“We are now flying our brand-new state-of-the art helicopter- the AgustaWestland 169. After more than a year in the planning we finally unveiled the helicopter that will serve the people of Lincs & Notts for years to come earlier this year!
Our iconic yellow helicopter is dispatched to some of the most serious life-threatening 999 calls within the two counties, undertaking an average of 3 missions every day, 365 days a year.
This year it will cost our Charity £2.5 million to keep the helicopter in the sky, saving lives every day. To raise this money we rely totally on the people, organisations and businesses of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is a dedicated Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. We can reach any point in the two counties in less than 20 minutes and on average can transfer a patient to hospital within 8 minutes. Each mission costs approx £2,500 and we fly an average of 3 missions per day, 365 days of the year. Each year we need to raise £2.5m to keep flying and saving lives.
Since our Charity began, over 23 years ago, we have undertaken more than 18,600 life-threatening missions, delivering specialist medical attention to the people of Lincs & Notts in their greatest hour of need. Traveling at speeds sometimes in excess of 200mph, our skilled team of pilots, doctors and paramedics effectively bring the equivalent of an A&E department to the scene of an incident and can transport a patient to a specialist unit or major hospital in a fraction of the time taken by road ambulance.
We are based at RAF Waddington, south of Lincoln. This base is unaffected by road congestion, country roads, heavy vehicles or road works. Our Helicopter, affectionately known as our ‘Ambucopter’, is fully equipped for almost any medical emergency. It is usually staffed by a pilot, two paramedics and a doctor.
Every year we are called upon for approximately 1,000 missions. Each year the generous people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire help us raise the money to do this! Please continue to spread the word, organise fundraisers, play our lottery, volunteer your time and donate to our 11 charity shops across the counties. Together we can keep this vital lifesaving service operating for many years to come.”
If you would like to donate to Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, head to their website at the link below.