THE Yorkshire Air ambulance has huge support across the county.
Its ability to get to difficult locations and transport often badly injured or seriously ill people to hospital has literally been proved a life-saver.
Often the helicopter heroes, as many now call them, have turned out to be just that.
The ability of the air crews to get their helicopters into sometimes tight and difficult areas or to save people with complex injuries the potential discomfort and delay of a road journey in heavy traffic has been proved time and time again.
Whether it is landing on a motorway or a bleak moorland, the air crews have tackled it all. And after 13 years the crews have just notched up a milestone – airlifting their 5,000th patient to hospital.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance has two helicopters and the charity which runs the service needs to raise £9,990 every single day to keep them flying.
That is equivalent to £3.6m per year and thanks to the generosity of the people and businesses in the region, that has so far been possible.
But this is a service that can never be taken for granted and one that must never be under-estimated.
The figures speak for themselves. Last year the crews attended 933 incidents transporting 431 patients to hospital.
And behind those numbers lie the stories of individuals whose lives could have been very different if it had not been for the work of the air ambulance crews. Let’s hope they continue to receive the support from the public which, in turn, enables them to help us.