About the charity
Wales Air Ambulance delivers lifesaving, advanced medical care to people across Wales, whenever and wherever they need it.
The Wales Air Ambulance is your charity – it is funded by the people of Wales!
We are the only air ambulance charity based in and dedicated to the people of Wales and rely entirely on your charitable donations to keep the helicopters in the air and rapid response vehicle on the ground.
Since our inception on St. David’s Day, 1 March 2001, our Charity has attended over 43,000 missions. With bases across Wales, we operate some of the most advanced air ambulances in the UK, saving precious time and lives – all thanks to the people of Wales.
Our on-board consultants and critical care practitioners are highly skilled and carry some of the most pioneering medical equipment in the world. They can deliver blood transfusions, administer anaesthesia and undertake emergency operations at the scene of the incident, before flying the patient directly to specialist care. Proceeds from the trail will enable us to continue serving Wales and saving lives.
We are your Charity.
Your donations make a difference
On the sunny evening of 23 July 2021, Mark Kempsell finished work and thought he’d enjoy a ride out on his motorbike to north Wales, but things soon took a turn for the worse.
Mark was involved in a head-on collision with a double-cabbed pick-up truck, throwing him approximately 25 feet from the accident site and was knocked out instantly.
When the Wales Air Ambulance crew arrived, Mark was complaining of pain in his neck and top of his spine. His left leg was at a 90-degree angle. His right leg was also bent and Mark was unable to straighten it which indicated to the medical team that there could be potential underlying hip and pelvic fracture. Mark was also complaining of pain in his chest and abdomen. In addition, he had obvious fractures to his left arm.
At the roadside, the Wales Air Ambulance medics gave Mark strong intravenous medication for pain relief. They had to manipulate his left leg back into the correct position, to maintain adequate blood flow to his leg. They then placed it into a splint. Mark was also given a medication to help with bleeding and to ease the feeling of sickness.
Mark said: “Given the extent of my injuries and the location, I needed emergency treatment. Wales Air Ambulance was able to bring the hospital to me through their team of medics.
“They were able to administer treatment and transport me to hospital within a short space of time. I believe if there had been no air ambulance here, I wouldn’t have survived or at least the risk of further injury would have dramatically increased.”
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Key facts about The Wales Air Ambulance
We are on standby 24 hours a day
Every year we need to raise £11.2 million
The number of missions we have attended
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