The largest number of call outs were to cardiac emergencies, 248 - almost one in four of the total incidents - while 220 - one in five incidents - were to road traffic collisions and one in ten incidents - 109 - involved children. In addition our team were called to 62 sporting accidents with almost half, 28, involving horse riders.
Our charity announced last week that our annual costs have risen by 15% to £3.75 million a year. This means we have to raise just over £10,000 a day to keep our lifesaving service operational. We are not funded directly by the Government and receive no National Lottery grants.
David Philpott, chief executive of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “The call out figures for 2018 show there was an increased demand for our essential lifesaving service. When our helicopter is unable to fly our critical care paramedics are available to respond to medical emergencies in Rapid Response Vehicles. These vehicles have the same specialist medical equipment that is on-board our helicopter.
“We are only able to keep saving lives thanks to the generosity of the public and businesses who make donations. If you would like to support us, please get in touch by calling the charity team on 01225 300536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”