BBC Home
Explore the BBC
BBC News
Launch consoleBBC NEWS CHANNEL
Last Updated: Thursday, 25 October 2007, 14:18 GMT 15:18 UK
Second Air Ambulance is launched
The new Yorkshire Air Ambulance
The new aircraft was unveiled at Barnsley Football Club
Yorkshire Air Ambulance has celebrated the arrival of its second helicopter at an event to mark its seventh birthday.

The helicopter, which will be based at Sheffield City Airport aviation centre, will go into service this month.

It was funded by donations made after the service flew Top Gear star Richard Hammond to hospital after a high speed crash at Elvington in September 2006.

The service said it still relied upon public support and needed 6,900 per day to keep its ambulances flying.

The Top Gear presenter was treated for swelling to the brain and bruising after his high-speed crash, caused by a tyre blow-out at 288mph while driving a jet-powered car.

Jobs 'missed'

Spokeswoman Laura Turner said: "Following all the publicity surrounding Richard Hammond's dramatic crash last year, it is assumed that we are now a rich charity.

"However, this is not the case. The money raised for the second air ambulance was kindly raised through donations from people worldwide responding to Richard Hammond's crash.

"This generosity allowed the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to place a large deposit on a mortgage for the second air ambulance through the Yorkshire Bank."

The new aircraft was unveiled at Barnsley Football Club on Thursday.

Paramedic Paul Bradbury said: "I think there were 200 to 300 jobs last year we were unable to attend because either the aircraft was offline or it was already on a previous job.

"With having a second aircraft now hopefully we can catch those jobs and that's going to be beneficial to anyone who needs us."

SEE ALSO
Air ambulance stretched to limit
11 Apr 07 |  North Yorkshire
Air ambulance in move to new home
01 Jan 07 |  North Yorkshire
Charity gets second air ambulance
29 Nov 06 |  North Yorkshire

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific