The County Air Ambulance Trust is the Region's oldest independent air ambulance charity, launched in March 1993.
It was founded to help ensure the financial future of the first red air ambulance helicopter based at Cosford. Since those early days the number of air ambulances in the region has increased to six with a total of thirty now providing essential cover in England and Wales.
The County Air Ambulance Trust continues to offer financial support to the three Air Ambulance charities in the region in a grant making capacity to fund operational costs and infrastructure projects.
The Trust is proud to have, for example, funded the bases at Cosford and Strensham and through the HELP Appeal will provide much needed helipad facilities at a number of A & E hospitals. The first new helipad opened in 2009 at Oswestry - the specialist spinal injuries hospital.
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