Here’s how

we save lives

When a newborn baby or child is fighting for their life, they need to get expert medical treatment fast. Which is where The Children’s Air Ambulance comes in.

The Children’s Air Ambulance provides a world-class medical transfer service whose specialist facilities are so advanced we can provide intensive care in the air for critically ill babies and children up to the age of 18.

In December 2012, the Children’s Air Ambulance took off. Our service began with one helicopter that completed transfers across the UK, but we wanted to help more children who needed our services at the same time. So, in 2018, we increased our fleet and have invested in two new aircraft that contain enhanced technical equipment and an extra seat for a parent or clinician to travel on board.

Situated at Doncaster and Oxford air bases, these two aircraft can simultaneously attend transfer missions, servicing the whole of United Kingdom. Our aircraft contain all of the vital equipment needed to safely transfer our patients to receive the vital care they need, or if they’re too sick to travel, we take the specialist teams and equipment to them.

Nothing is more precious than time and our helicopters complete journeys 4x faster than those taken by road, reducing the risk of further complications and helping to save lives.

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James’ Story

Baby James needed the specialist help and services that only an air ambulance can provide. With our help tiny baby James could get to where he needed to be safely and quicker than any other mode of travel.

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James' Story

Your donation helps us fly critically ill children across the UK to get the specialist care they need.

Your donation, however small, could help save a child’s life. We are the UK’s first and only dedicated air ambulance transfer service. Yet we receive no government funding and rely totally on donations from the public. We need to keep our two new helicopters flying so we can reach even more children and their families. Please help us today.

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Flying teams and equipment

When a child is too sick to travel, we fly medical teams and equipment to them, turning their local hospital into a specialist centre

Flying children

We fly critically ill babies and children across the UK to get the expert medical care they need

Taking families home

We also take children and families back home after the life-saving care, taking pressure off the NHS

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We’ve now flown well over 200 missions

In December 2012, the Children’s Air Ambulance service took off. We started to transfer specialist teams to treat seriously ill children around the UK. In May 2013, we made our first baby transfer when we took little Theo to hospital for the emergency surgery that would save his life. Today, we are the first and only dedicated helicopter transfer service for critically ill children. Our mission is to put the lives and well-being of the children in our care above everything and anything we do.

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For every child we fly to get life-saving treatment, there are some that we can’t. We desperately need your help to reach them all. But we only have two helicopters, we don’t receive any government funding and our services are all free of charge. Will you help us carry on our life-saving work?

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Your donation can literally lift our helicopters up and away to help save a child's life

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£24 a month could pay for enough fuel to fly the Children's Air Ambulance 8 miles each and every month

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