Local life-saving charity, 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 at Nostell Estate near 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 each evening and morning.
Captain Andy Lister, YAA Chief Pilot, said: “Our helicopters each weigh around 3 tones (6500lbs) so they are extremely heavy pieces of equipment to move around!
“Having the new heli-lift at Nostell allows us to quickly and safely move the aircraft between the hangar and the landing pad.”
The People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Captain Lister added “We would like to extend our thanks to The People’s Postcode Trust for their generous grant of £8,000 which has contributed to us being able to buy this vital piece of equipment. Without support such as this, we would not be able to continue to help to save lives across Yorkshire.”
The heli-lift was bought from Doncaster based TLC Handling. The revolutionary design means it can handle almost any make or model of skid mounted helicopter without the need for reconfiguration.
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 - the only help it does receive is the secondment of its paramedics from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
It needs to raise £9,990 every day to keep its two helicopters in the air – that’s the equivalent of £3.6 million a year.