Helicopter crews lift off thanks to £8,000 funding

Yorkshire Air Ambulance with their new Heli-lift equipment
Yorkshire Air Ambulance with their new Heli-lift equipment

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance, has benefitted from an £8,000 grant from The People’s Postcode Trust.

The money has been used to help by a state-of-the-art heli-lift for the YAA’s new airbase in Wakefield.

The heli-lift is a vital piece of equipment allowing the air ambulance crews to easily move the helicopter from the landing pad to the hangar.

Captain Andy Lister, YAA Chief Pilot, said: “Our helicopters each weigh around three tones so they are extremely heavy pieces of equipment to move around.”

The People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Captain Lister added: “We’d like to extend our thanks to The People’s Postcode Trust for their generous grant which has contributed to us being able to buy this vital piece of equipment.”

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance provides a rapid response emergency service to five million people across the county. As an independent charity, it does not receive any direct government funding and needs to raise £9,990 every day to keep its two helicopters in the air.