The County Air Ambulance Trust was launched in March 1993 and was founded to help ensure the financial future of the first red air ambulance helicopter based at Cosford. The first air ambulance was launched as 'Air 5' in 1991.
Since those early days the number of air ambulances in the region has increased to six with a total of over thirty now providing essential cover in England, Wales and Scotland.
The County Air Ambulance Trust continues to offer financial support for the four Air Ambulances in the region in a grant making capacity to fund operational costs and infrastructure projects to the Midlands Air Ambulances and Great Western Air Ambulance.
The Trust is proud to have, for example, funded the bases at RAF Cosford and Strensham and through the HELP Appeal provides much needed helipad facilities at Major Trauma Centres and key A & E hospitals. The first new helipad opened in 2009 at Oswestry - please see www.helpappeal.org.uk for the very latest details on current projects.
Hospital building programmes, uncertainty within the NHS and a lack of cash has resulted in delay and deferral with only a very few hospitals having helipads and a number of these require updating. Secondary transfers from helicopters to road ambulances take valuable time - time that can be saved with proper helipad facilities.
Every second of every minute of every hour counts for serious accidents or medical emergencies and when the clock starts ticking off the minutes of the Golden Hour, the difference between life and death is often a fast flying helicopter with appropriate landing facilities.
The Charity does not receive any help at all from government or lottery funds