15 years of saving lives, as well as achieving an overall ‘Outstanding’ CQC report. Together WNAA and DLRAA celebrated another milestone of 50,000 missions, as they’ve touched tens of thousands of lives, providing pre-hospital emergency critical care – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

2023 also marked the 10-year anniversary of the Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA), a national charity, changing the face of paediatric and neonatal care through the high-speed transfer of critically ill babies and children onboard two new clinically designed helicopters providing flying intensive care units.

TCAA has developed over the years into the pioneering transfer service it is today. On 10 May 2013, the service safely delivered its first patient transfer, and has now completed over 870 missions alongside its 11 NHS Clinical Partner Teams. The clinically designed helicopters and equipment continue to change the face of paediatric and neonatal care, and this year alone saw the vital service undertake its first ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) transfer, as well as launch three bespoke state-of-the-art incubators.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who’s supported us over 2023, whether that’s through direct donations, taking part in fundraising events and activities, volunteering with us, playing our lottery, using our reuse services, leaving a gift in your Will, shopping in our stores, sharing your patient story or spreading the message of the amazing work our frontline crews undertake every single day.

Without you, we couldn’t remain operational, saving lives every day of the year – including over this festive season.

Thank you all – our frontline services will continue to be here for you in 2024, and we wish you all a safe and healthy New Year.