Yorkshire Air Ambulance National Volunteer’s Week

by | 4 June 2022 | Local Charity, Rotherham

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is a life-saving rapid response emergency service delivering pre-hospital care to those who in need across Yorkshire. It costs £12,000 a day to keep both helicopters airborne and saving lives across the region.

It is often assumed that the Yorkshire Air Ambulance is government funded and part of the NHS, when in fact the Yorkshire Air Ambulance is independently funded by the generosity of individuals and organisations across the county.
To celebrate National Volunteer Week (1st to 7th June), YAA is shining a light on some of the amazing work its team of volunteers does and highlighting the importance of volunteering roles within charities.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s volunteers are the beating heart of the Charity, enabling a presence in local communities by spreading the word about the service and helping raise the much-needed funds to keep the service running.
The YAA has nearly 200 volunteers who assist with all aspects of the charity, from speaker presentations to helping collect tins and even helping in the storeroom at head office.

Between January and December 2019, prior to the pandemic, Yorkshire Air Ambulance volunteers racked up an incredible 10,000 hours of volunteering, from attending events to delivering talks, pledging as little or as much time as they were able to offer. They emptied approximately 3,700 collection tins and hosted 900 stalls at some of Yorkshire’s unique and most popular events.

Nichola Hawden has been volunteering for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance since 2018. Her dad, Stephen Croft, was airlifted by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in September 2018 after suffering a cardiac arrest pitch side at the Barnsley vs Burton Albion football match, in front of 11,000 spectators. The incident was very widely publicised at the time due to it happening just prior to kick-off, in front of a packed Oakwell Stadium.

Speaking about what she enjoys about being a YAA volunteer, Nichola said: “I am a working mum; I have two young kids and it gives me some ‘me time’, not a mum or a boss. It also gives me the opportunity to have new experiences and meet new people.
“The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is a fantastic resource for the region, it can make the difference between life and death. The innovation and investment the charity makes, is absolutely amazing. We’re lucky to have the YAA in our region.”
Laura Lawton, South Yorkshire Community Fundraiser for YAA, said: “Yorkshire Air Ambulance volunteering roles are flexible and can fit around your schedule, whether that’s weekly, monthly or a few times a year and there’s a volunteering role to suit everyone from public speakers who help us with our presentations to event volunteers who assist with the running of stalls. If you prefer to dip your toes into many different types of volunteering, you can apply to be a fundraising volunteer who will assist with everything from cheque presentations to bucket collections and even wearing the YAA mascot!”

To find out about volunteering roles in your area, please visit www.yorkshireairambulance.org.uk where you can download an information pack and complete the online application. For more information, please email volunteer@yaa.org.uk.