The price of running South Yorkshire’s air ambulance has shot up to almost £10,000 a day because of spiralling costs, the boss of the helicopter service has revealed.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance – which previously needed £7,200 a day to keep its two choppers airborne – now requires an extra £2,790, taking the new daily running cost to £9,900.
This means the charity’s annual costs now add up to £3.6 million.
Chairman Peter Sunderland said that the increase was due to the rising price of fuel, premises and maintenance costs.
He said: “We have not been immune to the challenging economic environment and, as a result, are seeing a major impact on our running costs.”
But Mr Sunderland said he was ‘confident’ the charity could find the money, adding: “We are unable to convey just how grateful we are to all those people who support us.”
Last year the air ambulance attended 933 incidents.