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 over 100 incidents a month, saving local lives. Whoever you are, we are there when you need us.


We Rely on You

Get Involved!

From donations, to taking part in sponsored events, to playing our lottery, there are so many ways you can help keep us flying.

We rely on your generosity to help us provide life saving treatment, so please get involved.



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

Dragon Boat Regatta 2016 – Gloucester

The Rotary Club of Gloucester Severn’s Dragon Boat Regatta returns to Gloucester Docks on Sunday 8th May 2016. This is the 19th annual staging of this colourful and popular event in Gloucester Docks.

Companies, societies and groups of friends will make up the 30 teams paddling against one another. All proceeds from the event will go towards charitable causes, including the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

This is a full day’s entertainment for the whole family, so come down to the docks for some fiery dragon fun.

08/05/2016 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gloucester Docks, Gloucester Gloucestershire

Great Bristol 10K

Runners- Pictures

Do you have what it takes to run 10k in one of England’s most famous cities? Join hundreds of people as they pass through Bristol’s Harbourside, Avon Gorge, and the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge! This year, GreatRun comes to Bristol to not only offer you the chance to get fit and have fun, but also to raise money to keep us flying and saving lives!

It isn’t just for the grown-ups either, bring the whole family along where children will be able to run for a mile and earn a medal as they finish. Don’t worry about not being in great shape, as the course is mainly flat and there will be no pressure to run the whole way!

For only £28 per entry and the opportunity to raise money for GWAAC, register now!


15/05/2016 at All Day
Bristol Harbourside, Bristol

Charity Skydive


Imagine standing at the edge of an open doorway in an aircraft flying at 10,000 feet, the noise of the engines and the wind ringing in your ears with only the outline of distant fields below. Now imagine leaning forward out of that doorway and letting go, falling forward into the clouds, diving down through the air as you start freefalling at over 120mph! Then imagine the peace and quiet as the canopy opens and you begin a tranquil parachute descent from a mile up in the air, steering yourself back down to the drop zone below.

You could take on this amazing challenge for FREE, all we ask in return is that you fundraise for us to help keep us flying! If this sounds like your kind of challenge, book online today or email us for more details.

25/06/2016 at All Day
Redlands Airfield, Swindon

Boulsdon Midsummer Ball

The 20th Anniversary Boulsdon Midsummer Ball in Newent is to raise vital funds for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

The Ball will take place on Saturday 2nd July 2016, and all the money raised will go towards keeping the helicopter in the air, ensuring this life-saving service continues across Gloucestershire and other parts of the county.

This year’s Ball will feature live performances by The Voice finalist Vince Freeman, a gourmet burger bar, cocktails and champagne, stilt walkers, late bar till 2am and a real London Taxi photo booth! For more information about the event go to Boulsdon Midsummer Ball on Facebook or call 07739 447069.

Laurence Venn, who has organised the event with his family since it started in 1996 has raised more than £40,000 for good causes over the years. This year they have decided to support the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity because it is such a valuable and critical service in a rural community which thrives on outdoor sports, such as equestrianism and rugby. Laurence said:

“It’s such a vital service, and yet they receive no day to day funding from the Government or National Lottery. We are aiming to celebrate our 20th anniversary by raising as much money as possible.”

GWAAC’s Head of Fundraising and Marketing Emma Carter said:

“We’re so grateful to Laurence and the team for their generosity and support. We rely on the people we serve to help us raise the £2.3million we need each year to stay operational. The money raised will help us to provide critical care to those who need it the most – saving more lives.”


02/07/2016 at 12:00 am
Coach House, Boulsdon, Newent Gloucestershire


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