Great Western Air Ambulance Charity’s Ride 4 Life event takes place on Sunday July 9th 2017, giving bikers the chance to join hundreds of others on a rideout through Bristol.
Ride 4 Life will raise money for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) and is a great opportunity for people to take part in an organised ride.
All the money raised from the event will go towards keeping the GWAAC helicopter flying, meaning more lives are saved across Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, and parts of Wiltshire. It costs £2.6 million a year for GWAAC to stay operational, and they receive no day to day funding from the Government or National Lottery. Instead they rely on the generosity of the public to continue to fly.
GWAAC is one of the busiest air ambulance services in the UK, with 2016 being thir busiest ever year. On average, they are called to 4 incidents every single day. Within five minutes of a 999 call to the GWAAC base in Filton, our aircraft takes off. They don’t simply fly people to the nearest hospital. They treat accidents at the scene and in the air, providing life saving expertise before they even reach the hospital.
The service we provide is reliant on our brilliant team of pilots, paramedics and doctors who specialise in pre-hospital care and trauma medicine. We work to the Gold Standard Critical Care Model, which means we rush a Critical Care Paramedic and Critical Care Doctor straight to the scene. We arrive anywhere in our region no more that 20 minutes later. From emergency cesareans to roadside amputations to treating cardiac arrests, it’s the skill and dedication of our team that means one patient in five – a patient otherwise expected to die – survives.
You can help keep this lifesaving team flying by joining us on the Ride4Life event.