It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s Yorkshire Air Ambulance 

There are five million people across Yorkshire’s four million acres and mixed terrain. In emergency situations, an ambulance can’t always get to us a quick as we might need it. That’s where the Yorkshire Air Ambulance comes in. With it’s helicopters, it provides a rapid response, life saving service to the people of Yorkshire. 

The charity began life in a Portakabin at Leeds Bradford Airport in 2000. The first ever helicopter the charity used was a 20 year old leased Bolokow – something they had to put up with until 2006 when their chopper was updated. That year was also when the charity shot to fame after rescuing Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond when he crashed a rocket-propelled car travelling at 300mph at Elvington Airfield, just outside of York. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance picked him up and dashed him over to Leeds. Following that, donations form the public reached £2 million, and the charity featured in their own BBC 1 documentary series the following year... hosted by Richard Hammond.

The YAA is operational seven days a week, 365 days a year and needs to raise £12,000 every single day to keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances in the air and maintained. This is equivalent to £4.4million each year. It currently attends over 1000 incidents a year, that’s four a day on average. 

They need you

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance isn't made up of just pilots and paramedics; they need a whole army of ground crew to keep them flying. Right now there are volunteer roles available like speaking at public events on behalf of the charity, manning fund-raising events, and collection box and info stewards. However, if you have a special skill that you think the Air Ambulance could put to good use, get in touch today. Call 01422 237900, visit or email