The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is taking to the streets with two brand-new support vehicles after a donation from Sheffield-based healthcare firm B. Braun Medical Ltd.
Braun pledged £25,000 to help the charity purchase and fully customise one of the Fiat Ducato vans which will be used to promote the work of the life-saving charity. The other has been adapted using funding from the Yorkshire Freemasons.
The vehicles have been kitted out with wraparound screens, a flight console with a pilot seat and interchangeable graphics which all aim to raise awareness of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) and educate the public on the work they do.
The YAA is an independent charity providing a lifesaving rapid response emergency service to five million people across the whole of Yorkshire. To keep both its helicopters maintained and in the air, the charity needs to raise £12,000 every single day.
The state-of-the-art vans will be used to support the Air Ambulance’s presence at events and as a mobile education unit when the charity resumes its school visits.
Director of Fundraising (North and East) at the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Helen Callear, said: “B Braun are one of our longest standing supporters and we are immensely grateful for their continued support and helping us get our vehicles on the road.
“We often get requests for our helicopters to land at events, but as they are fully operational 365 days a year, it’s not always possible. Our new promotional vehicles have been customised to simulate the cockpit of the air ambulance so that our supporters can get a taste of what it is like to be inside our aircraft and learn more about our vital life-saving work.
“Our new fundraising vehicles will enable to us to further raise awareness of our work, not only at the events, but also at schools where we hope to inspire the next generation of fundraisers so that we can continue saving lives across the region for years to come.”
David Oates, Group MD at B. Braun Medical Ltd said: “The vans look fantastic and we are delighted that we are able to support such a brilliant project which will have educational as well as fundraising benefits for the Air Ambulance.
“I know that these vehicles will make a huge difference to the vital work the fundraising team does in the community, and it will open up more opportunities to attend events they wouldn’t otherwise have had a presence at.”