Chopper medics need pounds for the pumps

North West Air Ambulance helicopters
North West Air Ambulance helicopters

HIGH flying medics are facing a fuel crisis of their own.

The Blackpool-based North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) has become a vital part of the emergency services, flying sick and injured people to hospital from across the region.

But the cost of fuel to keep the region’s two emergency helicopters flying is a staggering £400 per hour, and that will only increase as the North West Air Ambulance charity approaches its busiest time of the year.

The charity now needs £4.3m a year and relies almost entirely on donations from the general public.

Lynda Brislin, Chief Executive of NWAA, said, “Everyone’s feeling the effects when they fill up with petrol and we’re no different.

“Our helicopters are lifesavers, but we do use a large amount of fuel during the course of the year.

“And as we approach our busiest time of the year, I would urge people to continue supporting this fantastic charity so we can keep saving lives every day of the year.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the North West Air Ambulance Charity can do so by calling 0800 587 4570.

Or by post, send to Freepost North West Air Ambulance, North Mersey Business Centre, Woodward Road, Knowsley, L33 7UY.