Air Ambulances UK

About Air Ambulance Week

Air Ambulance Week takes off across the UK on 9th September 2024, with air ambulance charities across the UK delivering the message that Air Ambulance charities can’t save lives without you!

Air Ambulance Week is the only week in the year dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the vital lifesaving work of air ambulance charities and is organised by us, Air Ambulances UK, the national charity supporting the lifesaving work of the UK’s air ambulance charities, enabling them to save even more lives every day.

The event also highlights that anyone, anywhere in the UK can become a patient at any time. Air ambulance charities collectively make over 45,000 lifesaving missions each year across the UK. There are 37 air ambulance helicopters in the UK operated by 21 air ambulance charities, providing pre-hospital care support to the NHS and forming an important part of the UK’s frontline emergency services.

Air ambulance crews bring the Emergency Department to patients who have suffered a life threatening or life changing trauma or medical emergency; providing specialist critical care to save lives. The UK’s 21 air ambulance charities receive no day-to-day government funding and depend almost entirely on charitable donations to deliver their lifesaving care.

On average an air ambulance can reach someone in urgent need within 15 minutes. Air ambulance charities are collectively dispatched to over 126 lifesaving missions each day across the UK. Each lifesaving mission by air costs on average £4,110 and are funded almost entirely by donations. That’s why we can’t save lives without you and why Air Ambulances UK is calling on people all over the UK to support their local air ambulance to ensure air ambulance charities continue to save lives every day.

“Air Ambulance Week is an important reminder of the vital work done by air ambulance charities across the UK. Each day, air ambulance charities are collectively dispatched to over 126 lifesaving missions and each mission is funded almost entirely by the generosity of our local communities. Without the support of people like you, air ambulance charities would not be able to continue to deliver advanced pre-hospital care to people with a sudden life-threatening injury or medical illness.”


  • Support us through your social channels

    You can participate by simply following us on our social media platforms and actively supporting our campaigns within your local communities. Download our Communications pack by clicking on the header. Please feel free to use our resources to join in with the campaign and help air ambulance charities save even more lives every day.

  • Make a regular or one off donation

    Help air ambulance charities to save even more lives everyday across the UK by making a regular or a one off gift. Air ambulance charities are funded almost entirely by donations, and so your support is vital in ensuring they can continue to fly and save lives every day.