The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is a dedicated emergency services air-response unit currently consisting of 2 helicopters and serving the 5 million-strong population of the county. The Air Ambulance has been responsible for saving nearly 5000 lives since its inception on April 1st 2000, transporting patients from the location of accident to the nearest hospital in roughly 10 minutes. In September 2007 the BBC commissioned a reality TV programme following a day in the life of the crew called Helicopter Heroes. Now starting it’s 7th series, the show has returned at 9:15am every weekday.
The service costs just shy of £10,000 to keep both of the helicopters operational every day and with government funding being cut left, right and centre, the Air Ambulance needs the help from the public now more than ever. Award winning folk artist Steve Tilston has been getting involved with fundraising for the YAA, organising a benefit event at Derwent Village Hall on June 1st, starting at 8pm. The fundraiser involves a competition open to the public to record and upload an anthem for the Air Ambulance, with the winner having their song recorded for release on a future CD and the opportunity to meet all of the YAA crew.
To book tickets for the benefit log on to www.WeGotTickets.com – they’re priced at £6 each.