Helicopters are versatile vehicles – not only can you hire one of our helicopters to see the best view of London in the lap of luxury, but vitally, helicopters in London are also used to save lives.
The London Helicopter are proud supporters of London’s Air Ambulance, the charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured patients in London. In fact – we will match any donation you make to London’s Air Ambulance.
Like The London Helicopter pilots, London’s Air Ambulance’s crew complete rigorous training and testing to ensure that safety is paramount and they can offer a world-class service.
If you, a family member or friend had a serious injury and are in urgently need life-saving treatment, you would be eternally grateful to London’s Air Ambulance.
However, many people are shocked to find out that London’s Air Ambulance is a charity and needs charitable donations to be able to deliver it’s life-saving work. In fact, all air ambulances in the UK are run by charities, meaning there is a price tag on this vital emergency service.
A survey last year revealed that only a third of people know that London’s Air Ambulance is a charity! Everyone sees it as a crucial emergency service and assume it will be there for them if needed, yet people don’t realise it will only continue to exist if people continue to donate and raise money to continue this essential service.
What does London’s Air Ambulance do?
London’s Air Ambulance provides pre-hospital medical care to the 10 million people that live, work and travel within the M25. The team, which at all times includes an advanced trauma doctor and paramedic, perform advanced medical interventions normally only found in the hospital Emergency Department, in time critical, life threatening situations. They can perform open chest surgery to restart the heart or give general anaesthetic or blood at the roadside to save a life.
How does London’s Air Ambulance benefit the patient?
The advanced trauma team will be airborne within 4 minutes of activation and can reach anywhere in London within 11 minutes, meaning that the service can be at a patient’s side providing life-saving treatment in under 15 minutes. By providing advanced pre-hospital care as quickly as possible at the scene, London’s Air Ambulance is able to give critically injured patients the best care possible, improving not only their chances of survival but quality of life afterwards.
London’s Air Ambulance has provided pre-hospital care in London for 29 years, helping more than 38,000 patients. Some patients simply would not have survived without their pre-hospital intervention.
A helicopter is much faster than an ambulance by road as it is less dangerous to travel at a high speed in the air. The helicopter can move as the crow flies and is largely uninhibited by events on the ground.
How many air ambulance incidents will there be today?
We are in awe of London’s Air Ambulance service and the heroes on board who treat an average of 5 seriously injured patients every 24 hours.
Where does the money donated go?
When you donate to a charity it is always interesting to see where your pounds will go. The monetary donations for London’s Air Ambulance couldn’t be more valued:
✅ Just £1.75 could buy a pair of scissors which could speedily cut through a patient’s clothing, making sure they get the fastest possible treatment
✅ Just £6 could buy a blast bandage to immediately dress an amputation or large wound
✅ £20 helps keep the helicopters in the air and the rapid response cars on the ground
✅ £65 buys a pelvic splint to reduce bleeding and pain in that area
✅ £395 buys a fire retardant flight suit keeping a crew member safe
✅ £460 buys a Thomas Pack containing drugs and equipment
✅ £1,700 could pay for a mission that saves someone’s life
We match any money you donate through The London Helicopter, so the charity gets double the amount of money, for double the impact.
Where’s the closest London’s Air Ambulance charity shop to me?
As well as donating money towards the vital needs of the service, with the huge benefit of The London Helicopter matching your donation, you can also help the charity by supporting London’s Air Ambulance charity shop in Whitechapel.
London’s Air Ambulance shop situated in The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel sells London’s Air Ambulance merchandise which you can buy to support and publicise the cause. You can also volunteer your time by working in the shop.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, sums up how essential this service is:
‘London’s Air Ambulance delivers a vital service for those who have been critically injured in the capital, but it relies on donations to provide its life-saving assistance. From helicopters to medical equipment, the public’s generosity means this charity has been able to give emergency care to Londoners’.
With your help, we can continue to support this essential emergency care service.