World Health Day 2023: #HealthForAllApril 6, 2023
Will Hicks to brave the London Marathon in a helicopter costume for GWAACApril 19, 2023
2022 mission stats
Number of call-outs
Critical care car (70%)
Medical emergencies (52%)
Trauma incidents (48%)
We strengthened the chain of survival
Cardiac arrests accounted for 28% of our call-outs in 2022
In June, we launched our Public Access Defibrillator programme to equip local communities with the resources to respond to someone in cardiac arrest using a defibrillator.
We stated our ambition: for anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest to receive immediate CPR and defibrillation within five minutes, to reduce avoidable deaths in our communities.
We partnered with HeartSafe to produce an all-in-one lifesaving defib package to enable anyone to fundraise for and install a defib. In the first seven months, 19 new defibrillators were placed in the communities we serve.
Everyone should know basic CPR skills, and our team are passionate about helping people to acquire these skills and giving them the confidence to use them.
Our Heartstarters volunteers taught
people, CPR & defibrillator use
students, across 25 secondary schools
as well as:
people at events
They also taught:
students first aid for knife injuries
24 year old Sam Polledri passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest while on an evening out with his friends in central Bristol in February 2022.
There were five defibrillators in the area but none of them were accessible to the public. Sam’s death was a tragedy that could have been avoided.
Sam’s mum, Louise said: “If a defibrillator is used within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, survival rates jump from 6% to up to 74%. There were no wall-mounted and registered defibrillators near Sam so he wasn’t given the chance to survive.”
GWAAC’s Critical Care Team rushed to Sam that night, and worked hard to try and save him. Following his death, Sam’s family launched the Sam Polledri Foundation, which funded the placement of four GWAAC branded public access defibrillators across Bristol in 2022.
We secured more landing sites in our area
Twenty-nine schools, clubs and businesses in our region agreed to become Official Landing Sites. They shared out-of-hours access details and other key information needed by our crew to exit a location and get to the scene of an emergency.
Landing sites are added to the South West Rendezvous Directory. When a call comes in the crew use it to quickly determine if there is a safe landing site nearby, decreasing response times.
We opened the doors to two more high street shops
Everyone was shocked to find out that air ambulance charities have no public funding despite the vital services they supply, adding to the sense of satisfaction and pride we all have in the shop that is now open.”
The new shops help raise awareness of the charity’s lifesaving work in Gloucestershire and raise much-needed funds to ensure the GWAAC crew can continue to be there for those in need. They encourage people to shop local and support their high street as well.
Thank you to our dedicated volunteers
Our magnificent volunteers gave their time and energy in so many ways, enabling GWAAC to achieve more than we ever could without them.
Our amazing retail volunteer teams worked across four shops