About the County Air Ambulance Trust HELP Appeal
In 2009 CAAT launched the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal, to fund much needed helipad facilities at Major Trauma Centres and A&E hospitals throughout the country. The HELP Appeal is still recognised as the only charity in the country dedicated to funding life-saving hospital helipads.
Whilst air ambulance doctors and paramedics do outstanding work, the lack of hospital helipads has been a missing link in the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). Many of the helipads that have been opened would not have happened without this unique funding from the HELP Appeal.
Why are helipads so important?
Here’s what patients who’ve landed on HELP Appeal funded helipads have to say
“Without the helipad I probably would have died…You really don’t realise how crucial it is until you need it – thankfully my boys and unborn child still have their daddy.” Tom Locke, who fell three stories from the roof of his house.
Most recently the County Air Ambulance Trust HELP Appeal launched two critical care cars with Midlands Air Ambulance, which operate in Birmingham and the Black Country and the Worcester area. In 2019, it also funded a new emergency responder vehicle for the Cheshire and Shropshire Immediate Care Group, a network of medical volunteers who support local ambulance services in the area during emergency incidents.
Like to find out more?
For more information about the HELP Appeal, please call 0800 3898 999 or visit www.helpappeal.org.uk where you can find its fundraising pack and the latest fundraising events you can get involved in.