PRINCE Andrew has given his backing to a life-saving Yorkshire charity.
The Duke of York has agreed to become the Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s royal patron after opening one of its airbases earlier this month.
The royal visited and officially opened the YAA’s northern airbase at RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk.
He praised the charity’s work and said he was proud to take on the role as royal patron.
Chairman Peter Sunderland said: “We were absolutely delighted when we heard the news that the Duke of York had agreed to become our royal patron.
“We have always had close links to His Royal Highness as he has been our honorary chief pilot for a number of years, but for him to have accepted to becoming our royal patron is wonderful news.
“We were able to welcome him to our northern base airbase at RAF Topcliffe last week where he was shown round our excellent facilities, as well as taking time to meet many of our guests.
“It was lovely to hear him talk about the excellent work our charity does and how he had been closely following our progress over the last few years too.
“And to top it off, Prince Andrew’s acceptance of royal patronage couldn’t have come at a more apt time given it is Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee year.
“There have been so many wonderful fundraising events organised to commemorate this special occasion as well as raising money for the YAA.
“We hope to be able to involve His Royal Highness in many of the YAA’s future events.”
The charity operates two life-saving helicopters from RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk and Leeds Bradford International Airport.
Together they offer a rapid response emergency service across the Yorkshire region seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The YAA has to raise more than £2.6m a year – which amounts to £7,200 a day.
The money keeps the helicopters flying and makes sure there are enough funds put aside for the future.