GWAAC is the air ambulance for Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire, stretching across the Forest of Dean, the Cotswolds and the Severn Vale, is the largest county served by Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. If you call 999 in Gloucestershire and need the specialist skills of our crew we will be dispatched from our Almondsbury base and can be with you within 20 minutes.

In 2023 we were called out more in Gloucestershire than anywhere else in our region, that's 29% of our missions.

We also have four of our charity shops in the county so far, one in Cheltenham, one in Cinderford and two in Gloucester, and more to come.

You can also find us at many of the county’s biggest events including Frampton Country Fair, Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford and Fresh Art Fair at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Please do get in touch if you would like to find out more about fundraising in the county or volunteering with us.


2023 Gloucestershire missions in numbers:


Medical emergencies


Trauma incidents

We were called out to Gloucestershire 573 times in 2023. That's up from 536 times in 2022.

Meet Emma - Supporter Engagement Coordinator for Gloucestershire

Emma's Q&A

Favourite Gloucestershire hotspot
Do I have to pick one? Kiftsgate Court Gardens on a sunny day Wild daffodils at Kempley Bluebells on the Forest of Dean trails Batsford Arboretum for beautiful planting (and a lovely garden centre) Cotswold Sculpture Park, near Cirencester
Tell us about your supporters
Gloucestershire people understand the importance of the Air Ambulance service to our community. With so much of the county fairly remote it is not a surprise that many more of our missions are by helicopter here. The warmth and enthusiasm that greets me when I talk about what we do is really inspiring. I am grateful to have a community that wants to get involved and support what we do so passionately.
Favourite fundraiser
Almost anything that you enjoy can be a great fundraiser - it should be fun! What I love most is watching people having a really great time with fundraising being incidental to that and then being surprised by quite how much money they’ve made! So madcap fun is usually the best! From watching sheep-racing to a chilli-eating contest… But probably my absolute favourite are team challenges like a 24hr paddle-marathon where everyone plays their part - to work together to achieve something amazing is the best experience ever!
What Surprised You Most About GWAAC
Until I worked for GWAAC I had no idea of the sheer level of expertise that our crew take out with them every day. I had imagined a flying ambulance but these guys are so much more than that -they are an on call intensive care team…with skills and equipment that are really incredible in what they can achieve out in the field, by the side of a road, in your home…. Wherever they are needed
Favourite Thing About Working for GWAAC
Knowing that what I do and all our incredible supporters do every day enables that team to keep flying and being there to help save lives. And then also being there to support and care afterwards, the level of engagement I am privileged to have with former patients and their families.
Favourite food
What day is it? Honestly - probably cheese and biscuits - really good cheddar!
Top TV recommendation
The Sopranos- still the most perfect story arc!

Jasmine's Story

Niky's life was turned upside down on the morning of 31st October 2019, as any parents’ worst nightmare became a reality. Her four-year-old daughter, Jasmine, had stopped breathing – she was unconscious suffering a respiratory arrest and in need of emergency care, fast.

Photographed in Gloucestershire

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