Appeal for faster air ambulance

A campaign is up, up and away to raise £250,000 to make the Great Western Air Ambulance even more of a life-saver.

The charity want to lease a new EC135 aircraft, which will be able to fly to emergencies four minutes faster than its current helicopter, the Bolkow 105. 

The new chopper based at Filton Airfield near Bristol would be able to reach speeds of up 180 miles per hour, compared to 150 miles an hour now. 

A new aircraft would also be easier to work with and safer, because it can load patients in from the side, unlike the current craft which has a rear hatch. 

Inside, the cabin is roomier, leaving more space for paramedics to work. There is also space for a family member to travel alongside patients.

The Great Western Air Ambulance helicopter is based at Filton Airfield and has been flying and responding to emergencies across Bath, Bristol, Gloucestershire and Witshire since 2008. 

For a charity, it is very expensive to run: a minute's worth of fuel costs £15, while each flight totals £600. In all, the air ambulance has an annual running cost of £1.5m. 

Find out more about the appeal by clicking here

Recently Played Tracks

On Radio: Club Classics with Mark Wright

7pm - 9pm

Email the show

Text 'HEART' to 82122

Club Classics with Mark Wright

On TV: Club Classics 90s Countdown

4:10pm - 9pm

Watch heart TV

  • Rudimental Waiting All Night

    Now

    iTunes

  • Olly Murs WRAPPED UP FT. TRAVIE MCCOY

    19:00

  • One Direction Steal My Girl

    18:57

    iTunes

  • One Direction You & I

    18:53

    iTunes

Heart VIP

Bingo

Local

Spring Weather Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Follow Heart on Twitter