Air Ambulance charities across the country are once again coming together to celebrate National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) which takes place between 22-28th September 2014. NAAW is an initiative created by the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) and celebrates the work of your local Air Ambulance, giving them a national voice and an opportunity to promote the work they do at a local level. Together, the UK’s Air Ambulance charities generate £96.7 million a year, operate 36 helicopters, have a volunteer network of over 2,500 people and are one of the most exciting and innovative group of organisations in the UK. With many investing funds to expand their operations to provide night HEMS missions, upgrading their aircraft or placing investment into the advanced education and training of their Paramedics and Doctors, there is no better time to show them your support!
In 2013, the NAAW campaign was boosted by the creation of a celebrity video montage which featured 17 celebrities and sports personalities quoting the words, “I support my local air ambulance, do you?”
This year, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is urging the public to get involved by recording a short video saying the same words, “I support my local air ambulance, do you?” and then nominating friends and family to do the same. The video can then be:
- Uploaded to Twitter: @dsairambulance using the #NAAW2014 hashtag or
- Sent as a message on the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Facebook page
- If you do not have access to social media, you can simply email your video to: email@example.com and the Charity will upload it on your behalf.
Tracy Bartram, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Communications Manager said, “NAAW has now become a regular feature on people’s event calendars and there are so many different ways that people can get involved. Some of our supporters hold mufti or dress down days at school or within the workplace. Others organise their own events or set themselves a challenge and ask their friends to sponsor them.
“The creation of a video is probably one of the easiest ways of getting involved this year. We really want people to have fun with the idea and hope that the initiative goes viral as many other air ambulance charities in the UK are also doing the same. We look forward to seeing how the people of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance respond.”