Case Study: Children's Air Ambulance

The service launched the UK’s first ever children’s helicopter emergency transfer service in spring 2013. The service flies critically ill children across the UK to specialist hospitals and also serves as a flying intensive care unit for children – delivering children to safety approximately four times faster than transport by road ambulance.

Since its launch, the charity has transferred 113 children, most of them new-born requiring specialist heart surgery. It has also transported 47 clinical teams, where the patient has been too ill to fly. The service is provided free to the NHS and the patients that require it.

The Foundation supports the charity’s work, which comprises lease of the helicopter, insurance, medical equipment and consumables, hangarage and the operation of the air desk.