It's a charity, keep it flying

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

Help save local lives

We receive no day-to-day government funding and rely on your donations, no matter how big or small.

It’s because of people like you that we are able to save lives.


Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

Here when you need us

Our committed team are on stand-by, every day of the year. 

We attend 4 incidents every day, saving local lives. Whoever you are, we are there when you need us.

About Us

Be a Hero and support your local air ambulance!

Be a Hero!

We need people to to find their inner hero and help keep us flying!

National Air Ambulance Week is your chance to support the work of your lifesaving local air ambulance.

Help Us


Corporate Partnerships

Show people you care about saving lives in your area by becoming a GWAAC partner. 

Working together, we can keep providing this life saving service to your community. There are lots of activities you and your organization can get involved in, and our friendly fundraising team are here to help you choose and plan what works best for your company and employees. 

Get involved!


Individual fundraising

From holding events to taking part in sponsored challenges, there are so many ways to get involved and help the team! 

We are always happy to hear fundraising ideas, or to help you plan events to raise money. It’s the support of individuals like you that make it possible for us to save the lives of people in your area. If you would like to know more about getting involved, speak to the fundraising team.

Raise money


Come & work with us!

We are always looking for volunteers to help out the GWAAC team. 

Whether you can help in our offices, have a collection box, take part in a sponsored activity or host a fundraising event, we need you! 

We are only able to do what we do because of people like you who are willing to give up some of their precious time to provide this vital service to their community. Do something amazing and help us save lives. 

Become a volunteer
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Air Ambulance Lottery

Help save local lives and be in with a chance of winning up to £1000 by playing our lottery! 

With a donation of just £1 a week (or more if you can spare it!) you will be entered into our Air Ambulance Lottery. Make giving fun, and help save the lives of people in your area. What could be easier than that! (You must be aged 16 or over to play the lottery)

Play the lottery

Events & Challenges

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity is the official partner for the 2016 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

Over the course of the weekend, GWAAC staff and volunteers will be mingling with the estimated half a million visitors the Fiesta attracts. We are aiming to raise £25,000 over the weekend – which is what it costs to keep our helicopter operational for four days. Our helicopter will be on site and our Critical Care Team  will perform demonstrations to entertain and educate the crowds.

We are looking to recruit 50 volunteers for each day of the fiesta, working across a range of roles including marshalling the helicopter, carrying out bucket collections and selling merchandise and raffle tickets. To join our Ground Crew for the event email or call the charity office on 0303 4444 999

11/08/2016 - 14/08/2016 at All Day
Ashton Court, Bristol

Dodgeball Tournament

Are you ready to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge your way to victory? On Thursday 8th September at 7pm Great Western Air Ambulance Charity are hosting for a fun packed Dodgeball tournament!

Taking place at Action Indoor Sports in south Bristol, it’s just £20 per person for a team of 8 players. With a prize for the best dressed team, an on site bar and a round robin tournament competing for the glory of the GWAAC cup it’s going to be a great evening raising vital funds to help the charity save local lives.

Ready to sign up? Head to to register your team!

08/09/2016 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Action Indoor Sports, Bristol

Bristol Half Marathon 2016

First staged in 1989, this city centre run has become a long-held tradition in the national running calendar. Over 10,000 runners every year make this a must do event with an atmosphere second to none.

We’ll give you full support with both your training and fundraising, an awesome support team on race day and the loudest cheer squad on the course to keep you going! We have several free places available for runners willing to take on the Bristol Half Marathon to keep us flying! All we ask in return is that you meet a small fundraising target. If you’d like to find out more, please email Ella in our fundraising team.

25/09/2016 at All Day
Bristol Harbourside, Bristol

Cheltenham Half Marathon 2016

Cheltenham’s Half Marathon is a popular road race set in the heart of this stunning regency town. Broad tree-lined avenues provide space to run, and the diverse course combines regency splendour with bags of Cotswold charm.

We’ll give you full support with both your training and fundraising, an awesome support team on race day and the loudest cheer squad on the course to keep you going! Runners can register to take part in the Cheltenham Half here.

25/09/2016 at All Day
Cheltenham, Cheltenham


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