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

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.

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

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

Bike Bath


Are you ready to hop on your bike and raise money for GWAAC, whilst also taking in the best scenery of Bath? Bike Bath is offering you the opportunity to do just that, and to join us on 3rd July to take part in either the 25, 50 or 80 mile route around the historical city!

We promise a fun-filled day, with on course food stations & medical support, a timing chip to record your time, and medals for taking part. Once the journey is complete, you can join your fellow riders at the event where food & drink will be available.

To take part, entry will cost £33 for the 50 and 80 mile ride, £20 for the 25 mile ride, and only £10 for children. We also ask for you to try and raise as much sponsorship as possible to support GWAAC… and to have fun!

Want to find our more? Contact our fundraising coordinator Ella ( If you’re gearing to go, sign up today!

03/07/2016 at 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Bath Recreation Ground, Bath

Charity Golf Day – Forest Hills Golf Course

The Mayor of Coleford and Forest Hills Golf Club are hosting an Amateur 4 Ball Team, Stableford competition. Come and enjoy a coffee & bacon roll on arrival, 18 Holes Of Golf, followed by a carvery meal in support of the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

The best 3 from 4 scores on each hole will count. Maximum Handicaps: Men 24, Ladies 36. Stroke allowance ¾. Prizes will be on offer for the best teams!

Entry is £140 per team of 4. The entry fee must be paid prior to the closing date, Friday 1st July 2016. Teams starting times will be allotted in the order entries are received.

For further details please contact: Town Clerk, Coleford Town Council, No 2, The Town House, Lords Hill Walk, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8BD

08/07/2016 at All Day
Forest Hills Golf Course, Coleford Gloucestershire

Ride 4 GWAAC


Have a passion for motorcycling? Then this is the event for you!

Join our organised 8 mile ride through Bristol, starting from Dick Lovett Motorrad. We’ll then follow the route over the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge before finishing at the Ashton Gate Stadium where food & drink will be available. Also, you won’t want to miss the popular AC/DC tribute band, Hells Bells, will be performing a free concert just for you!

It costs us £2.3 million a year to keep us saving lives, and unfortunately we were called out 67 times in 2015 to help those with life-threatening motorcycle injuries.

If you’re convinced, sign up here for only £7.50. We promise, it’s not to be missed!

10/07/2016 at All Day
Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol


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