The Great Western Air Ambulance was founded in 2008 and their helicopter is based in Fulton. It can reach anywhere in the region within 15 minutes and saves lives across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
The charity provides lifesaving emergency care to people who cannot be reached by road, or are in a state so critical that they require the specialist skills of our team at the scene of the accident. Though we are part of the regional 999 response service and work closely with NHS hospitals, GWAAC are entirely funded by local people.
The charity covers a population of over 2.1m people and attends on average 4 incidents per day (1736 missions in 2016 alone). It costs over £2.6m a year to keep the charity flying and this money is raised through a variety of fundraising initiatives with their weekly lottery being the single biggest income stream. Tower Lotteries are proud to have run and managed the weekly lottery since its inception and with income now exceeding £1m a year, its importance cannot be under-estimated.
If you would like to become a lottery canvasser for GWAAC contact David Norrie on 07982 246404.
To read The Great Western Air Ambulance 2016 Impact Report – [click here]